Offensive standouts for Chargers from East-West Shrine Bowl: Day 3

The East-West Shrine Bowl continued Monday in Frisco, TX with the third practice session leading up to Thursday’s game.

Here are five players who made a positive impression on the assorted scouts and media, including six Chargers personnel staffers, in attendance.

TE Dallin Holker, Colorado State

WR Tahj Washington, USC

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After two seasons at Memphis playing with the similarly sized Calvin Austin III, Washington transferred to USC prior to the 2021 season and had at least 50 catches three years in a row at the Coliseum. What really pops is his average yards per catch, which increased from 11.1 in 2021 to 15.7 in 2022 and 18 in 2023.

Washington has been one of the best players in Frisco all week. Today he continued to showcase both advanced footwork on short routes and a fluidity in deeper concepts, including a corner route on Monday where he beat defensive standout Dadrion Taylor-Demerson with a catch reminiscent of a player six inches taller than him.

C Dylan McMahon, North Carolina State

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Weighing in at just under 6’3” and 295 lbs, McMahon cuts a noticeably smaller figure than his fellow offensive linemen in Frisco. That hasn’t stopped him from walling off rushers in Frisco, however. McMahon has been at his best when blocking against power rushes, setting a stout anchor that takes advantage of his lower center of gravity and allows him to take control of the action.

In run period, McMahon also showcased power of his own moving forward off the line, consistently driving much larger defenders off the ball and sealing run lanes. While his size will take him off many teams’ boards, his nimble feet and powerful body will also endear him to plenty. Expect him to come off the board during Day 3 of April’s draft.

RB Jabari Small, Tennessee

WR Bub Means, Pitt

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Originally a Tennessee commit who practiced at defensive back for the Volunteers in 2019, Means transferred to Louisiana Tech to play wide receiver from 2020-21 before making the leap to Pitt, where he led the team in receiving yards and touchdowns in 2023.

Means has consistently gotten open all week in Frisco, but there have been few highlights making the rounds because he seems to always be on the wrong end of errant throws from Frisco’s quarterbacking crop. He finally fielded a catchable ball during red zone period, adjusting well to a throw slightly behind him. With an accurate quarterback at the controls, however, there may be room for Means to develop into a contributor for an NFL offense. He’s consistently been able to stack cornerbacks vertically but has also shown aptitude with crossing routes and slants during the week.

Story originally appeared on Chargers Wire