Checking in on Big East players at East-West Shrine practice

January, 21, 2010
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ESPN.com's Scouts Inc is breaking down all the East-West Shrine game practices this week. The all-star showcase for seniors will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

West Virginia receiver Alric Arnett was one of the early standouts this week in practice. Check out this evaluation from Day 1:

"Practice is about half-way through and West Virginia WR Alric Arnett is looking like the best receiver on the East team. We love the way he's catching the football, both in terms of focus and hands. He's snatching the ball out of the air and doing a good job of looking it in before heading up the field. He's the most impressive receiver on this team so far.

... Alric Arnett continues to impress today. He got behind South Carolina DB Darian Stewart, but QB John Skelton overthrew him. But the good thing about this is it showed Arnett has the ability to stretch the field."

Analyst Todd McShay named UConn's Lindsey Witten as one of the top five players to participate this week:

"Witten's senior season couldn't have gone much better, as he had his best year at UConn and finished tied for ninth in the nation with 11 sacks. At 6-foot-4, 248 pounds, Witten is an undersized end and might be asked to move to linebacker in the NFL. He needs to prove this week that he's strong enough to hold his ground against the run and fluid enough to drop into underneath coverage. A strong showing in Orlando could land Witten a spot in the third round of April's draft."

And McShay said Rutgers tackle Kevin Haslam, a late invitee, was among those with the most to prove.

"Haslam is not nearly as physically gifted as teammate Anthony Davis, a LOT who could be a top-five pick in April, but he moves his feet well enough to develop into an effective right tackle. In addition, Haslam has experience lining up at guard and enough room on his frame to bulk up, which would give teams the option to kick him inside if he does not pan out as a tackle."

West Virginia quarterback Jarrett Brown was scheduled to participate in the East-West game but got a late invitation to the more prestigious Senior Bowl.

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