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Texas vs. the Nation Dish: QBs Crompton, Perrilloux boost NFL draft stock
After the Texas squad’s 36-17 victory Saturday in the Texas vs. The Nation all-star game, Sporting News draft expert Russ Lande and his team of former NFL scouts identified the players who helped their draft status the most this past week in El Paso.
Ryan Perrilloux, QB, Jacksonville State
He showed he can make all the throws. Although he wasn’t consistent with his accuracy, he showed excellent athleticism, good pocket presence and the ability to throw on the run with good velocity. Coaches said he worked hard in the game-planning process and to improve his technique and delivery. Perrilloux’s solid week will help quash concerns about his maturity and likely increase his draft stock.
Jonathan Crompton, QB, Tennessee
Though he was outshined in terms of flashy play and stats in the game, Crompton clearly helped himself. For a quarterback who was not on the Combine invitation list, Crompton proved he has legitimate tools to play in the NFL. A number of scouts told us he showed better than expected athleticism and a live arm. Don’t be surprised to see Crompton climb draft boards now that teams have gotten a better look at him.
Trindon Holliday, RB/WR/PR, LSU
Holliday left no doubt about his explosiveness. He showed great burst and acceleration both as a return man and in the open field as a receiver after the catch. Although his 5-5 frame will limit him as a running back between the tackles, he proved he could be third-down back like the Chargers’ Darren Sproles.
Clay Harbor, TE, Missouri State
Harbor was solid all week. He showed excellent hands, ran good routes and regularly beat jams at the line. He was able to get separation from safeties and linebackers. With his ability to block, Harbor showed he was the best tight end prospect in El Paso. He likely improved his draft stock as much as any player in the game.
Nick Howell, G, Southern Cal
Howell was the week’s most consistent offensive linemen and showed he was versatile enough to play all the line positions. Although his arms are a tad shorter than teams prefer, his technique more than makes up for that. Howell proved he is a draftable prospect who can become a solid backup.
By Russ Lande, SportingNews.com