ORLANDO, Fla. -- After watching a week's worth of practices and the game itself, here is a stock report from the Shrine Game:
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Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor
Taylor said all week he wanted to be a QB. He flashed adequate arm strength at times, threw a good ball and had nice touch on deep throws, but there are concerns about his ability to see the whole field because of his size (he measure at just under 6-foot-1). He struggles to see the field, work through his progressions and throw accurately from the pocket with bigger defensive linemen in front of him. You rarely see him just drop back and confidently go through his reads. Instead, he'd bail out and he just doesn't seem natural or comfortable as a pocket passer. Considering he has the size and explosiveness to play in a slash-type role, we would have liked to have seen him work out some as a returner or receiver. Even if it wasn't full time, it would have been nice to see him field some kicks or punts or run a few routes. We've seen this before where players don't want to give up playing QB. He might have leverage now, but when he's drafted and teams start paying his salary, he might not have same leverage to say he wants to be a QB only.
North Carolina DT Marvin Austin
Austin got better every day this week. He seemed to get his legs under him a little more (he was out of football shape at the start of the week) and that's when we saw the talent he has. He was by far the most talented prospect here. He flashed the quickness and explosiveness to beat blockers, created penetration throughout the week and had his best showing Saturday during the Shrine Game, which is a good sign. Still, he was inconsistent at times and his motor seems to run hot and cold. His off-field behavior mirrors his play on it -- he's inconsistent.
Delaware QB Pat Devlin
There are a lot of things to like about Devlin -- his poise in the pocket, ability to go through his progressions and accuracy on short-to-intermediate routes. But we have concerns about his arm strength. Can he drive the ball to the deep part of the field? Also, everything seems so tight, like he doesn't want to make a big mistake. We'd like to see him let it rip and play a little more carefree. He wasn't as accurate this week as we saw on film and his lack of mobility is a concern, but we also know he is very poised and a very good decision maker. Give him time and he'll pick you apart.