The practices are complete and all that’s left is kick-off at the Shrine Bowl. There was quite a bit of news and rumors coming out of this week, and you can view my other Shrine Game buzz below. On the third and final day of practice, I heard that overall, scouts were not impressed with the talent at this year’s Shrine Game. Except for a handful of players, the feeling from scouts is most of the participants on the field this week are late-round picks or free-agent signings. I also heard some injury news that may affect the stock of some draft prospects come April.
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Jalen Reagor may slip in the 2020 NFL Draft
Jalen Reagor of TCU is sometimes mentioned as a first-round player but scouts are concerned about his route running skills. While no one questions Reagor’s speed or athleticism, word from Shrine was teams will closely inspect his route running abilities in workouts leading up to the draft. They are concerned he’s an undersized, straight-line pass catcher.
Two highly-rated players unable to participate due to medical issues
Auburn cornerback Javaris Davis was not allowed to participate in any of the practices or interviews at the Shrine due to a concussion he suffered during the team’s bowl game on January 1.
As the story was told to me, Davis suffered the concussion during the Outback Bowl against Minnesota and was removed from the game. Auburn never put Davis into the required concussion protocol and when the information was passed on to doctors at the Shrine Game, he was prevented from participating in any football-related activity.
The news is worse surrounding Patrick Taylor, the talented ball carrier from Memphis.
After a hot start to the season against Mississippi, which earned him a spot as a Riser in my weekly column, Taylor missed the next eight weeks with a foot injury. I have confirmed Taylor must undergo surgery to further correct the foot injury he suffered against Mississippi and the recovery process could take more than 6 months.
This is a tough blow for Taylor, who was graded as a middle-round pick by scouts coming into the season despite just three starts the prior two years.
Amik Robertson set to undergo surgery
Note: In our original story, we noted that Robertson’s injury was being described as a significant one related to his hip. That has since been clarified by Robertson’s representation. The updated information is below.
Injuries may deal a short-term blow to Amik Robertson, the talented underclassman cornerback from Louisiana Tech. While I was originally told that Robertson suffered what is being described a significant hip injury, representatives from Robertson’s camp say that it is actually a partial tendon tear that is not in his hip. Representatives described this a 6-8 week minor rehab and noted that Robertson had played four games this season with the injury.
In the original report, I mentioned that his ability to participate in combine workouts was in jeopardy because of the injury. Representatives from Robertson’s camp confirmed this, but noted that he is expected to be fully healthy – or at least very close – for his Pro Day in the spring.