David Cobb (Minnesota) – 5110, 229. Runs with good body lean and pushes the pile. Lacks game breaking speed but gets the tough two and three yard runs. Good vision. Must work on his pass protection blocking and hands to catch the ball more naturally. Jeremy Langford (Michigan State) – 6000, 211. Stood out in pass protection drills in Mobile. Shows good vision and cutback ability. Started the week strong and suffered some back tightness on Thursday. He did not play in the game. Must improve catching the football. Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska) – 5080, 198. Was voted the game MVP. Lacks ideal size for an every-down back, but shows explosiveness and a top level burst. He plays with a strong base and balance. An aggressive route runner and reliable pass catcher with soft hands. Good vision that can win open field one-on-one battles. Marcus Murphy (Missouri) – 5090, 195. Added late in the week on Friday after Jeremy Langford’s injury. He has some skills as a receiver out of the backfield and as a return specialist. He returned one punt for 10 yards and returned 2 kickoffs with a long of 36 yards. Cameron Artis-Payne (Auburn) – 5100, 212. Answered questions during the week about catching the ball in his hands. Has good patience and burst through the hole. Lacks breakaway speed, but is fast enough. Needs work in pass protection. David Johnson (Northern Iowa), 6010, 224. A good athlete with light feet, good acceleration, and cutting ability. Good vision. Natural hands. He caught the ball better than the backs and tight ends in the practices. Competed well versus the step up in competition. Tyler Varga (Yale) – 5100, 227. Physically passed the weigh-in test as the cover boy for Muscle & Fitness magazine. Solid practices during the week. Showed ability to run, catch, and block. Excelled on special teams and as a lead blocker at fullback. Good utility back. Jalston Fowler (Alabama) – 5110, 264. Old school bruising fullback with enough ability to carry the ball between the tackles. Catches the ball in his big hands. Connor Neighbors (LSU) – 5100, 242. Did nothing special but his job. A short-necked lead blocking fullback that has special teams’ talent.
East-West Shrine Game
Dominique Brown (Louisville) – 6022, 232. Moves well for a big man. Is a big upright runner who lowers his shoulder on contact. Finishes his runs. Rushed for 70 yards on 19 carries and scored one touchdown. Opened eyes after falling out of favor with the Cardinals in the fall. Kenny Hilliard (LSU) – 6000, 235. Did not play in the game. Monday and Tuesday the big downhill back flashed the vision, power, and patience he showed at LSU. Caught the ball well in his hands after running crisp routes. Terrence Magee (LSU) – 5090, 220. A complete back who can catch, block, and run with a low center of gravity. Demonstrated good vision, cutting ability, and upfield burst. Larry Dixon (Army) – 5100, 237. A running back for the Cadets. Was the lead blocker during the week. Malcolm Brown (Texas) – 5115, 223. Runs with a low center of gravity. Flashed good quickness and cutting ability. Was consistent and focused in practice. John Crockett (North Dakota State) – 5116, 217. I-formation downhill runner who impressed in practice, but running room on game day was limited. He squares up his shoulders and hips and runs north and south. He presses the hole and cuts off his blocks. Physical in pass pro drills. Zach Zenner (South Dakota State) – 5114, 218. The youthful looking running back flashed his explosiveness around the corner and his reliable hands during practice. Impressive foot quickness in tight spaces and slips through seams and gets every possible yard. Our scouts graded his hands the best of any running back on either team. Aaron Ripkowski (Oklahoma) – 6013, 255. A West coast fullback type who can catch and open running seams.