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East-West Shrine game preview: Winterswyk, Johnson, Thompson, Venable in action on Saturday

If you need a college football fix, then you're in luck: One-third of Boise State's defense will be in action on Saturday at the East-West Shrine Game. Jeron Johnson, Brandyn Thompson, Ryan Winterswyk, and Winston Venable have been on display all week at Shrine practice, boosting (or not boosting) their draft stock, hazing Nathan Enderle, etc. Practice reports and game information are after the jump. Go Broncos! Go West!

Watch on TV: Saturday, 2:00 p.m. MT, NFL Network

(Ed's note: This post originally appeared as a FanPost. Thank you to TooMuchYoung for compiling this information and making my job easier. I added additional information where needed. - Kevan)

Jeron Johnson

From CBS Sports' Rob Rang:

Monday: Boise State safety Jeron Johnson eclipsed five-foot-ten, which was no given in scouts' eyes.

From NFL Draft Scout analyst Chad Reuter:

Tuesday: Boise State strong safety Jeron Johnson had some issues in coverage, lacking recovery speed to track down receivers when they got a step on him.

From Sporting News NFL scouting department:

Wednesday: Boise State S Jeron Johnson disappointed throughout drills and did not play with competitiveness or urgency. He was sluggish in transition, repeatedly allowing separation to tight ends and running backs. He also lacks the explosiveness and burst to make plays in front of him.

From Draft Insider:

Tuesday: Looked stiff and struggled in drills as well as scrimmage.  We were told he is having issues with his hamstring.

Wednesday: Another disappointing day.  Was often beat in coverage during scrimmage and in drills.  Did not perform as we expected.

Brandyn Thompson

From Sporting News NFL scouting department:

Wednesday: Although his transition skills are only average, Boise State CB Brandyn Thompson does have a fluid backpedal and flashes the closing speed to make plays on the ball. He showed disciplined technique and is competitive when attacking the ball.

From Draft Insider:

Tuesday: Really looked good.  Quick pedal, smooth in his hips and made a number of really good pass defenses today.

Wednesday: Terrific and by far the best and most complete defensive back on the West. Terrific mechanics and top ball skills.  Broke-up a number of passes and came away with a pick, never getting beaten.

Ryan Winterswyk

From CBS Sports' Rob Rang:

Monday: Boise State Ryan Winterswyk looked stronger and quicker on a couple of snaps until LSU LT Joseph Barksdale used his length to carry Winterswyk around the pocket and into a crowd of scouts lined up behind the play.

From NFL Draft Scout analyst Chad Reuter:

Tuesday: Defensive linemen Ricky Elmore (Arizona) and Ryan Winterswyk (Boise State) gave Barksdale and Hawaii's Laupepa Letuli all they wanted. Though neither are exceptional athletes, their hustle and strength was evident at the point of attack.

From Draft Insider:

Wednesday: Not much of anything.  Could not get off a block in drills and unsuccessfully attempted to speed rush around lineman.  Lined up at defensive tackle during scrimmage.

SBN Vikings blog Daily Norseman reported that the Vikings have been talking with Winterswyk this week.

Winston Venable

From Draft Insider:

Tuesday: Made a few nice plays against the run today.

Wednesday: Showed skill in coverage- or better said, solid sideline-to-sideline range.  Needs work but has an upside.

East-West Shrine game information

Saturday's 86th annual East-West Shrine game takes place at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, site of the Champs Sports Bowl and Capital One Bowl. Dan Reeves (East) and Wade Phillips (West) are the coaches, so get ready to facepalm. The game can be seen on NFL Network at 2:00 p.m. MT on Saturday.

East players of note: Tyrod Taylor (Virginia Tech), Ricky Dobbs (Navy), Marvin Austin (North Carolina), Kenny Rowe (Oregon)

West players of note: Nathan Enderle (Idaho), Shiloh Keo (Idaho), Dontay Moch (Nevada), Vai Taua (Nevada), Chris Carter (Fresno), Ben Jacobs (Fresno) , Alex Green (Hawaii)

Fresno DE Chris Carter has been one of the bright spots at Shrine practice. Idaho QB Nathan Enderle has not.

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