2013 East West Shrine Game: Day Two Recap
The East-West Shrine Game has proven to be the determining factor for small school prospects on draft day. Players last year such as Alfred Morris, Shaun Prater, and Jarius Wright have proven to be reliable players in the NFL, and all found their way through the East-West Shrine Game.
Going into day two of individual team practices, players have begun to separate themselves from being possible draft day selections, and undrafted free agents. Pittsburgh running back Ray Graham has been a consistent threat running the ball in the NCAA for three years at Pittsburgh. At the Shrine Game practices, he is out to prove that he belongs on an NFL roster. Tuesday was a day for full pads, and according to scouts present, Graham looked like the clear cut quickest player on the field. Despite missing the last game of the season, Graham should improve his draft stock with strong performances at the Shrine Game and NFL Combine. Graham officially measured at 5-foot-9 and 192 pounds, with 9 3/8-inch hands.
Along with successes at the East-West Shrine Game, there are also players who see their draft stock plummet into the ground, or up skyrocket up North to Canada. Former Heisman finalist Colin Klein out of Kansas State has put up a poor showing at Shrine Game practices thus far. According to Sirius XM's Adam Caplan, "Collin Klein struggles with his mechanics. He holds onto the ball too long. He holds it high. He's got a high release and a release where he waits a second and throws it. He's gonna struggle." Klein has been blessed with a running ability compared similarly to that of New York Jets' Tim Tebow. Klein has shown he cannot throw the ball effectively at the college level, and certainly cannot at the NFL level. If no NFL teams find an interest in Klein, the Kansas State product could very well find himself in the Canadian Football League. Klein officially measured at 6-foot-4 5/8 and 218 pounds, with 9 1/4-inch hands and a 77-inch wingspan.
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