The 2010 NFL Combine is ruled by the skill positions, but that doesn’t mean teams aren’t interested in what they see in the offensive linemen in this year’s crop.
Several players were being eyed for how they would weight-in, how explosive they would be, and how many bench reps they could muster.
Look to see who finished in the top five in all the drills, along with some analysis on who’s stock got better or worse from this year’s NFL Combine:
1. Bruce Campbell- Maryland (4.85)
2. Trent Williams- Oklahoma (4.88)
3. Marshall Newhouse- TCU (5.00)
4. Jared Veldheer- Hillsdale (5.09)
5. Shelley Smith- Colorado State (5.11)
Bruce Campbell and Trent Williams performed extremely well, running as fast as some of the tight ends, while showing the natural athleticism that scouts thought they had.
Veldheer is a raw prospect from a small school that a lot of scouts like, so cracking the top five helped him a bit in terms of showing people he had good speed and a burst for the position.
Kyle Calloway, one of the better prospects, ran a weak time of 5.51, third from last place.
1. Mitch Petrus- Arkansas (45 reps)
2. Russell Okung- Oklahoma State (38)
3. Eric Olsen- Notre Dame (35)
4. Joe Hawley- UNLV (35)
5. J.D. Walton- Baylor (34)
Bruce Campbell tied Walton for fifth place with 34 reps.
Petrus showed-up every offensive lineman in the bench press, ripping off 45 reps, and show-casing himself as quite possibly the strongest lineman in the draft.
Okung, widely regarded as the top overall tackle, did mighty fine himself, coming in second place with an elite 38 reps.
Some big names that failed in many scouts eye’s by registering 25 or fewer reps: Selvish Capers, Trent Williams, and Anthony Davis.
1. Trent Williams- Oklahoma (34.0)
2. Shelley Smith- Colorado State (34.0)
3. Anthony Davis- Rutgers (33.0)
4. Jared Veldherr- Hillsdale (33.0)
5. Chris Degeare- Wake Forest (32.0)
We’re still not sure just exactly how much a vertical jump impacts an offensive lineman’s draft stock (it doesn’t), but it’s still pretty impressive when they can get off the ground for more than 30 inches.
Even if it doesn’t mean as much as the scouts will say it does, we’re still not impressed with Brandon Carter and Kyle Calloway, who registered a vertical under 25 inches. Gross.
1. Toney Washington- Abiline Christian (9’6)
2. Trent Williams- Oklahoma (9’5)
3. Rodger Saffold- Indiana (9’5)
4. Shelley Smith- Colorado State (9’4)
5. Jared Veldheer- Hillsdale (9’1)
The broad jump was another drill few were particularly interested in, but it does do a decent jump of showing a player’s explosion.
We weren’t surprised to see Trent Williams and Jared Veldheer crack the top five, but found ourselves extremely disappointed (yet again) in Kyle Calloway (7’8).
Trent Williams had the best overall combine, finishing in the top five in three of the four major drills at the Combine, while Bruce Campbell showed elite speed for the position by locking down the top 40-yard dash time.
Jared Veldheer also showed his athleticism with solid finishes in all the drills, while Russell Okung showed-up with a very strong 38 reps on the bench press.
Kyle Calloway was a huge disappointment in the athletic department, and Vladimir DuCasse, another lineman expected to have elite athleticism, did not fare well in any of the drills.
Ciron Black, a tackle from LSU who needs to show the ability to play guard, had a weak 40 time, and failed to get more than 30 reps on the bench press.