ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The final day of full pads practice is now complete and all that's left is the Shrine Game itself. Several players left a positive final impression on NFL scouts as we head toward Saturday's kickoff. Here are the Risers and Sliders from Wednesday's practices ...
Mark Glowinski/OL/West Virginia - Glowinski grew on me throughout the week and really turned it on Wednesday. He's a strong blocker who plays with solid fundamentals and controlled just about everyone he faced. Glowinski lined up at several offensive line positions displaying a degree of versatility in his game.
Devin Gardner/WR/Michigan - Gardner was not one of the better receivers in attendance, but the improvement he displayed at his new position the past three days was dramatic. He went from unsure, imprecise route running on Monday to confidently turning into breaks on Wednesday. Two days ago, he was fighting the football which resulted in dropped passes. Gardner was extending then snatching the ball from the air on Wednesday. He still has a long ways to go but is undoubtedly heading in the right direction.
Terrence Magee/RB/LSU - Magee's teammate Kenny Hilliard turned heads on Tuesday and today it was Magee who impressed scouts. The well-sized back displayed agility and quickness in his carries as well as the speed necessary to beat defenders around the corner. He showed a terrific burst through the running lanes and the ability to leave defenders grasping at air as he made opponents miss in the open field.
Bobby McCain/CB/Memphis - McCain was inconsistent in the early part of the week, but looked every bit the NFL cornerback on Wednesday. He shut down opponents in one-on-one drills then looked solid during scrimmage when zone coverage was employed.
Fritz Etienne/S/Memphis - Like his teammate, Etienne finished Shrine practices on a high note. He looked more like a cornerback than safety in coverage and made a beautiful interception during scrimmage which was roundly applauded. All week Etienne, who was barely noticed by scouts entering the season, showed next-level potential patrolling centerfield.
Damian Swann/CB/Georgia - Swann had been steady during the initial practices then really stepped up his play Wednesday. He made very few errors at the start of the week and on Wednesday he had several nice break-ups including one pick in the short field. Swann showed consistent ball skills all day.
Craig Mager/CB/Texas State - The small-school corner had his moments in practice on Wednesday. He's a feisty cornerback with a terrific burst as well as anticipatory skills. He made several nice plays on the football and did just enough for scouts to stamp him with a late-round grade on him.
Edmond Robinson/LB/Newberry - Robinson has struggled from day one of Shrine Week. He lacks the speed and athleticism to make plays outside the box and has been swallowed up by blocks in the middle of the field. Not the type of performance the prospect from a small school wanted.
Taylor Kelly/QB/Arizona State - Kelly gave effort and made the right choices in the pocket but he lacks next-level arm strength and many of his passes were high of the mark as he overthrew the ball in an attempt to get speed on the ball.