The East-West Shrine game took place on Saturday and ended up being a much more exciting affair than last year, particularly on the scoreboard. The West jumped out to a 21-point lead, and was able to hold off the East long enough to win 21-17. Several players boosted their stock, including a couple pass rushers and some former Georgia Bulldogs.
WR Terry Godwin (Georgia)
Godwin proved that he was a cut above every other receiver in the game from an athletic standpoint, but also technically. Running from the slot, Godwin showed off his speed for huge gains on crossing and corner routes, then finished the plays by showing off elite catching technique. The former five-star recruit had four catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns, earning the game’s offensive MVP award and some buzz before the Combine.
ER Justin Hollins (Oregon)
Godwin’s counterpart MVP on the defensive side of the ball was Hollins, who was dominant off the edge for the West team. A lack of size led him to take snaps as an off-the-ball linebacker during the week, but Hollins’s ability to rush the passer was evident during the game. His speed rush was lethal, easily beating tackles on the outside and inside to the tune of two sacks and three tackles-for-loss. It remains to be seen where the former Duck will play in the NFL, but whichever team drafts him would be crazy not to utilize him as a third-down rusher.
DE Jordan Brailford (Oregon State)
Another edge rusher that was able to make an impact, Brailford broke out a pretty spin move that led to a sack of Brett Rypien in the first quarter of the game. The junior graduate from OSU pressured the West quarterbacks several more times, but his most important play came when Rypien bobbled the snap, and Brailford quickly jumped on it for a recovery. He has the look of a developmental prospect as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.
QB Brett Rypien (Boise State)
Rypien had the aforementioned muffed snap and fumble, but that was essentially his only mistake of the game. Opening the game with a flawless drive, the former Boise Bronco picked apart the defense with accurate short throws and ended with a picture-perfect pass on a running back wheel-route. Completing 10-of-14 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown, Rypien processing ability and accuracy was head and shoulders better than all of his counterparts.
C Lamont Gaillard (Georgia)
Gaillard came in as one of the more talked about prospects along the offensive line, and earned even more talk with his play. The senior had the tough task of going against standout defensive tackle Daniel Wise all game, but the center acquitted himself well, especially when pulling on run plays. Still a third-day prospect at this point, we’ll see if he can parlay some of this momentum into being discussed as a second-day pick.
CB Mazzi Wilkins, (USF)
One of the highlights of the game was Wilkins’ interception of Taylor Cornelius in the middle of the third quarter. Wilkins was able to break on a comeback route by former Syracuse receiver Jamal Custis, step in front of the receiver a nab the pass. Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network mentioned that Wilkins has the quick twitch ability to succeed in the NFL, and that was evident during the game despite his limited snaps.