2013 Shrine Game Results: Winners & Losers Before the NFL Draft
Seniors from all over the country had a chance to bump up their draft stock at the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg.
While the West team would come away victorious by the score of 28-13, this game isn't about which teams won or lost, but rather which players are the winners and losers.
The winners are the players who bumped up their draft spot due to a great performance, while the losers were the players who struggled and at times looked lost.
Here's a look at the winners and losers from Saturday's action from St. Pete.
Winner: DE Devin Taylor, South Carolina
We might as well start off with the biggest winner on defense of this game, South Carolina's Devin Taylor.
Taylor was one of many defensive ends entering the draft this year, a draft that has plenty of depth at his position as it is. He needed a big game on Saturday and delivered by being a disruptive force on defense for the East team and recording multiple tackles and a forced fumble.
The NFL scouts in attendance will no doubt notice Taylor much more now, but his work is far from over. A strong combine and pro day could continue to raise Taylor's stock prior to the draft. After his impressive performance on Saturday, that stock is already well on it's way up.
Loser: RB Ray Graham, Pittsburgh
Despite his production over the course of the 2012 season, Ray Graham still had questions surrounding him thanks in part to his small 5'9" 190 lb frame.
While his size wasn't a detriment during the game, his running was.
Graham started off the game with a fumble, and from there could never seem to get his groove back.
He would finish with six carries for 23 yards, which is respectable but not exactly awe-inspiring. After a fumble though, he needed to do much more on the field in order to raise his stock.
Winner: WR Anthony Amos, Middle Tennessee
Amos helped out his draft stock with a fairly decent game for the West team.
He tied Chad Bumphis as the West's leading receiver with four catches. However while Bumphis had one of the biggest plays of the afternoon, Amos was a bit more slow and steady, as his four receptions went for 59 yards.
Amos managed to show off his reliable hands as well as decent speed and route running. While any bump in his stock won't be very significant, it is better than it was prior to this week.
Loser: QB Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech
As if you didn't need a reminder, the 2013 draft isn't exactly the best draft when it comes to quarterbacks.
This was on full display at the East-West Shrine Game, where the performances of the quarterbacks were quite underwhelming.
Colby Cameron wasn't the worst of the quarterbacks on display, but he didn't do himself any favors either with his three completions for 33 yards and an interception.
This was a player who only threw five interceptions all season long, and had 31 touchdowns to go along with that.
Cameron however, did have a nice run for 12 yards, which was his only run of the afternoon. But it wasn't enough to mask a bad performance in the pocket.
Winner: DB Khalid Wooten, Nevada
Is there any team that might need a versatile defensive back that can play both corner and safety?
If you're one of those teams and have a sixth round pick, Nevada's Khalid Wooten might just be the player for you.
Wooten impressed during the game, recording an interception while covering his receivers well.
Wooten has the size of a safety but during the game showed a lot of the skills that would make him a decent cornerback.
Loser: WR Emory Blake, Auburn
It wasn't just the fact that the East's quarterbacks were among the worst to be assembled that kept Auburn's Emory Blake from breaking out in a game where he needed to.
It was the fact that, at times, on the field he looked lost and often failed to beat the West's crew of defensive backs.
The end result for Blake was one catch for eight yards and an afternoon he would like to forget.
Winner: RB Christine Michael, Texas A&M
Michael's yards per attempt average might not exactly impress anyone (he averaged only 3.2 yards per carry on the afternoon), but he did show that he could be a great power back for teams that are still willing to run the ground-and-pound offense.
Michael led both teams in carries and yardage with 13 carries for 42 yards and a touchdown while also taking good care of the ball.
He also showed prowess in the blocking game to go along with the way he chewed up the field.
Loser: RB Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt
Stacy had an impressive season for the Commodores, running for 1,141 yards and 10 touchdowns on 207 attempts for an average of 5.5 yards per carry.
But none of that was there on Saturday, as Stacy would often find himself bottled up and unable to use his speed to elude the defense.
The result was 13 yards on five carries, with nine of those yards coming on one carry.
Not exactly impressive, but a lot of that can be attributed to the East line, which was quite pedestrian throughout the afternoon (the same could be said for any other running back on the East team).
Winner: WR Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State
Where should we start with Bumphis' afternoon?
Let's start with his four receptions for 92 yards. On those receptions Bumphis showed great ability to beat out the cornerback and put himself in position to make the catch.
Then there's his 57-yard touchdown reception. That was on him. He not only beat out his defender, but managed to turn on the jets once the ball was in his hands.
Bumphis also showed some great skills in the return game, as he returned a kickoff for 21 yards.
Loser: QB Collin Klein, Kansas State
Collin Klein was the player who had the most to either lose or gain in this game.
NFL scouts gained confirmation of their fears of Klein as a quarterback. Klein just lost. Period.
His mechanics throughout the game were similar to everything anyone ever hated about the way Tim Tebow throws the football. His accuracy was even worse. In the end he finished going 5-of-13 for 43 yards and an interception.
Klein did show he could run the ball well, but his rushing abilities weren't going to be judged. It was about how he could pass the ball.
In that aspect he failed, and in a big way.