The East-West Shrine Bowl is Saturday, January 18th; a lot of good draft prospects are playing in the game. Here is a look at three of them to look at during the game.
Juwan Johnson Wide Receiver
Juwan Johnson is a big physical receiver who knows how to use his body to shield defenders to make catches. He has a large catch radius. Johnson is not very fast but will still be a deep ball threat in the NFL because of his size.
Johnson caught 30 passes for 476 yards and four touchdowns. Johnson will need to improve his route running and trust his traits on the next level. It will be good to see some growth in the East-West Shrine Bowl.
Lavert Hill Cornerback
Lavert Hill has good footwork and quickness at the line of scrimmage; he thrived in Michigan press-man coverage, Hill has active hands but is not grabby in coverage. The one knock on Hill is his size; he is 5’11 183 pounds, but he has elite ball skills. With Hill’s quickness and footwork, he could be transformed into a slot corner on the NFL level. But he is a true man to man cornerback. I would like to see if he works some in the Slot in the East-West Shrine Bowl.
Shaquille Quarterman Linebacker
Shaquille Quarterman is a physical linebacker; he plays well against the run. Quarterman hustles to make plays and has the speed to close down angles on sideline runs. Last year at Miami, he had 107 tackles and 15.5 for a loss. Quarterman also had 1.5 sacks. While Quarterman is good against the run, he struggles in pass coverage; he looks stiff at times, and sometimes he stays attach to blocks at the point of attack.
Quarterman will be a capable two down linebacker on the NFL level; maybe he can work on his coverage skills and get a little stronger to disengage from blockers more easily.