Best of the best
ORLANDO, Fla. -- With only a walk-through remaining, it's time to look at which player at each position has helped his stock the most this week.
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Todd McShay's top performers
East: Connecticut FB Anthony Sherman
He's undersized (5-11, 240 pounds) and fullbacks border on extinct in the NFL, but I was impressed with Sherman. He's competed all week. He's tough and has some power at the point of attack. He also has good hands. He caught the ball smoothly and got up the field. It's a pretty good fullback class and right now he's No. 6 in the class. He's a longshot to get drafted yet he's done nothing but help himself this week.
West: Nevada TE Virgil Green
Green has strong hands, a powerful upper body and is confident. On Wednesday, TE coach Jimmy Johnson implemented a drill for contact catches, draping himself all over the tight ends to see who could catch with defenders literally on them. Green was the strongest. He was catching the ball and bringing it in to his body despite Johnson being all over him. In another drill that focused on catching the ball on the sidelines and staying in bounds, Green was plucking it and tucking it.
Steve Muench's top performers
East: Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor
It was a light practice and this really showcased Taylor's athleticism. He didn't complete a pass of more than 15 yards but was accurate. He really shined during the two-minute drill. He was accurate making passes and took control of the offense. But remember, there weren't any big offensive linemen in front of him to make it tougher to find throwing windows. Still, on a day when the intensity level was down, Taylor made the most of practice.
Idaho QB Nathan Enderle
It wasn't a perfect day for Enderle. He missed a couple throws during the two-minute drill and was not as effective when they had him move his feet, but he is a lot more mobile than we thought he was heading into the week. He also showed off good arm strength and touch. He zipped a rope to the TE in a tight window on one play, and on goal-line drills, he threw back-to-back perfect back-shoulder fades, one to the right and one to the left.
Kevin Weidl's top performers
East: Clemson OT Chris Hairston
It was tough to evaluate linemen in just shorts and shells, but Hairston showed good feet and I liked how he set up. He stepped back in his sets, showed good balance and did a good job shuffling his feet, sliding and mirroring defenders. He has good hands. He kept his hands inside, had quick contact, a good punch and good hand placement. He had good angles as a run blocker and a good inline power base. He had a good day and is one of the better offensive linemen at this game.
West: UCLA DT David Carter
We like his initial quickness, strength and wide lower half. He has good feet and good hands, and does a good job of using them when battling offensive linemen. He made a few plays throughout the day, especially in team drills, disengaging, then redirecting or stopping the run on the interior. He showed a good swim and inside rip move to win as a pass rusher.