East West Shrine Game: 10 Players Who Hurt Their Value In the NFL Draft

Nathaniel UyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2011

East West Shrine Game: 10 Players Who Hurt Their Value In the NFL Draft

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    The 2011 East-West Shrine Game was a big, disappointing performance by the West team as it was locked down by the East 25-8.

    "We probably had one of the worst starts that I've ever seen in a ball game," West coach Wade Phillips told reporters after the loss.

    With such a lopsided football game, there were clearly players on both teams that failed to impress and improve their draft stocks.

    Here are 10 players who hurt their value in the NFL Draft

10. Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech

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    At first glance Taylor's numbers looked good. He completed four of five passes for 59 yards and seemed to make the most of his limited minutes.

    But that's exactly what could have hurt his draft stock.

    It was Dan Reeves' reluctance to give him more playing time and the East's conscious decision to run the football that may have hurt his value.

    Taylor needed to show scouts that he's a very capable passer but throwing the ball five times may not have been enough.

9. Terrence Toliver, WR, LSU

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    At 6'5" and 210 lbs, Toliver boasts great size for a possible NFL receiver.

    In fact, he was already getting high praise for a strong showing in practice.

    However, come game time, Toliver looked nothing like a go-to receiver that people had expected him to become.

    Toliver had zero catches in the 2011 Shrine Game.

8. Graig Cooper, RB, Miami-Florida

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    Cooper needed to show that he has successfully recovered from a serious injury that limited his numbers his senior season.

    However, his Shrine Game performance didn't exactly impress with only 3.3 yards per carry on eight carries. 

    Cooper was outperformed by running backs Delone Carter, 4.9 yards per carry, and Evan Royster, 4.3 yards per carry, who both found the end zone.

7. Jeff Maehl, WR, Oregon

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    Where did Jeff Maehl go?

    Playing for the nation's top offensive team, Maehl was hands down the most trusted receiver in Chip Kelly's offense.

    Today, he pulled a disappearing act.

    With Maehl's lack of NFL size being the questionable part of his game, a zero-catch performance does not help his stock.

6. Pat Devlin, QB, Delaware

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    Playing out of little Delaware, Devlin's been getting a lot of attention for his NFL size and strong throwing arm.

    But he wasn't able to make the best of his opportunity playing with tougher college competition.

    Devlin was only able to complete two of seven passes and threw for one interception.  He was also limited on the ground, gaining four yards on two carries.

5. Wes Byrum, K, Auburn

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    Byrum won the national title game for the Auburn Tigers with a chip shot field goal as time ran out.

    But in the Shrine Game, he failed to show any kind of range.

    Byrum made a 25-yard kick, but he missed his other two opportunities, a 27-yard field goal and a 45-yard field goal.

    To make matters worse, Byrum also had an extra point blocked.

4. Scott Tolzien, QB, Wisconsin

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    Physicallity has been the knock on Tolzien if he were to advance to the next level. 

    But without enough protection from his offensive line in the Shrine Game, Tolzien folded under the pressure of the East's strong defense.

    His worst sequence in the game was suffering back-to-back sacks on his team's third drive.

    Tolzien was first sacked for a five-yard loss by Martin Parker and then fumbled the ball into the end zone on the next play, for a 13-yard loss and a safety.

3. Joseph Barksdale, OT, LSU

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    If there was a glaring weakness for the West team in the Shrine Game, it had to be the offensive line.

    Barksdale was a highly-touted prospect leading up to this game.  However, he has to take some of the blame for being a part of a unit that had plenty of mental lapses and gave up tons of sacks to their quarterback.

2. Alex Green, RB, Hawaii

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    Fumbling on your first ever carry in the East-West Shrine Game makes a bad impression.

    That's exactly what Green did.  He lost the ball

1. Jerrod Johnson, QB, Texas A&M

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    Jerrod Johnson definitely did not help his cause after his poor East-West Shrine Game performance.

    Johnson was benched for his final five games this season and needed to show that he can still make good plays in the pocket.  Unfortunately, he was a big disappointment.

    Although he completed six of 12 passes, Johnson threw an interception, lost a fumble in the end zone and failed to connect with some eligible receivers early in the game, namely top Oregon receiver Jeff Maehl and Nevada running back Vai Taua.