With shrine week underway, here are some offensive players from the east team that should standout and catch your eyes. Also, these draft prospects could potentially get their names called on draft day in a few months and maybe on the team you support.
DaMarkus Lodge – WR – Ole Miss
2018 Stats: 65 receptions, 877 receiving yards, 4 receiving touchdowns
Collegiate Career Stats: 122 receptions, 1,790 receiving yards, 14 receiving touchdowns
Lodge was hidden in college due to D.K. Metcalf and A.J. Brown, who are set to become potential first round picks, but in a few years do not be shocked if the young Ole Miss Rebel is better than his collegiate teammates. Lodge is the most polished and pro-ready of the trio, from his bevy of releases against press coverage to his body control along the boundary and his blocking on the perimeter. He is just starting to realize the potential he holds (exceptional ball skills and blazing speed). In the NFL, he will have to learn to become a better route-runner.
Ty Johnson – RB – Maryland
2018 Stats: 66 rushing attempts, 506 rushing yards, 3 rushing touchdowns
Collegiate Career Stats: 348 rushing attempts, 2,635 rushing yards, 17 rushing touchdowns
Johnson is a compact built runner that sheds tackles and churns to pick up extra yards. Great special teams player, which will help him find a home in the NFL in the early portion of his career and as a return man. Creative runner. He needs to prove he can play on a third down role and his creativity can get out of control, which leads to no gain.
Tyree St. Louis – OT – Miami (FL)
2018 Stats: 13 starts, Help contribute to 2,489 rushing yards and 2,175 passing yards
Collegiate Career Stats: 34 straight starts (LT – 13 games/ RT – 21 games)
Shows versatility by being able to play both the left and right tackle positions. ACC’s best offensive tackle product in this draft. He brings impressive foot speed for a man of his size. There is a noticeable spring in his step when initially pass setting. St. Louis is an intelligent blocker that recognizes stunts and blitzes and has the reactive athleticism to slow them down. He flashes an effective punch and battles to establish his hand fits. He showcases a stout anchor and is capable of absorbing power. The Hurricane product needs to slow down on his kickslide and work on playing with a better bend.
Jordan Ta’amu – QB – Ole Miss
2018 Stats: 3,918 passing yards, 19 passing touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 63.6 CMP%
Collegiate Career Stats: 5,600 passing yards, 30 passing touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 64.5 CMP%
Jordan Ta’amu is the ideal developmental, mid-round quarterback pick in this class. He has shown great accuracy at Ole Miss. He is mechanically-sound and can beat defenses at all levels of the field already. What he needs to improve on is reading defenses, pick up pressure pre-snap and make consistently good decisions in a muddy pocket.