2012 NFL Combine: What We Learned – OL

2012 NFL Scouting Combine

Doug talks about how the offensive linemen fared during the 2012 NFL Combine.

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

With the fourth day of the combine wrapped up, the event is officially over for the offensive linemen, but they couldn’t go home without their biggest test down in Indianapolis, drills and workouts.

Here are some players of note from today’s events:

-Ben Jones disappointed in the 40 with an official time of 5.44. Especially disappointing was his 10 yard split of 1.83. I noticed Jones didn’t have the same form of the rest of his peers in the 40, I’m not sure if that’s lack of training or lack of explosion. I thought Jones’ footwork and technique during drills was impressive. He had the 7th best vertical and the 7th best broad jump.

-Donald Stephenson had the best 40 time at 4.94. He was a fringe prospect, and his athletic showing will definitely open some eyes. He has good size and could potentially play guard or tackle.

-Tom Compton was a guy that also turned some heads. He showed off very impressive athleticism with a 5.11 40 time. He flashed the same athleticism in drills.

-Cordy Glenn was a monster out there churning out a 5.15 40 at 347 pounds. His ten yard split was an equally impressive 1.76. He was still bending at his waist in drills, but it’s something that works for him.

-I was unimpressed with Andrew Datko. I wanted him to go into the combine with improved technique and footwork and it just didn’t come. He also appeared skinnier than the rest of the prospects. Between that and his injury history, teams may look the other way.

-Matt Kalil and David DeCastro were everything we expected them to be and more. They showed off great technique in their drills, while Kalil killed his 40 with a sub 5 and DeCastro had the best 3 cone and 20 yard shuttle time.

-I thought Mike Brewster really disappointed in the drills. His footwork was all over the place and he was getting off balance. Good thing there’s a ton of tape on the four year starter.

-Rishaw Johnson seemed to have a lot of trouble just learning drills. Between his off the field issues and some rumors of being uncoachable, the athletic prospect could find his name taken off draft boards.

-Ryan Miller is massive at 6072, and he was very impressive in his drills. He seemed to have no problem bending his knees, he had his footwork down and appeared to be smooth changing direction. He’s an odd size for a guard, so it will be interesting to see how an NFL team tries to use him.

-Josh Oglesby and John Cullen looked the most out of place. Not very impressive athletically and stayed way too high in drills.

-For a supposedly athletic tackle prospect, Zebrie Sanders was extremely unimpressive in all of his workouts. He finished below average in all of them.

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10 Responses to “2012 NFL Combine: What We Learned – OL”

  1. Ben Thies says:

    If you analyze the top 10-12 in position rankings,polls, awards, etc…
    You will find that Nate Potter, Boise State was the only one to finish in the top five in ALL OF THE SIX SKILL TESTS… How is that for athletic consistency?”

  2. rdf63 says:

    Brewster was absolutely terrible with the footwork, agility and speed. The most impressive parts were Molk’s 41 reps and Stephenson’s speed. It also showed that there may not be any centers available in the draft for the Pats to consider and they may have to wait year for a player like USC’s center Khaled Holmes or a free agent.

  3. Dan says:

    I’m with Mayock…the center Blake looks like a nice athlete. He helped himself in a big way.

  4. Phil says:

    I’m especially astounded at David Molk’s 41 reps on the bench press. Impressive. Big disappointment with Ben Jones, and Mike Brewster. But Cordy Glenn really proved himself today.

    • TD says:

      proved what? Did they run actual football plays, block opponents, get to the second level, pull with speed?

    • Ryan says:

      I think bench press is the biggest waste of time. Its not even a good exercise for half of these athletes, to show power or explosion. I would rather see them one step jammer press, squat and clean for other positions. If your not going to draft a guy, or draft a guy solely because he has benched a lot that is pretty sad. Its something that all of these athletes could improve on if they really needed too.

      • Doug Kyed says:

        I agree for the most part, but it does show work ethic. If you’re in the training room trying to get stronger for football, one of the best upper body workouts you can do is the bench. A guy like David Molk was obviously always in there working to get stronger, whereas a guy like Mike Adams might not have been.

      • TD says:

        But there is more to benching max weight than just merely “work ethic”. There is muscle type, arm length, connective tissue, joint strength and more.

        Adding all these so-called agility drills, lifting, etc are not an indicator of how a college player will adapt to the NFL, it’s still somewhat of a crap shoot.

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