Shrine Game weigh-in: East roster
• One of the most impressive physical specimens was Virginia Tech safety Kam Chancellor, who measured in at a rocked up 6-3, 232 pounds. After looking at him up close, the guy’s NFL future might be at linebacker, not safety, if he doesn’t perform well in space this week.
• Recently added Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark might have his struggles with accuracy and decisiveness in the pass game, but he can sure win a beauty contest. Clark was one of the most impressive-looking athletes at the weigh-in, regardless of position.
• Connecticut running back Andre Dixon looked undersized and frail as he stood on the stage this morning at 6-feet, 200 pounds. Dixon looks a lot smaller than his frame suggests, and he didn’t seem to have the bulk needed to handle the rigors of running between the tackles at the next level.
Mike NealAPPurdue DT Mike Neal (left, No. 92) will play for the East squad.
• The most impressive looking defensive lineman on the East squad was Purdue DT Mike Neal. Neal measured in just shy of 6-3, but at 298 pounds he’s as well put together at they come. He exhibited a big, broad back, good muscle tone and girth through his upper body and really fills out his frame nicely. The guy looks very powerful and explosive up close, and I’m excited to see how it translates to the field.
• You can really tell Fordham quarterback John Skelton comes from a small school. He’s a 6-5, 244-pound signal caller but doesn’t seem to have fully committed himself to the weight room to this point. He has a lot of room to grow once he gets to the NFL, which should only increase his upside and value.
• There aren’t too many guys out there who can make 277 pounds look as lean as Army tight end/wide receiver/offensive lineman Ali Villanueva. But at 6-9, he does just that. Villanueva has a prototypical basketball frame. He’s tall, long-armed and has the height to put on about 20 pounds of bulk. We know he’s still a long way away, but there’s a lot of upside to his game that has me intrigued.
• Wisconsin defensive end O’Brien Schofield was another big winner at the weigh-in, showing off a chiseled 6-2, 242 pound body. Up close, the guy looks more like a rush linebacker to me, but I think he’s definitely physical enough to earn his keep as a nickel rusher early in his career.