LAS VEGAS — The third day of 2023 East-West Shrine Bowl practices saw several wide receivers and defensive backs impress. Let’s talk about today’s risers to see who is boosting their 2023 NFL Draft stock.
2023 Shrine Bowl East Team | Risers
Jacob Copeland, WR, Maryland
Jacob Copeland was the most effective receiver on the East squad during Monday morning practice, and literally, no one could cover him. Copeland beat opponents off the line, ran crisp routes to create even more separation, and threw double moves on defenders who were twisting and twirling in the attempt to stay with him. He caught the ball well all day in both the short and deep field.
Mitchell Tinsley, WR, Penn State
Mitchell Tinsley was a late addition to the Shrine roster but immediately made his presence felt. He was tough to cover and consistently separated from defenders to make himself a free target.
Tinsley caught the ball with solid fundamentals, extending his hands and snatching the ball away from his frame. He was incredibly effective all morning long on short and intermediate routes.
Arquon Bush, CB, Louisville
Arquon Bush was another late add who quickly assimilated himself and made plays all day long. Bush’s instincts and physicality were impressive, as he fired up the field, defending running plays and screen passes. His coverage in the middle of the field was very impressive, and he displayed next-level ball skills.
Kei’Trel Clark, CB, Louisville
This is the second time in three days Kei’Trel Clark has been listed as a riser. It’s something I hate doing, but I must make an exception for Clark, who was completely dominant today.
He was constantly shutting down receivers and knocking away passes. Clark was the only cornerback able to cover A.T. Perry of Wake Forest. Clark made a nice move on the ball in 1-on-1 drills, knocking it away from the big wideout. The Louisville corner probably helped his draft stock more than any other player from the East squad this week.
2023 Shrine Bowl West Team | Risers
Trey Dean III, S, Florida
Trey Dean III talked a big game during his interview with Pro Football Network this weekend, then backed up those words with his play on Monday. In the span of 10 minutes, Dean made a pair of terrific interceptions during the full scrimmage. In both instances, he lined up as a free safety patrolling centerfield when he made the picks. He’s a physical safety with terrific size and better athleticism, which he put on display today.
Jalen Graham, LB, Purdue
Jalen Graham didn’t make a ton of plays on the ball today rather displayed tremendous athleticism and movement skills. Graham easily moved with tight ends and running backs during coverage drills, flowing to the action with speed.
He displayed a smooth change of direction and lateral speed all three days of Shrine Game practice. Graham was ignored by scouts entering the season but now moves toward the draft as one of the hidden gems at linebacker.
Justin Shorter, WR, Florida
The second Gator to make the risers list today, Justin Shorter made plays all weekend long, then really pulled it together on Monday. He’s a nice-sized wideout who physically beat down cornerbacks for receptions every day.
But what impressed me the most was the speed Shorter displayed and his ability to make plays downfield. On multiple snaps, Shorter beat opponents down the sidelines. But unlike this past weekend, he made the catch for long gainers on Monday.
Dallas Daniels, WR, Jackson State
Dallas Daniels’ route running was very impressive. He beat defenders on crossing patterns with his ability to quickly get in and then out of breaks. Corners were unable to stay with Daniels on simple outs for much the same reason. He did drop a few balls, which must be corrected, yet Daniels leaves Shrine practices with a higher draft grade than when he arrived in Las Vegas.
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