The East-West Shrine Game is the first stop on the postseason all star circuit. Who are some the prospects that Ducks fans should keep their eye on? Are there are any former Ducks on the teams? I’ll be breaking these down by offense and defense for both squads.
1. Jordan Ta’amu 6’2 212 Ole Miss
- Possesses a really quick release. Has an above average arm talent that can make every throw asked of him. Deep ball is very consistent. A good athlete can get you yards on designed runs if need be. There are system fit questions along with frame issues. A two year starter that has played against the best of the best and looked decent doing it. 2018 stats: 266/418 (64%), 3,918 yards, 19 TDs, 8 interceptions.
2. Taylor Cornelius 6’6 232 Oklahoma State
- Think Mike Glennon and you get Cornelius. He was the starter for the Pokes in 2018 after battling it out for the past couple of years. System fit is an issue at the next level. I’m not sure if the Oklahoma State offense is a natural fit even with more spread concepts filtering into the NFL. He’s a gamer. Average arm talent. Posted 287/484 (59%) 3,973 yards, 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2018.
1. Darnell Woolfolk 5’9 225 United States Military Academy
- The star senior back from West Point has a legitimate pro future once he completes his service commitment (service academy players must finish out their service with 0 chance of appeal). He has increased his production every year in Army’s powerful option attack.
1. DaMarkus Lodge 6’1 199 Ole Miss
- Lodge could be one of the faster receivers in nation. He’s a fantastic deep threat for the Rebels. Has stepped up tremendously for the injured D.K. Metcalf. Every time I see him, he’s blazing by a corner on nine routes but has the ability to run other routes. A willing run blocker.
2. Terry Godwin 5’11 185 Georgia
- He was the go to weapon for QB Jake Fromm. Has a habit of making incredible catches out of nowhere. Excellent blocker when asked to do it. Technically sound as a route runner. Not the best athlete at receiver but has just enough speed.
3. Ryan Davis 5’9 185 Auburn
- Davis might end up being a better pro than college player due to the not NFL ready system he was in. He was the best Auburn receiver that severely lacked any consistency under multiple QBs. Popped off the screen nearly every time I watched Auburn live and on tape.
1. Tyree St. Louis 6’5 305 OT Miami
- Underrated tackle prospect that has been on the radar for a couple of years now. Versatile enough to play both tackle positions. Has played left tackle as senior. He’s a talent that needs to be developed. Might hang around on the practice squad for a year or two before making it.
2. Lamont Gaillard 6’2 308 C Georgia
- The man in the middle that ran everything for the Dawgs. He’s an instinctive athlete and can pull on occasion. The starter at center the past two years. Has a future in the league.
3. Martez Ivey 6’5 305 OL Florida
- He started at tackle for a majority of his Gators career but profiles better as a guard at the next level.
1. Brett Rypien 6’2 203 Boise State
- Rypien is a four year starter that has improved upon his numbers every year minus one. The one major thing I noticed about him is that he has a lightning quick release. Very good in the short and intermediate areas. Doesn’t dilly dally and knows where he’s going with the ball in an instant. Footwork is a plus even when the pocket gets messy. Not the most athletic in the world but has just enough to scramble around. Arm talent is a plus, albeit barely enough to make all the throws. Frame is a bit of a question as he looks smaller than the listed measurements
2. Easton Stick 5’11 190 North Dakota State
- The darling of the scouting community gets his shot at impressing scouts in a competitive environment. The measurements aren’t ideal for the next level. He has continued the NDSU train this season. I will be watching him closely.
1. Nick Brossette 6’0 221 LSU
- The heir apparent to current Washington Mascot That Shall Not Be Named RB Derrius Guice. A different type of back than Guice. More of a thunder type of back. He didn’t have a great 2018 season given the circumstances of LSU’s still inconsistent offense but has a chance to prove his talent this week.
1. KeeSean Johnson 6’1 202 Fresno State
- Johnson is the eighth leading receiver in all of FBS with 93 receptions for 1,307 yards and eight touchdowns. He’s the main target for the Bulldogs and has improved upon his production every year. Above average route runner with just enough athleticism to get by. Fits as an third receiver type at the next level.
2. Shawn Poindexter 6’5 218 Arizona
- Poindexter was the veteran gamebreaker receiver (18.1 yards per catch) for the Wildcats. He was a solid contributor that posted 42 receptions for 759 yards and 11 touchdowns.
3. Cody Thompson 6’2 205 Toledo
- Thompson is an electric receiver that is used all over the field by the Rockets. He had a highlight in which he literally grabbed the ball from the punter’s foot and scored a touchdown all in one motion. A name to watch as we move along in the offseason process.
1. Dillon Kano 6’5 265 Oregon
- Kano had a brief cameo season for the Ducks after transferring in from USF. He did just enough for a coveted spot this week so there’s a chance he does something with it. Flashed a ton at South Florida.
2. Andrew Beck 6’3 255 Texas
- Beck was the go to safety valve for the Longhorns offense when they needed him. Blocking specialist that can surprise folks with his receiving ability. Has a chance to improve his stock.