DE Deatrich Wise Jr, Arkansas – Edge rusher with good size (6’5, 275) speed (4.74), and quickness off the ball. Wise flashed his skills all game with consistent pressures on the opposing quarterback. Wise needs to get more consistent with his pad level, but has the tools to be an effective 4-3 defensive end and helped his cause in the Shrine Game.
DT Joey Ivey, Florida– At 6’3, 300 pounds, Ivey has the size and strength to be a force inside. He improved steadily at Florida but wasn’t productive enough to gain much draft traction. Ivey may have gotten on team’s radars this week with an excellent showing in practice and then a strong performance during the game.
Ivey had a sack, held his ground against the run game, and got multiple pressures against the pass. He was one of the best defensive linemen both during the game and in the week of practice leading up to it. Ivey should be a legitimate day three prospect now.
DL Bryan Cox Jr, Florida – The son of former Bear LB Bryan Cox was around the ball consistently during the Shrine Game. Cox showed an excellent motor and stopped a couple big plays with pure hustle. Injuries sapped Cox’s production this season, but he has enough size and intangibles to be a useful rotation player at the next level.
RB Elijah McGuire, Louisiana Tech – One of my favorites players in the Shrine game made me look smart for once with the game’s only touchdown and a couple of impressive runs. McGuire flashed good vision and burst and gained 42 yards on just seven carries. I’ve been high on McGuire all year and think he would be an upgrade over Jeremy Langford as Jordan Howard’s backup for the Bears.
RB Joe Williams, Utah – Might have been the most consistently impressive back during Shrine week. Williams showed an explosive burst through the line of scrimmage and the ability to change direction without losing speed. He had the best run during the game with a 35-yard scamper that flashed both his burst and agility.
That run also highlighted his biggest weakness, a lack of tackle breaking ability. Williams had only one guy to beat in the open field on his long run but went down on a fairly weak leg tackle. His lack of power as a runner and his strange mid-career retirement are both red flags, but Williams has enough talent with the ball in his hands to get drafted on day three.
DE Trey Hendrickson, Florida Atlantic – Extremely productive pass rusher with 23 sacks and 30 tackles for loss over the last two seasons, who showed why this week. Hendrickson played with a relentless motor and lived in the backfield during both practice and the game. On Saturday, he had a strip sack and multiple pressures. Hendrickson played well enough all week to maybe boost his draft stock into the second day.
WR Austin Carr, Northwestern – Only got two targets but caught them both, including a nice grab on a pass well behind him that he was able to turn into a 16-yard gain. Carr had a solid week of practice as well and continued to prove he’s a reliable slot receiver option.
OT Sam Tevi, Utah – Was a key component in a couple of the West’s big runs. Tevi was one of the few offensive linemen who didn’t look overmatched during the game and was able to seal off his man and open wide rush lanes for the West’s running backs.
Tevi is a solid right tackle prospect who could be even better at the next level with a move inside to guard. He has quick feet, good enough size (6’5, 312), a powerful punch, and the lower body strength to move defenders off the line of scrimmage. He’s an underrated draft prospect who could be a steal on day three.
LB Paul Magloire, Arizona – I didn’t know much about Magloire coming into Shrine week, but was pretty impressed during the game. He was all over the field and flashed his impressive speed (4.53) to make plays sideline-to-sideline. Magloire lacks size, so will need to be protected by some space-eaters at defensive tackle, but has the instincts and burst to be a solid run stopper at inside linebacker.