St. Petersburg, FL --** Torrential rains forced the East squad indoors today at Shrine week, where they participated in a walk-through workout. On the other hand, the team from the West put on the pads for the first time and saw real action. Here are the standouts from their two-hour workout.
Josh Mauro/DL/Stanford: Mauro, a prospect who entered the season with a free agent grade, was impressive in every way today. Primarily lining up at defensive tackle, Mauro, 6-5, 276, displayed impressive first-step quickness, great hand-technique and consistently beat blocks to penetrate the line of scrimmage. He was unstoppable and definitely improved his draft grade.
Dakota Dozier/G/Furman: The small-school left tackle was kicked into guard during practice on Tuesday, the position he'll play in the NFL, and looked good at his new spot. Dozier, 6-4, 312, overcame his lack of size and power by blocking with great technique and controlling defenders in one-on-one drills. He's an athletic sort of lineman who will only improve as he physically matures and gets stronger.
Jordan Najvar/TE/Baylor: Najvar was little used in Baylor's wide open passing attack which put three and four receivers on the field. But during Shrine practices he's proven to be a legitimate NFL prospect. At 6-6, 262, he has a long, lean build and plays an athletic game. What was most impressive is the way Najvar fights for the reception and, more times than not, came away with the catch.
Alden Darby/DB/Arizona State: Darby continued the momentum of his terrific senior campaign with a good first practice in St Petersburg. At 5-10, 192, the Arizona State product is not a big safety, yet showed much in the way of quickness, speed and agility. Even on the sloppy surface the West used for practice, he showed the innate ability to quickly break to the ball which resulted in several pass defenses.
Charles Leno/OL/Boise State: Leno looked good in both one-on-one drills then took his game to another level in full scrimmage. The left tackle displayed terrific agility and footwork in pass protection as well as strength blocking for the running game. Being able to hold down the left tackle spot is a big bonus for the 6-foot-4 Leno, as many scouts thought he lacked the size to hold up at the position coming into the week. He was beaten a few times in one-on-one drills, however.
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