Despite being in the middle of the 2013 NFL Playoffs, general managers and scouts from around the NFL are also in the middle of preparing for the 2013 NFL Draft. One part of that preparation is the series of college all-star games taking place around the country, including this afternoon's East-West Shrine Game.
This afternoon, the East-West Shrine Game takes center stage in St. Petersburg, Florida. The game features several worthy prospects for April's NFL Draft, as well as several players who are looking to make an impact and raise their draft stock. Since NFL general managers and scouts are descending on Tropicana Field, it's time to take a look at some of the prospects the Miami Dolphins could be watching this afternoon.
Here is a list of some of the players that could fit the Dolphins' draft needs, and some of the reactions to their performances in the practices this week:
- Emory Blake, WR, Auburn - "Blake continues to have solid practices, showing why he was one of Cam Newton's favorite targets during their time together at Auburn. Blake runs very nice routes and utilizes head fakes to get open down the field and gain separation. He's been one of the better overall wide receivers I've seen thus far." - Alfie Crow, SB Nation
- Jasper Collins, WR, Mount Union - "Considering he is the only Division-III prospect participating this week, it was even more impressive that Collins was the most polished route runner and consistent receiver on the roster. He isn't the biggest or the fastest, but he displayed excellent footwork and short-area quickness to set up his routes, keep defenders off balance and create separation to give the quarterback an open target. Coming from the same program that produced NFL starting receivers Pierre Garcon and Cecil Shorts, Collins is used to expectations, and he passed this week with flying colors." - Dane Brugler, CBS Sports
- Keenan Davis, WR, Iowa - "Iowa wide receiver Keenan Davis put in another great practice and is shaping up as one of the best offensive talents in the game. Galko believes he 'could be a fantastic interior-working receiver' in the NFL." - Alfie Crow, SB Nation
- Marcus Davis, WR, Virginia Tech - "[Eric] Galko seemed very disappointed in Davis after the week. Coming in as one of the biggest names at his position, Galko expected to Davis to gain more separation from defenders and to show off better hands." - Louis Bien, SB Nation
- Trent Steelman, WR, Army - "The former Army quarterback looked much better than I anticipated making the switch to wide receiver. He was quick in and out of his cuts and showed no fear catching the ball over the middle. Steelman did a surprisingly good job catching the football with his hands as well. He obviously needs a lot of refinement, but you can tell he's a "football player" to put it as a cliche. Steelman has run some wildcat, thrown a couple halfback passes, and even lined up as long snapper for the East team. He drew a lot of interest from scouts after practice as well." - Alfie Crow, SB Nation
- Lucas Reed, TE, New Mexico - "Reed is an interesting tight end to watch and gets down the field well. He catches the ball well and can get open, but he leaves a bit to be desired in the blocking department, especially in-line. He could be a candidate to be a joker or move-tight end that a lot of NFL teams have been looking for. He also offers a big target for quarterbacks at 6'6"." - Alfie Crow, SB Nation
- Earl Watford, G, James Madison - "After struggling on the first day of practice I did not expect to be including Watford on this list, but his athleticism combined with his improvement from Monday to Wednesday has me excited about his future. Excellent body control, balance and coordination combined so that he could adjust to block a moving target with remarkable ease out in space. Quick out of stance to set to block, Watford can "get a good fit," kept feet moving and could keep man pinned on LOS in pass pro. Perhaps most impressive was Watford's ability to re-set and anchor when he was jolted backwards initially by power rusher. Watford is not likely to be a high draft pick, but after what I observed in Tampa I am confident that he will develop into a quality starting guard in time." - Russ Lande, National Football Post
- David Bass, DE/LB, Missouri Western State - "Bass dominated the Division-II ranks, bringing a productive resume to the NFL with 56 tackles for loss and 39.5 sacks over his career. And playing next to FBS-prospects in St. Pete's, he didn't look out of place with the quickness and hand strength to defeat blocks and find his way to the ballcarrier. Bass has room to refine his pass rush moves to be more effective, but he flashed in practice why he was able to be so productive in college." - Dane Brugler, CBS Sports
- Mike Catapano, DE, Princeton - "After dominating the Ivy League, Catapano came to Tampa needing to prove he could be as productive against better competition and he definitely did that. Quick off the ball, Catapano displayed strong and aggressive use of hands to jolt and defeat pass blocks with surprising ease. Able to consistently beat the offensive tackle around the corner and inside allowed him to regularly pressure the quarterback in every drill. Not only productive rushing the passer, his ability to defeat run blocks allowed him to make plays against the run at him and away. His strong week of practice has put Catapano in position to be a third round pick if he continues to perform well the rest of the spring." - Russ Lande, National Football Post
- Caleb Schrebis, DE, Montana State - "The most impressive defensive lineman from my view today was Caleb Schrebeis from Montana State. The speed rusher was extending away from his body well to drive his legs with good pad level, attacked the edge well, and stunted inside very well with speed/pad level. He attacked the edge the active hands consistently." Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
- Keith Pough, LB, Howard - "The most impressive linebacker again today was Keith Pough from Howard. He has consistently shown thus far this week that he can pick up running backs well in coverage, and has opened up with his hips very well to deep coverage. He's reacting and bursting in coverage well too. Combine those two skill sets I didn't know he had with his intense leadership this week, and he may be a team-by-team favorite." - Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
- Brandon McGee, CB, Miami - "After a very up-and-down senior season for the Hurricanes, McGee is going to force many talent evaluators who saw him this week to go back and watch more tape of the Miami cornerback. In individual match-ups, he stayed patient and disciplined in his stance with the confidence and footwork to stick with the receiver all over the field. Previously thought to be a late-round prospect, McGee was definitely one of the bright spots of the week and has gained some momentum heading into the NFL Combine." - Dane Brugler, CBS Sports
- Trey Wilson, CB, Vanderbilt - "The SEC corner had an up and down day, but the biggest thing I noticed is he seemed to take to coaching willingly and apply what he was being taught quickly. Wilson messed up his coverage on one play, the coach explained to him what he should have done, and then a few plays later applied what he was taught and nearly picked the football off." - Alfie Crow, SB Nation
- Khalid Wooten, CB, Nevada - "The best of the defensive backs today was Nevada's Khalid Wooten. The cornerback wasn't great in zone drops, but as a press cornerback, he drove with his hands well initially, opened up smoothly, and stayed tight to his receiver on multiple occasions. He's impressed enough this week to be more than just a 'draftable' guy." - Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
- Zeke Motta, S, Notre Dame - "Zeke Motta of Notre Dame was impressive again today in man coverage, and for a likely Cover 2 safety at the next level, Motta is showing a wide range of skill sets I didn't know he had. I like Motta quite a bit before this week, and he's shown the ability to fit in multiple roles now." - Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting
- Earl Wolff, S, NC State - "Playing in a secondary with David Amerson and Brandon Bishop at NC State, Wolff seemed to be overlooked by many, but for those who watched the East practice, it was tough to ignore the impact he made on the field. He showed good plant-and-drive quickness to diagnose the play and attack ballcarriers in front of him. Wolff also displayed the athleticism and footwork to hold up in man coverage, lining up in the slot and gaining proper body position to knock down passes." - Dane Brugler, CBS Sports
The East-West Shrine Game is at 4:00pm ET today on NFL Network.