I was able to spend more time watching the East-West Shrine Game last week, so here are just a few quick-hitters on my takeaways on the Michigan guys (and some others).
- OG Ben Bredeson (Michigan): Bredeson started at left guard, just like he did at Michigan. He got called for holding once, but overall, I thought he looked very solid and made some key blocks. He looks like a guy who’s going to be a solid pro who could have a long career but won’t be a dominant player.
- LB Khaleke Hudson (Michigan): I was a bit confused because at one point announcer Daniel Jeremiah – who I think is great at what he does – said Hudson would have to transition to safety in the NFL, which I don’t see at all. Furthermore, the North squad was playing him at inside linebacker, not even the overhang spot he played at Michigan. Anyway, Hudson looked better than I expected at that new spot, but he still has some work to do on his technique. He’s not going to get any taller, so he sort of is what he is at this point.
- S Josh Metellus (Michigan): Metellus doesn’t look like he can cover NFL wide receivers. He got beat for a touchdown in this one, and while he wasn’t torched, I just think Metellus is too stiff and will get exposed in coverage at the next level.
- QB Shea Patterson (Michigan): Patterson led the North in passing yardage (6/10, 131 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT), but he alternately looked really good and really bad. If you give him a clean pocket from the first snap or give him a nice play action game, he’s usually fine. If he starts getting hit, you might as well give up. His first pass was a 75-yard play action touchdown to a wide open running back on a wheel route. He made some nice throws rolling/scrambling to his right. He also got forced up in the pocket once and threw an ugly interception, and he almost threw a pick-six on a late out route.
shea patterson has all day to throw. his career in the XFL should be special. pic.twitter.com/OzqrtkzsYn— josh houtz (@houtz) January 25, 2020
- DE Joshua Uche (Michigan): Uche looked pretty outstanding as an edge rusher. The South’s offensive tackles couldn’t handle him, and they couldn’t handle Utah’s Bradley Anae coming off the opposite edge. Uche kept forcing quarterbacks up in the pocket, and then Anae – who’s not as quick – would use power to blow through his OT and make the sack. Uche had kind of an embarrassing brain fart of a play early when he got to South QB Justin Herbert (see below) and two-hand tagged him like they were doing a non-contact drill…at which point Herbert tucked the ball and ran for a nice gain.
- QB Justin Herbert (Oregon): People are saying Herbert helped himself at the Senior Bowl, but I still don’t see Herbert being able to pick apart defenses by going through his progressions. He’s Cam Newton with less running ability, in my opinion.
- QB Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma): Hurts looked like he often has when he doesn’t have wide-open receivers streaking all over the place. He’s really slow to process things and check down.
Overall, I think this is a weak quarterback class. Tua Tagovailoa looks like the best player, but he’s had injury issues with his ankle and hip.
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