East-West Shrine Game: Questions Answered
Before the East-West Shrine Game, we asked three questions. We now have our answers:
1. Is Jordan Lynch a legitimate NFL quarterback prospect?
It sure doesn't look like it, and that's disapponting, since Lynch is a talented athlete. He went 2-for-7 passing in the game for 3 yards and 2 interceptions -- pretty much the worst game he possibly could have had. Everyone knows he is a great runner and a tough one at that. Lynch has a good arm and is accurate at times. But Lynch needed to prove that he could read defenses and make good decisions, and he did everything but that. We are basically looking at another Tim Tebow, and if Lynch is serious about playing in the NFL, he's going to have to change positions. I'm not sure if he would be willing to bulk up and be a Peyton Hillis-type halfback, and I don't know if he can step in at tight end and be a sufficient blocker. His running ability is very good and I'm sure an NFL team can utilize him in some way. But it definitely doesn't look like it will be at the quarterback position.
2. Can Jordan Zumwalt be the second UCLA linebacker taken in the draft?
Zumwalt didn't do much in the game but was tough all week in practice. He's been a hard-nosed linebacker all season, one of those rare breeds who gives 100% on every play. He and Eric Kendricks are so close as prospects that I think both of them will end up being drafted in the same round. Anthony Barr will be a top-10 pick, and these other two UCLA linebackers will be selected in the 3rd round. It's anyone's guess which one of them goes first.
3. Which tight end prospect will emerge and improve his draft status?
Neither Alex Bayer, Ted Bolser nor Crockett Gillmore did much to improve their status. Bayer didn't have a catch, while Bolser had two for 8 yards. Gillmore, the best prospect of the three at this point, had one catch for 7 yards. Jordan Najvar from Baylor had the best game of all tight ends (1-31). Gillmore is the most complete tight end of the bunch, and I think Najvar did show his ability to get downfield in the passing game as well as block. It's tough to stand out in one game, but with good weeks of practice, Gillmore and Najvar have cemented themselves as the best tight end prospects of the Shrine Game group.