2024 Shrine Bowl Day 3 Risers and Sliders: Xavier Thomas and Tahj Washington Stand Out

Following the third day of practice, which players stood out as risers and sliders ahead of the 2024 Shrine Bowl?

Ahead of the 2024 East-West Shrine Bowl, several players stood out in the week’s second practice on Monday. After Day 3, who are the risers and sliders, and what impact will it have on their NFL Draft stock? We take a closer look at the day’s action.

2024 Shrine Bowl East Team | Risers

Xavier Thomas, EDGE, Clemson

There was a lot of intrigue and anticipation for Xavier Thomas and his arrival to the Shrine Bowl this week. Scouts were eager to get in front of him and see him work, and Thomas didn’t disappoint.

The Clemson pass rusher has been disruptive all week, but Monday may have been his best day of work in Frisco. Thomas has shown all the physical tools to be a quality pass rusher at the next level, and has been productive in his work this week. His speed stands out and impresses for a man as physical as he is.

Maema Njongmeta, LB, Wisconsin

Maema Njongmeta might be in the upper echelon of guys who came to Frisco this week and made himself some money. The Wisconsin linebacker plays physical, has shown to be able to drop in coverage, and plays with a controlled violence that teams are going to love.

On Monday, he followed up a fumble recovery with an interception on the very next play. Njongmeta finds the ball and just makes a play. There is plenty of room for second-level players like Njongmeta, and he will be a fast riser around draft circles after this week.

Jowon Briggs, DL, Cincinnati

Big, physical, and strong. Three words to describe the Bearcats’ defensive lineman. All these traits have been on display this week and really popped on Monday.

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Jowon Briggs was disruptive and an outright problem for offensive linemen on Monday, using a bull rush and his strength to put stress on the man in front of him.

2024 Shrine Bowl East Team | Slider

Deantre Prince, DB, Ole Miss

Deantre Prince had a good first day and was solid on Sunday as well. However, Monday wasn’t his best day in Texas.

In 1-on-1s, wide receivers were able to find space and make plays while some of the same occurred in 7-on-7s as well. People are high on Prince, and he has a chance to elevate once more on Tuesday before the game on Thursday night.

2024 Shrine Bowl West Team | Risers

Mason McCormick, G, San Diego State

Mason McCormick has turned heads this week. From his position flex where he’s taken reps at guard and center, to the controlled violent demeanor he plays with, McCormick is going to leave the Shrine Bowl having caught the attention of many OL-needy teams.

Whether it was 1-on-1s or his work during the team period, McCormick played with confidence, strength, and an edge.

Tahj Washington, WR, USC

The word that has been thrown around about Tahj Washington is consistency. He’s made the most of his opportunities and has been a standout amongst a good crop of wideouts.

Washington has shown the ability to be clean off the line, impressive in his pursuit of catching the ball, and has done so with a smoothness that is noteworthy. Another good day on Monday has helped confirm what many have thought of the young wideout after Days 1 and 2.

Mo Kamara, EDGE, Colorado State

Productive; Mo Kamara has been active and productive this week, and on Monday that was no different.

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The former CSU Ram has turned heads this week with his bend and relentless pursuit of the QB. He has popped in team periods and has been disruptive for the offense as a whole against tackles that have lined up in front of him.

2024 Shrine Bowl West Team | Slider

Andrew Coker, OT, TCU

Admittedly, 1-on-1s are a drill for pass rushers. They have the advantage and are designed with the defense getting a bit of an edge there. With that being said, Andrew Coker has had a bit of struggles during that period today and yesterday.

Pass rushers have been able to beat him with quick hands and inside moves. Additionally, Coker has struggled to get his foot speed and hands in the right place to strike and anchor.

Coker is a good player and has a chance to bounce back here, but it has been a bit of a struggle as of late there for him.

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