Thanks, beef. I don't think I'm in a shrug really, but I do keep my shoulder blades retracted in the deadlift, so I could see how relaxing them could decrease the ROM slightly. I'll have to give it a shot on the lighter pulls I'll be doing this week. Our flight's deadlifts were delayed by about 20-30mins because they messed up the computer system..
I normally pull a little cleaner, but it had been half an hour since I had finished warming up that I did that first pull. I think that screwed everyone in our flight up, because most people failed their second attempts in our flight and it just was... unpleasant. Oddly enough, the guy who took first place decided to warm-up with Flight C, so he was all prepared. Lol.