Action typically picks up on day two and three of the Shrine Game practices every year, as players put on full pads and start showing off more than just their athleticism.
This year, the second day was a bit of a downer, as both Jerry Glanville and Leeman Bennett ran more lackadaisical practices in which there was more teaching than getting in solid reps. The teams also seemed to be running more special teams reps than usual, which isn't always the best way to get a good look at most of the talent.
Still, the shining moment of any All-Star game's second day is "the pit"—a drill in which offensive and defensive linemen line up and go mano a mano. Since so many factors can go into line play, it's always a treat to see which guys are able to step up, take on good competition and put the other guys on their backside.
On day three, it's a perfect opportunity to take a look at defenders, as the pads are on and speed starts to pick up. It isn't the same as watching these guys during game conditions to be sure, but it's as good of a look as scouts will get at them apart from pouring through tape.
So which linemen and defenders are most ready for the pros?