With shrine week underway, here are some offensive players from the west 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.
Easton Stick – QB – North Dakota State
2018 Stats: 62.3 CMP%, 2,752 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, 7 interceptions
Collegiate Career Stats: 61.0 CMP%, 8,693 passing yards, 88 touchdowns, 28 interceptions
Stick is an accurate thrower on the run. He will test man coverage and can deliver a nice ball in tight windows. Easton has the arm strength do drive the football with pace and velocity. A true dual-threat that can scramble for yardage and execute designed runs. He comes from a pro-style system that features under center reps, frequent play action and 5/7 step drops, which scouts and their organizations like. Utilizes a pump fake to move coverage, resets and delivers. Sells and carries out his play fakes with intent. Honestly, he needs to make better decisions and just take what the defense gives him.
Brett Rypien – QB – Boise State
2018 Stats: 67.3 CMP%, 30 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 3,705 passing yards
Collegiate Career Stats: 64.0 CMP%, 90 passing touchdowns, 29 interceptions, 13,578 passing yards
Brett has a wicked release and can dice up zones with his quick motion and great zip on the football. A true pocket passer who goes to secondary and tertiary progressions readily and with poise in a clean pocket. Maximizes YAC by hitting receivers in stride and can throw to space with good anticipation of breaks and timing. This Broncos has as a deep ball that he can put on the appropriate shoulder/leverage with average success. He needs to stop locking on the first pre-snap read at times and attempt to force the ball into unnecessary windows, trusting too greatly in his own accuracy to fit the throw.
Devine Ozigbo – RB – Nebraska
2018 Stats: 155 rushing attempts, 1,082 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, 23 receptions, 203 receiving yards
Collegiate Career Stats: 419 rushing attempts, 2,196 rushing yards, 21 touchdowns, 49 receptions, 488 receiving yards
Ozigbo could be a steal in the upcoming draft for a team looking to implement a blend of power and lateral quickness into their backfield. Ozibgo thrived in zone rushing concepts at Nebraska under coach Scott Frost. Ozigbo showed strong anticipation and vision pressing the line of scrimmage to find gaps and cutting to and through the secondary level. Can catch out of the backfield and probably the best pass-catching running back in the Shrine Game.
Nick Brossette – RB – LSU
2018 Stats: 240 rushing attempts, 1,039 rushing yards, 14 rushing touchdowns
Collegiate Career Stats: 286 rushing attempts, 1,345 rushing yards, 14 rushing touchdowns
Brossette is balanced enough as a player to provide a capable option on all three downs. This LSU Tiger is a one-speed, power back best suited for gap/power concepts in the run game, but capable of inside zone if asked to do. He is not going to be an ideal feature back at the next level but Brossette is can man a no. 2 or 3 spot for a team.
KeeSean Johnson – WR – Fresno State
2018 Stats: 95 receptions, 1,340 receiving yards, 8 receiving touchdowns
Collegiate Career Stats: 275 receptions, 3,463 receiving yards, 24 receiving touchdowns
What sticks out about Johnson’s film is that he catches everything. Paired with his natural hands, Johnson is open even when he is covered. Johnson’s route running prowess and body control adds to his potential versatility in for an NFL offense. The Fresno State product has a high motor. Relentless with the ball in his hands, Johnson’s balance and toughness makes him a nightmare for defensive backs to tackle.