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East-West Shrine Game running blog

Players try to make a final impression on NFL scouts, and here's all the latest news

Originally Published: January 23, 2010
By Scouts Inc. | ESPN.com
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The practices are over. Now there's one last chance for prospects to impress the NFL scouts and coaches at the East-West Shrine Game. ESPN Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl are on hand and will keep you up to date with all the latest big hits and big plays, and track who is making the NFL scouts talk.


The game is just one part of the evaluation process for the scouts here, but here are a few players who really helped themselves with good games today:

• Virginia Tech S Kam Chancellor: He was around the ball more than any defensive player today. He showed great range, made big hits and held his own in coverage.

• Texas Tech CB Jamar Wall: He did a great job of anticipating cuts and breaking on the ball. He showed great discipline and maintained strong position throughout the day and never fell for double moves.

• Ole Miss DE Greg Hardy: By far, the most explosive pass-rusher off the edge. He proved why he has the most potential of any prospect here; now he just needs to show it more consistently.

• Indiana OL Rodger Saffold: Showed excellent feet and athleticism protecting the edge throughout the day. He also showed better toughness and finish than we had seen from our film studies.

• Northwestern QB Michael Kafka: He showed great poise and was the most accurate QB on the field today and during the week in practice. He put a bow on a good week with the game-winning drive and a TD pass to Andrew Quarless with six seconds remaining. He was able to quiet a few critics this week.

Collins making plays
East DT Nate Collins (Virginia) just made a play in backfield for a tackle for loss to help get the ball back for his team. He's undersized, but he's extremely quick and has great anticipation of the snap count. All week he's been using his quickness to make plays. He doesn't have the size to anchor (saw it earlier when he was double-teamed and knocked to the ground) but he is a one-gap penetrator who will fit into a defense that values quickness up front, like Indianapolis for example.

That's more like it
We called out East WR Blair White (Michigan State) earlier for not catching the ball with his hands and using his body instead, but he's since had a couple of nice catches where he plucked it cleanly out of the air away from his body. It's a good sign to see him do that, and he'll need to keep doing it and show scouts he can make grabs cleanly with his hands.