Frank Gore Jr. Draft Stock Rises:
Frank Gore Jr. put on a show at the Shrine Bowl last week. He had numerous big runs but none more impressive than his 49 yard run to the house. Gore Jr. may not be as big as his father and might not hold the same finishing ability that kept his father on rosters for 16 years. But he does have really great poise as a receiving back which will most likely be his role in the NFL. Frank Gore Jr is also a phenomenal blocker and will carry that with him to the next level. He should almost certainly get drafted after his performance and has a great chance of having impact on an NFL roster next year. It remains to be seen if this role will turn into fantasy relevance at the next level.
East Quarterbacks Disappoint:
Between Austin Reed, Devin Leary and Jack Plummer, there were very few highlights to go around last week. I was a bit disappointed with Reed, but expected performances similar to this from Leary and Plummer. It is hard to see any of these players capture a Top 64 role in the NFL QB landscape as rookies next year.
Anthony Gould Flashes Potential:
With the East team stalled on offense the whole day, Anthony Gould provided a wow moment when he took a punt back 80 yards for a touchdown. The run was smooth as he glided through oncoming defenders and hit a top speed of 19 MPH. He may have turned heads enough with this performance to get tryouts as a returner during next year’s training camp.
Taulia Impresses, But Questions About His Size Still Remain:
Taulia Tagovailoa was the best QB at the shrine bowl. He was extra impressive flashing his mobility. He still looks very small around the competition though. His big connection to Jadon Janke was slightly underthrown costing the receiver some yards. He is a very talented player, but has an uphill climb with his size.
Blake Watson Receiving Ability On Display:
Blake Watson led all receivers in the shrine bowl with 65 yards on 6 catches. Watson had the unique experience of getting a whopping 18 touches in this year’s Shrine Bowl which does not happen very often. Watson was okay as a runner accumulating 46 yards on 12 carries. He was a standout catching the ball out of the backfield, making moves in space and gaining extra yards where he could. Watson has his best shot at NFL playing time catching passes out of the backfield.
Dallin Holker Will Make Plays In The NFL:
Holker looked smooth in his Shrine Bowl appearance. He ran good routes, made some impressive catches and fought for every yard after the catch. Holker currently sits as a day 3 pick, but don’t be surprised to hear his name called at the end of day 2.
Malik Washington Gets It Done At Practice:
Washington did not play in last week’s shrine bowl, but proved all he needed to in practice. Reports touted Washington every day, winning routes on everyone and winning them in all different ways. Washington appears to have caught the eye of some , but still remains generally underrated to many in the national media. Expect to hear his name more as the draft creeps closer.
Jabari Small Underwhelms:
Small did not do much with his Shrine Bowl opportunities. He rushed for 17 yards on 6 carries, not really making it to the second level on any of them. Small put up modest stats this past season, making it interesting to see if he will get drafted.
Jacob Kibodi Impresses:
Kibodi was a late addition to the Shrine Bowl. He managed 35 yards on just 3 carries and looked quick every time he touched the ball. He is someone to keep an eye on particularly to see how his performance might open some eyes.
Opportunities For Receivers Were Limited:
Overall, there weren’t too many great opportunities from wide receivers. Partially due to less than ideal QB play but also due to a generally balanced playbook throughout the game. Targets were shared evenly between all players on both teams.