Every year, I get the list of East-West Shrine prospects and go through each one for a 15-30 minute tape and initial data scouting session. I then slap an initial (school) grade reaction on each prospect and write a few lines about my first reaction to my preview study on them – to publish during East-West Shrine week to get ready for the E-W practice week and game.
I’ll get a better feel for these players after we get their Combine and/or Pro Day numbers and run our scouting analytics and do deeper research on some of them, but for now he’s a first reaction preview of the players going into their East-West week (ranked by lowest-to-highest initial reaction grades)…
TE Parker Houston, San Diego St. (6’2”/250) *Early Preview Grade: F+
Willing blocker, but almost ghost in the passing game. Not a great NFL prospect size. Good effort but not going to be an impact receiver in the NFL.
TE Dominick Wood-Anderson, Tennessee (6’4”/257) *Early Preview Grade: D-
Has some size and movement skills like a possible NFL prospect…more H-back maybe? He lined up all over for Tennessee in 2019 and ran some medium+ routes, but the QB never seemed to look for him at all. Hard to scout his receiving ability when he barely got a chance, so I have to assume that the QB/team knows something to want to not look for him in the passing game. An NFL body, but nothing else I saw.
TE Ben Ellefson, No Dakota St. (6’4”/250) *Early Preview Grade: D
Beefy TE prospect, moves pretty well straight line, not much east-west. Is kind of a smaller Nick Boyle type…big, country strong looking but just not anything electric about his game, but he has NFL size and could hang around as a backup TE/emergency TE type for the NFL.
TE Eli Wolf, Georgia (6’4”/245) *Early Preview Grade: D
Plays more like (and looks like) a big WR more than an NFL TE prospect. Not a lot of bulk/muscle on his arms/frame. Legs look a bit skinny for a real NFL TE. Has some moves and abilities in the passing game, but never mattered much in three years at Tennessee or in 2019 transferring to Georgia. He looks like a low level, potential NFL raw prospect at a glance but nothing on tape or output made me think he’d see the light of day in the NFL.
TE Giovanni Ricci, W. Michigan (6’3”/240) *Early Preview Grade: C
Works more like a huge WR that can block. Lined up like a flanker a lot and ran real routes like a WR, including a lot of slants to the interior and the QB was looking for him like a trusted/desired option. Solid skills and movement ability as a receiver, and a wiling blocker. He has something to offer the NFL for sure. 51-642-8 in his 13 game 2019 season. Not bad at all for a college TE.
TE Mitchell Wilcox, So. Florida (6’5”/245) *Early Preview Grade: C+
Showed some nice receiving skills and solid movement ability for a 6’4+ TE. Plays with a lot of energy and confidence…a confident receiver. Ran a lot of routes and worked TE and WR routes. Good hands. Will fly below the radar some because he worked with horrific QB play at South Florida. Potentially the best TE prospect here.