The Shrine Game practices kicked off today prior to the game this weekend and the Broncos have already started interviewing prospects ahead of Aprils NFL Draft. You won’t see any top prospects at the Shrine game, but you’ll see some mid to late round gems who will contribute on Sunday’s.
According to WalterFootball.com, the Broncos met with multiple prospects during today’s practices from both the East and West squads. Those prospects being cornerback Deatrick Nichols, cornerback Avonte Maddox, guard Connor Hilland, cornerback Malik Reaves, punter Matthew McCrane, offensive tackle Mark Korte, and offensive tackle Brett Toth.
According to longtime draft expert Tony Pauline, a few of the prospects interviewed by the Broncos on Monday performed well in the practices. Those players being cornerback’s Deatrick Nichols and Avonte Maddox.
Pauline was incredibly impressed with South Florida’s Deatrick Nichols quickness and ability to play the slot.
Deatrick Nichols/CB/South Florida: I was incredibly impressed with Nichols’ quickness and ability to burst to the ball out of his plant. He’s explosive and has enough speed to play at the next level. Nichols made several nice plays when lined up over the slot receiver.
Pauline also said that Maddox is another potential slot corner in the NFL.
Avonte Maddox/CB/Pittsburgh: Maddox was another who looked good though he did it from start to finish. He was terrific in drills then carried the momentum over in one-on-one’s and full scrimmage. Maddox is short but could be a nickel back who plays over the slot receiver at the next level.
So far the Broncos have met/interviewed with three cornerbacks, two offensive tackles, one guard, and one punter.
That could mean something or it could be nothing!
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