2022 NFL Draft: Who Helped Themselves at the East-West Shrine Game?

The East-West Shrine Game was another opportunity for draft hopefuls to get the attention of NFL scouts around the league. The game was full of dramatics, including a major comeback effort from the East squad. The East was down by as much as 19 points late in the third quarter. The comeback was led by Yale QB EJ Perry. Perry led two fourth-quarter touchdown drives to pull the East squad within one point of the West. Unfortunately, the East was unable to recover the outside kick and the West was able to hold on for the 25-24 win.  Perry was one of many players to gain the attention of scouts and have them go back to watch their tape. Let’s see who else was able to impress during the game.

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East Team

  1. Diego Fagot LB, Navy (6-2,237lbs) – Fagot was a name people got to know during the week of practice. He was consistently around the ball making plays and showing off his ability to run sideline to sideline. During the game, Fagot made the hit of the day on Iowa State QB Brock Coller. What made the play impressive was how Fagot came from covering the running back out of the backfield to lay the wood on Coller. Besides the huge hit, Fagot displayed good instincts to find the ball and make a play. He looked decent in pass coverage which could help raise his draft stock. In my opinion Fagot fits best as a 4-3 middle linebacker who gets everyone in position and makes all the calls because of his high football IQ. He will possibly hear his name called during day 3 of the NFL Draft.

 

  1. EJ Perry QB, Brown (6-1,212lbs) – Perry surprised everyone during the week of practice by staying poised in the pocket, throwing receivers open with good anticipation, and throwing the ball accurately downfield. He was so impressive that he was named Practice Player of the Week by his coaches and fellow teammates. As mentioned before, Perry was responsible for leading the comeback effort for the East late in the 2nd During the comeback effort Perry racked up over 300 passing yards and threw 2 touchdowns. He honestly looked like a veteran QB the way he took what the defense gave him and did not force anything. Perry looked great throwing the short and intermediate routes. His pocket presence and awareness were put on display as he was able to avoid oncoming defenders. Even in the loss, Perry was still named MVP of the game. I think he will fit well in a system that has a dominant run game where it will help set up the pass. Perry should here his name called on day 2 of the draft.

 

  1. Marquan McCall DT, Kentucky (6-2,346lbs) – McCall was disruptive throughout the game defending the run and generating pressure up the middle on passing downs. He constantly commanded a double team for the offense to move the ball. McCall is physical at the point of attack and plays with good leverage to generate power from his bottom half.  As a pass rusher, McCall can collapse the pocket and make the Quarterback bail earlier then he has to. During the 1st half the West team was in the redzone inside the five-yard line about to score. For four plays straight McCall was the main reason the West team could not punch the ball into the endzone. I can see him fitting into a scheme where he plays mostly as a three-tech defensive tackle to help defend the run and pass. McCall could hear his name called early on day 3 of the draft.

 

  1. Juanyeh Thomas S, Georgia Tech (6-0, 207lbs) – Thomas is a rangy safety who plays like a centerfielder in baseball when the ball is in the air. He can run, cover, and tackle in space. Thomas can play in the box to help defend the run if needed, and he can strike the ball carrier like a bolt of lightning. Another quality of his game is his ability to cover the slot receiver. He also has good closing speed that allows him to close on ball carriers quickly.

 

  1. Samori Toure, WR (6-3, 191lbs) – Toure displayed the ability to create separation from defenders, run precise routes, and make contested catches at the catch point. He was the main target for any East quarterback that stepped on the field. Toure also showed the ability to get yards after the catch. It was a challenge for defensive backs to tackle him. I think he will fit in the West Coast offense where the short and intermediate routes are key to the offense. Toure should be a day 2 pick but may fall to day 3 due to position value.

 

West Team

  1. Ty Chandler RB, North Carolina (5-7, 203lbs) – Ty Chandler and Jashaun Corbin formed an impressive tandem in the West backfield. Chandler brought more of the power while Corbin brought the speed and lateral movement. The former Tarheels and Volunteer running back displayed patients, acceleration through the line of scrimmage, and the ability to finish runs. Chandler refused to go down after first contact. It mostly took multiple defenders to bring him down. His totals for the game were 11 carries for 69 rushing yards along with a reception for eight yards. He did commit a fumble during the game, but it was recovered by one of the offensive linemen. Chandler had never fumbled in four years of his college football career. I think he will fit in a zone offense where he can utilize his patients and vision to get up field. He should hear his name called early on day 3 of the draft.

 

  1. Jack Coan QB, Notre Dame (6-3, 217lbs) – Coan had a great game controlling the offense and throwing spot on balls to his receivers. The former Irish quarterback moved the offense down the field, completing 10/13 passes and he threw one touchdown pass to Oregon State TE Teagan Quitoriano. Coan took care of the ball and made the defense pay for their mistakes. In the pocket, he showed the awareness to locate the blitz and get rid of the ball quickly. Coan will start off his career as a backup but has the potential to start one day in the league with the right coaching. He fits the West Coast type of offense based on getting the ball out quickly to his playmakers. I can see a team taking a shot on Coan in the late rounds.

 

  1. Jashaun Corbin RB, Florida State University (5-11, 205lbs) – As mentioned before Corbin formed a unique running back tandem with fellow West teammate Ty Chandler. They both combined for nearly 100 yards rushing on just 19 carries. As for Corbin; he has the speed, vision, and lateral movement to make big plays in the NFL. He had eight carries for 50 rushing yards, one touchdown, and one reception for five yards. Corbin may have a slim frame, but he does not look to avoid oncoming defenders. He will benefit from a scheme where he can utilize his vision and lateral movement to get to the second level into the open field. Corbin is a mid-round pick that could help a team right away that uses multiple running backs.

 

  1. Jack Sanborn LB, Wisconsin (6-1, 239lbs) – Sanborn was another defender who was impressed by the way he flew around the field and located the ball. As a run defender, he has the instincts to diagnose the run and fill his gap correctly. Sanborn does not miss many tackles in the holes. In the passing game, he has the speed and awareness to play zone or cover a receiver. During the game, he was responsible for causing and recovering a fumble. Sanborn can also contribute as a special team player; this will raise his value to most teams. I can him being selected in the later rounds.

 

  1. Cordell Volson OT, North Dakota State (6-6, 319lbs) -Volson showed his physicalness and toughness during the game. He blocked well in the run game opening holes for backs. It seemed easy for him to move defenders out the way. As a pass blocker, Volson can mirror defensive linemen and slow them down at the point of attack. Overall, he had a great game protecting the quarterback. He can be selected as early as the fifth round of the draft.

 

  1. Jelani Woods TE Virginia (6-6,259lbs) – Woods was a playmaker on the field. He was able to get open with no problem and he made some tough catches. He showed his ability to run different routes and line up in different positions. Woods notched 3 receptions for 30 yards and caught one touchdown pass. If he can perform well at the combine, Woods can be an early day 3 pick.

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