Jan 17, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; West head coach Jim Zorn talks with quarterbackDylan Thompson
(11), of South Carolina, during the second half at the East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field. The East beat the West 19-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The 2015 East/West Shrine game is an annual post-season college All-Star game that is rather hit or miss every season and this season, it was a miss. Still, there are prospects that can be evaluated no matter how bland the game appears to be. As far as the Jets are concerned, there were a few prospects that caught my eye despite the lack of highlights during the game itself. I focused my attention primarily on the offensive linemen and CB’s from both sides, occasionally throwing my attention to the skilled position players.
Next: Josh Shaw
Dec 27, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; USC Trojans safety Leon McQuay (22) and USC Trojans cornerbackJosh Shaw
(6) celebrate a defensive stop against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the fourth quarter in the 2014 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Josh Shaw, CB, USC
– Shaw intercepted a pass in the game and looked the part, as when he was in the game he appeared to be comfortable in the defensive backfield. Shaw was suspended ten games this past season at USC so these bowl games will definitely help raise his stock. Shaw will participate in the Senior Bowl next week so I’ll have my eye on him down in Mobile as well. Many will have questions about his off the field “issue” this past season and it may or may not cause his stock to drop, but the Jets are looking for talent to throw in that secondary that was awful last season and Shaw should be on their radar.
Next: John Miller
Jan 17, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; East offensive linemanJohn Miller
(70), of Louisville, during the first quarter at the East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field . Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
John Miller, Guard, Louisville
– Miller looked very good off each snap of the ball that I witnessed. He looks to be very good in the run game and displayed excellent technique in pass protection as well. Jets are certainly going to look to solidify the offensive line this off-season and I believe they should do more homework on Miller.
Next: Anthony Chickillo
Jan 17, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; East defensive linemanAnthony Chickillo
(95), of Miami, reacts after he made a sack during the second quarter at the East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field . Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Anthony Chickillo, DE, Miami
– Chickillo was probably the one defensive player that stood out above the rest. Chickillo was very active on the line, looked very comfortable in getting into the backfield and displayed solid technique in doing so. It was a few times pre-snap I could tell he would be the aggressor off the snap and he didn’t disappoint. The Jets have a few question marks on the defensive line that have to be answered one way or another. Chickillo raised some eyebrows with his performance in the East/West game and hopefully the Jets are interested in more pre-draft visits/workouts from the kid.
Next: Za'Darius Smith
Jan 17, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; East defensive lineman Za
Za’Darius Smith, DE, Kentucky
At 6’5″, 265, Smith has great size for multiple positions and schemes on the pro level. Like Chickillo, Smith raised eye brows with the aggressive pass rushing and disruptive plays. Smith displayed great power off the line in getting off blocks to make tackles in a hurry. Would love to see more from him pre-draft and see how he fares at the combine.