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ALL STAR GAME OBSERVATIONS
by Jay Goldberg

EAST WEST SHRINE PLAYERS THAT POPPED

Josh
Johnson
San Diego QB A great athlete who can run (726 yards, 7.2 ypr) and pass.  Johnson showed good accuracy, good movement in the pocket, and played well in the two-minute drill. He also had some dynamic runs.  He could force his way into day one of the draft.
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2007 206 301 2988 68.4 9.93 80 43 1 11 198.30

 

Bernard
Morris
Marshall QB An excellent athlete who is a good runner (488 yards in 2007), Bernard had some very good moments, but was not as consistent as he was in the Hula Bowl.  I still like him as a developmental quarterback.
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2007 253 398 3149 63.6 7.91 80 17 10 34 139.10

 

Kevin
O'connell
San Diego State QB It was more of the same (Hula Bowl) for O'Connell, although he did not look as good as he did in the Hula Bowl.   He moves well and looks more comfortable throwing on the run than in the pocket.  He continued to show enough skills to be an intriguing developmental prospect.
YEAR CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2007 257 439 3063 58.5 6.98 97 15 8 30 124.78

 

Thomas
Brown
Georgia RB
KR
Brown had a nice game and is an interesting player.  He showed quickness, was elusive but also showed toughness and returned kicks.  He has the look of a valuable role player in the NFL.
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 148 779 5.3 NA 10 10 84 8.4 NA 2 NA NA

 

Cory
Boyd
South Carolina RB Boyd has nice size and showed quickness through the hole, good inside running ability, and toughness.  He can also catch the ball very sell.
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 180 903 5.0 NA 9 36 405 11.3 NA 1 NA NA

 

BenJarvus
Green-Ellis
Mississippi RB A big strong back who could find a role as a short-yardage and goal line back.  Green-Ellis ran with strength and power all day.  
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 230 1137 4.9 NA 6 2 25 12.5 NA 0 NA NA

 

Anthony
Alridge
Houston RB
RET
Alridge showed the skills to be a good third down back and return man.  He returned punts and kicks, and caught the ball extremely well.  He ran inside and showed the ability to bounce it outside.
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 259 1597 6.2 NA 14 42 428 10.2 NA 5 NA NA

 

Kevin
Robinson
Utah State WR
RET
Robinson was the best player in the game.  He had a dynamic punt return for a touchdown, and also caught the ball well.  He is a real sleeper in the draft.  I like him a lot.  He averaged 18.9 yards on 20 punt returns and 29.3 yards on 43 kick returns in 2007.
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 55 640 11.6 NA 5 16 39 2.4 6 0 NA NA

 

Jason
Rivers
Hawaii WR Rivers was talked up big before the Hula Bowl and didn't overly impress me.  However, even with a drop, he showed good pass catching skills in this game.
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 92 1174 12.8 NA 13 0 0 0 0 0 NA NA

 

Paul
Hubbard
Wisconsin WR Hubbard has good size, and made a couple of very nice catches.  I will be interested in how well he works out.  He only played in 8 games in 2007.
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 14 305 21.8 NA 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0

 

Travis
Brown
New Mexico WR Brown showed reliable hands during the East West Shrine Game.
YEAR REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2007 72 981 13.6 NA 6 10 84 8.4 1 0 NA NA

 

Kendall
Langford
Hampton DE
DT
Langford was the only player I saw who put somewhat consistent pressure rushing the passer.  He has the size to play the end in a 3-4 defense as he was listed at 6'6", 290 pounds on the East West Shrine Game roster.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TFL INT PD
2007 72 6 12 13.5 0 0

 

Jesse
Nading
Colorado State DE Nading played the run very well. He penetrated to disrupt runs and was good in pursuit.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TFL INT PD
2007 56 3.5 2 6 1 1

 

Spencer
Larson
Arizona ILB Larson played the run well.  He showed he can flow to the ball carrier, fill the hole, and make the tackle.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 131 4 0 15.5 1 5

 

Jamie
Silva
Boston College SS
FS
PR
Silva was the defensive player of the game.  He was all over the field making tackles, hit hard, and showed good instincts against the pass.  He was also solid on special teams coverage units.  He should be a valuable sub at worst in the NFL.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 125 1.5 0 4 8 3

 

Zachary
Bowman
Nebraska CB
S
Bowman got some bad reviews for practice, but he played well in the game showing good covers skills and the willingness to hit.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 29 0 1 1 1 6

 

Marcus
Walker
Oklahoma CB
PR
Walker made some plays in the game.  He had a nice pick after reading a play and had showed up well in coverage on a couple of plays.
YEAR TACKLES SACKS QBH TLF INT PD
2007 47 0 0 1.5 0 2