A few notes from day 2 of the NFP's coverage of the Shrine practices:
Pat Devlin, QB (Delaware)
It goes without saying that this wasn’t the kind of practice Delaware quarterback Pat Devlin had in mind for his first showing of the week. He was spraying the football all over the place, didn’t seem nearly as comfortable in the pocket as he did during his time at Delaware and his overall accuracy suffered because of it. And the main culprit? Well, he was taking snaps from under center. Devlin took nearly all his snaps from the gun over the past two seasons and was rarely asked to read a defense and decipher information in his drop, quickly get away from under center before balancing his footing and striding into a throw. Today he looked fidgety and uncomfortable trying to maintain balance in his lower half while still attempting to get the ball out on time. Most media sources will likely end up killing the guy for his struggles in day one, but in my view it’s just part of the learning curve for a quarterback who is making the move from a college spread to more of a traditional NFL offense.
Bryant Browning, OL (Ohio State)
Ohio State offensive guard Bryant Browning did a nice job in pass protection at times today during the one-on-one drills. He’s a bit sloppy in the mid-section and isn’t the most natural benders, at times getting doubled over at the waist, but he’s a long kid who does a nice job extending his arms into contact and gaining leverage at the point. At times he got himself in trouble because his hand placement was poor — too high — allowing defenders to get under him, but his ability to play long and stick to blocks through contact will definitely give him a shot of holding up inside at the next level as a potential roster guy.
Justin Rogers, CB (Richmond)
I’ve been impressed with Richmond CB Justin Rogers all year and he made another nice impression on me during 11-on-11 today. He’s still developing with his footwork when asked to play near the line of scrimmage in man and sit into his drop — something he didn’t do often in college. However, as an off/zone guy, he displays an impressive initial burst out of his breaks, keeps his pad level down, doesn’t waste much motion when asked to click and close and has a nose for the ball. He’s a bit scheme-limited and looks better suited to play on the inside, but he’s an intriguing small-school defensive back nevertheless who showed well at first glimpse vs. the jump in competition.
Bruce Miller, LB (Central Florida)
Finally, Central Florida defensive end Bruce Miller really had a tough time disengaging from blocks in all areas of the game this afternoon, a trait which I think will ultimately keep him from making an NFL roster. He’s an undersized kid with a good motor, but his real downfall is his short arms, as he fails to gain leverage consistently at the point in the pass game and can easily be stonewalled and contained through the play.