Last night was a good night to be a Nebraska football fan. Wide receiver Samori Toure really played well in the Shrine Bowl, and he certainly improved his draft stock.
He caught six passes for 32 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 6.4 yards per catch, and a 17-yard grab was his longest of the evening.
His first touchdown was one where E.J. Perry delivered a quick throw, and Toure was able to put the defender in a spin cycle. He then reached for the pylon and was able to score the touchdown. On that particular catch, he showed a little bit of everything. His ability to run after the catch as well as his quickness and agility were on full display.
His second touchdown was courtesy of a nice break as soon as the ball was snapped. Perry again found Toure in the back at the end zone and he was able to haul it in for the touchdown.
These types of games help players improve their draft stock, and the wide receiver certainly improved his. He was able to show off his skill sets, and help the East Team in a big way. In a game where a good showing would have really helped him, he was able to deliver it.
The wide receiver solidified an invite to the NFL Combine with his performance on Thursday. Whichever NFL team gets the chance to draft him, they are going to get a receiver that is perfect for today’s game. Toure is a playmaker. He is not just a one-route receiver . He can beat defenses in many ways.
It was really great to see him perform well on Thursday. I am curious to see how this affects his draft stock. His stock is only going to go up from here, it’s just a matter of how much.