Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin Shrunk just over an inch at the weigh-in. Showed why he was able to get open for the Badgers against top competition this year. He really runs routes well.
Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest Shrunk over an inch and a half, but I am not convinced that actually is not a positive for him. It might actually help him when it comes to surviving in the slot in the NFL. Campanaro is one giant muscle and he was completely recovered from the separated shoulder. Tremendous feet and really excels laterally as a route runner. He seems to need to lean a little more when he makes cuts back to the football, but did everything I expected him to do this week.
Kain Colter, Northwestern Colter looked like a wide receiver, which is more than anyone could say about Denard Robinson last year in a similar position. Beyond that, Colter did nothing to really stand out as a player.
Shaq Evans, UCLA Evans is another player I have not seen on tape. In person, he was impressive. Nice build with broad shoulders, and showed strength and precision in route running. I was not expecting anyone on the North roster keep up with Jared Abbrederis in that respect, but he did a nice job. Sadly, he left with an injury but it was precautionary.
Robert Herron, Wyoming His speed was impressive and he showed how well he can get open, which were not surprises. Herron seemed to press which caused him to drop the ball and get in a funk he had trouble leaving. In watching him, I did notice he had loud hands when he was catching the football which would suggest he is getting too much palm on the ball, which could be part of the problem. It was unusual because he has shown good hands in playing football in Laramie, Wyoming which is an unforgiving environment in terms of cold and wind.
Josh Huff, Oregon Huff competed as hard as anyone on a consistent basis this week. He was able to win at a number of different areas of the field and he kept flashing talent. The North quarterbacks kept looking for him. I knew he could block from his tape, but was pleasantly surprised with just how much he was able to do as a receiver this week.
Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley State Might have been the most boring receiver there, for the right and wrong reasons. He never appeared to do anything wrong, but never did anything extraordinary either. To his credit, he never looked negatively impacted by the competition.
Deone Bucannon, Washington State Physically impressive and a smart, personable guy. It would not be a surprise if his stock shot up on media boards as he was sort of hiding in Pullman for the Cougars. The secret is out and he could end up going quite high. Bucannon looked more like a linebacker than Telvin Smith.
Pierre Desir, Lindenwood One of the more consistent performers of the week. His size and length are legitimate and he has shown good hips and the ability to react well in coverage.
Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska Another one where people who did not know enough about him before will go back and look at him now. His athleticism is impressive and his experience as a receiver is beneficial.
Marqueston Huff, Wyoming Huff has a nice skillset and could play both corner and safety. He really looked the part athletically. Whenever his playing career ends, the Wyoming football program would be smart to hire Huff as some sort of ambassador. He could not stop saying positive things about that school and program. Huff also said the best quarterback he faced this year was Derek Carr without question.
Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois Ward seemed to be the only true safety that made it clear he can be a huge asset in coverage. It does not mean that others cannot, but he showed he definitely can. Being able to play side by side with the rest of the safeties only served to help him stand out in that respect.