The 2024 Shrine Bowl practice week has come and gone. With only the game left to evaluate, we have four days worth of work to dissect. Let’s take a closer look at the week that was in Frisco, Texas, to see who may have helped or hurt their NFL Draft stock this week.
2024 Shrine Bowl Players of the Week
Offensive Player of the Week: Malik Washington, WR, Virginia
If you went around and asked anyone about who made the most noise this week amongst scouts and on-lookers, the first name out of most people’s mouths would be Malik Washington.
Washington was sensational all week long and never really took his foot off the gas.
Washington displayed good body control, fluidity off the line, and smooth route running while showing a nice catch radius and willingness to go and grab the ball in the air. Washington doesn’t have the biggest frame, and while his measurements will be a knock for some, his play is hard to ignore, and he will make some NFL teams very happy in April.
Defensive Player of the Week: Khristian Boyd, DL, Northern Iowa
Big, physical, and powerful. Khristian Boyd flexed his muscles all week long, was a nuisance in 1-on-1 drills against offensive linemen, and was disruptive in teamwork. Boyd did everything right for himself this week.
An interior presence who can collapse the pocket, play the run game, and add size and strength is something every team can use on their roster. From his punch to his base, Boyd was able to show off the play strength and athleticism that should have him rising draft boards.
2024 Shrine Bowl Risers
Christian Mahogany, OG, Boston College
There were a lot of people who came into this week thinking he may be the best pure prospect at the event this week, and his body of work certainly did not sway anyone the other way. Christian Mahogany was strong and athletic and showed his ability to learn and adapt throughout the week. He should go earlier than some expect him to in this year’s draft.
This is a prospect that showed a lot of promise before his injury. Now he’s working his way into the NFL circuit, and he may be a steal for some team looking for interior OL help.
Dadrion Taylor-Demerson, S, Texas Tech
Dadrion Taylor-Demerson was a quarterback out on the defense for most of the week. Smart, leader, and playmaker are all things that come to mind when discussing Texas Tech safety. He had the attention of many early in the week, but as they got in front of him and watched him work and interact with the coaches and players, his stock continued to rise.
You can teach technique. You are born with traits. But in the case of Taylor-Demerson, he showed the intangibles of a leader that a team is going to love to bring into their locker room.
Qwan’tez Stiggers, CB, Toronto Argonauts
The most fun story to come out of the week was Qwan’tez Stiggers and how he got here. His skill set was on display as he was able to show his athleticism in coverage in 1-on-1s and showed his comfortability in playing zone, which he did a lot of in the CFL.
If he tests well, Stiggers will certainly get drafted and may do so higher than some have first projected him to.
Cornelius Johnson, WR, Michigan
If it wasn’t for Washington, Cornelius Johnson may have been the best WR from Day 1 to 4. He was smooth in his routes, attacked the football, and was able to get over the top of cornerbacks with consistency all week. Johnson played with an excellent group of WRs at Michigan, and his play this week reminded everyone that he is not the one to be forgotten about.
Overall, the wide receivers this week were one of my favorite groups to see work, and Johnson, on several occasions, was the one to bring the highlights for the group.
Trajan Jeffcoat, DL, Arkansas
Trajan Jeffcoat may have had the highlight of the week when he bull-rushed a tackle into the ground for an eye-opening sack in 1-on-1s, but he impressed on a lot more than just one rep. Jeffcoat was able to show off a nice array of pass-rushing moves and the ability to take what was being taught to him by the staff and apply to action right there on the field.
Skill, coachability, and effort are all things Jeffcoat has, and because of that, he certainly did wonders for his stock this week.
2024 Shrine Bowl Sliders
Tayvion Robinson, WR, Kentucky
Spent the week waiting for Tayvion Robinson to wow me or even pop, but it just never came. He had moments where he flashed and put out good tape, but amongst a group of defensive backs that were showing consistent work throughout the week, I found myself wanting more from Robinson.
He has a chance to be successful at the next level, and nothing he did this week should take away from that.
Taulia Tagovailoa, QB, Maryland
Inconsistency was the word that came to mind when I saw Taulia Tagovailoa’s work this week. Much like the theme of his career, you saw flashes of intrigue, but at the same time, it left you wanting more.
Playing with confidence, trusting his eyes, and using his ability to make timing throws and time window shots will eventually be what needs to develop next for him as he continues to progress to the next level.
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