February 23, 2013 in 2013 Combine
NFL COMBINE Offensive Line Preview:
-Oday Aboushi needed to come in and help himself with this combine, but he fared poorly in the bench press yesterday. He'll need a strong day today to boost his stock back up, and hopefully he shows the feet to be a tackle at the next level.
-Terron Armstead coming off a big East-West Shrine Game and invite to the Senior Bowl, Armstead is moving up draft boards A great combine could really help him out as he's a small school guy with promise.
-David Bakhtiari not a lot of people know much from Bakhtiari given that he played at a struggling program in Colorado, this Combine could be a signature moment for the underclassman to shine.
-Jonathan Cooper is one of the top players (at any position) in this draft class and led the way among offensive linemen in the bench press. Expect him to test out well today across the board.
-D.J. Fluker dropped weight from his Senior Bowl weigh-in which is a great benefit to him as teams will feel more comfortable drafting him high. His bench reps were lower than expected, but given his massively long arms it shouldn't be too much of a concern.
-Number two tackle Eric Fisher should fare well at the Combine especially with his footwork, with a strong day today he could seal up a top 10 draft pick.
-Luke Joeckel should also shine today at the combine, especially athletically. I'll be interested to watch his footwork which should be the barometer for every offensive lineman to be judged on.
-Lane Johnson is another very quick left tackle prospect and given that he doesn't have as much game tape this will be another big test for him. He aced the first one Senior Bowl week and should have another fine showing today.
-Brian Winters unfortunately suffered an injury doing the bench press which could cause his early- 4th round projection to tumble. Coming from a smaller school he needed to workout to really raise his stock, now it's very much up in the air.
-Chance Warmack is the top guard and is another guy to watch in terms of putting on a clinic. I wouldn't expect great speed from him, but expect him to do well in everything else.
-David Quessenberry, Jordan Mills and Reid Frankel are three mid-late round tackles to watch, expect good solid all-around combines from all of them.
-Garrett Gilkey and Earl Watford are two really interesting late round guards, expect them to open up some teams eyes given that they are smaller school guys who didn't get as much attention.