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Monday, July 1, 2013
Who passed the eye test at The Opening?

By Tom Luginbill and Craig Haubert

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- One of the first things that stands out at an event such as The Opening is how guys pass the eye test. While we have seen most of the prospects in attendance, some on multiple occasions, there are a few we haven't seen yet. The ability to confirm or assess, in person, a prospect's height, weight, flexibility and body composition is an important factor in the evaluation process.

Monday morning's SPARQ session gave us the opportunity to do just that, and here are a few players who caught our eye.

• Top-rated offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) possesses excellent size for the position. The 300-pounder carries his weight well, and time in a college weight room should allow him to further develop his frame as he transforms his build and adds more muscle mass. Given his size, his feet are very, very smooth.

• A player who physically impressed us was ESPN 300 DT Thomas Holley (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln). The promising defender forced us to look at our rosters to pinpoint his identity; he carries his weight with a thick build and has the look of a big man with a basketball background.

Khairi Clark (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna) can be an explosive defensive tackle, but we feel he could benefit by further reworking his frame. He brings a lot of size to the trenches, but some of the size he possesses at this stage could hinder him from fully maximizing his ability.

• Local three-star prospect Henry Mondeaux (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) was a late addition, and we're looking forward to seeing the versatile athlete perform. Listed as a tight end, he said interest has been pretty even on both sides of the ball. Physically, he could project to either TE or DL, though we feel offense is his better fit, and that's where he will work out during The Opening.

• ESPN 300 DT Garrald McDowell (Covington, La./Covington) definitely impresses you with his stature far more so in person than on tape. In fact, we had early concerns about his ability to hold up full time, but it is very clear he has the height and frame to add the necessary bulk for the next level.

• Top-rated QB-PP Keller Chryst (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto) hits just about every physical benchmark you would like to see at the position, and from a stature standpoint, few look better on the hoof. We constantly reference the aptitude, but he looks like a redshirt junior.

• Top-rated CB Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) is much taller in person than he appears on tape, which really ups his value when matched against bigger, taller players on the perimeter.

• Since the basketball season ended, ESPN 300 ILB Kyle Berger (Cleveland/Saint Ignatius) has started to really put on the weight he is going to need at the position. He now has some bulk and stature to his frame and reminds us of 2011 ILB Joe Bolden.

• We wanted to see big things from WR Braxton Berrios (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road), and he tested very well. He looks just like Ryan Switzer from last year's event. Berrios lacks ideal size but is very good in many areas.