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WR This game is in its fourth year and has the NFL Players Association as its sponsor.  It gives senior small school prospects that did not invited to other events the chance to show off their talents.  ccThis event features many retired NFL greats as coaches including Priest Holmes, Darrell Green, and Andre Reed.  Many of the participants will not get drafted, but many will make NFL teams and perhaps become starters.  I wrote about some of these athletes that stood out to while watching the game on ESPN.  Here are those players listed alphabetically:

WR DeAndre Carter, Sacramento State

The 5’8″ 194 lbs. receiver is a talented kickoff returner with loose hips, quick feet, and good vision.  He uses a double move to create a little separation downfield, but lets the ball get into his body when trying to catch the ball.  Carter has a lot of heart and blocks well in the running game.  The wide out/return specialist suffered a knee injury and didn’t return to the game.  He is someone to keep an eye on with huge college production that might make an NFL team.

 WR Kaelin Clay, Utah

The smallish receiver certainly made his rounds with college programs: starting off at California (leaving for academic reasons), to Mt. San Antonio College, and then onto Utah.  He dropped his initial target that was low, but seemed to brush off the jitters.  As a returner, Clay shows good vision, follows his blockers, and has good start and stop ability.  The wide out got used as a slot receiver, let the ball get into his body a little too much, and did not always come back to get the ball.  He fights for extra yardage, pulls out a spin move, and can get decent separation running intermediate routes.

WR Chris Conley, Georgia

This wide out bursts off the line of scrimmage and gets vertical in a hurry.  That quickness creates early separation.  Conley adjusts well to the ball in the air, but is not the most accomplished route runner.  He had a ball knocked out of his hands because the receiver was more concerned about the contact than making the catch.  He has the size 6′ 3″ 205 lbs. to make it in the NFL, but needs to be a more polished player.

RB Prince-Tyson Gulley, Syracuse

The former Orangeman showed off some explosiveness when he has a little room to run.  Gulley has decent leg drive for 181 lbs., uses a combination of jump cuts and hurdles to create space for himself.  He took a big shot near the sidelines, but came back into the game. The scat back has soft hands and good vision which may give him a chance to latch onto a team as a returner.

DT Leon Orr, Florida and DE Marcus Rush, Michigan State

Both of these defensive linemen had good games for the National team.  They got good pressure and were quick off the snap.  Orr was the better run defender and Rush was the better pass rusher.  The linemen were high motor players and should make an impact at the next level.

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