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NFL Combine: Offensive Tackle Results


 

The NFL Combine is the ultimate platform for college athletes to showcase their talents, hustle and attitudes one final time in front of the league before the NFL Draft.  The Miami Dolphins, as we know, face glaring holes on their offensive line, and will undoubtedly use both FA and the draft to fill these holes.  As yesterday was the day for offensive linemen, here is a list of results and my thoughts for the “top” of the pack.

Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn:  Robinson’s combine performance put him into the mix as the best prospect overall in the entire draft.  The 330 pound big man ran a 4.92 40-yard dash, benched 32 reps, recorded a 28.5 inch vertical jump and a 113 inch broad jump.  In other words, he completed the combine like a linebacker would, not an offensive linemen.  This kid is going to be worth using a top 5 pick, and I would not be surprised to see a team (hopefully not the Miami Dolphins) trade up for him.

Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M: Matthews was also a guy who surprised a lot of scouts in a good way with his performance.  Once dubbed a poor athlete by media, Matthews proved that false by running a 5.07 40-yard dash and benching 24 reps.  The big guy was also a top performer in the vertical jump category with a 30.5 inch showing.  He also led his peers on the 3 cone drill and ran a 4.47 on the 20 yard shuttle.  Matthews solidified his already booming stock, and should go as expected in the Top 10.

Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan:  Attention Dolphins fans, if this kid falls to 19th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, he will be a Miami Dolphin!  At 6 foot 7, 309 pounds, I am not sure if anyone saw Lewan running at the top of his class in the 40 yard dash with a time of 4.87 seconds.  Add on top of that 29 reps, and a top 3 performance in the vert jump (30.5 in), the broad jump (117 in) and the 3 cone drill (7.39) and you could say that Lewan blew the combine out of the water.  He will be a dominating tackle in this league.

Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame:  This guy has been linked to the Miami Dolphins at the number 19th overall pick for some time now.  However, after his combine results (and for some time before), I have not been sold on this kid.  Martin did not run the 40 yard dash, benched 29 reps, had a vert jump of 29 inches, a broad jump of 106 inches, a 3 cone drill of 7.65 seconds and a 20 yard shuttle run of 4.59 seconds.  In the events he participated in, Martin was not a top three performer in any of them.  I do not know if he was sick or what, but I think Miami should consider their options carefully before going after Martin.

The combine in reality is just one of the measures of future NFL players.  Is it important?  Yes.  Is it everything?  No.  One thing I look for in a player is how they handle themselves on and off the field, and if they grow from one season to the next.   Two things you won’t find at the NFL Combine.  That being said, the combine is a great way to either increase or decrease your stock in front of coaches.  I hope that GM Dennis Hickey and HC Joe Philbin are keeping their eyes open for proven players who can come in and do what the Dolphins need them to do.

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  • LostSok

    Martin’s numbers don’t bother me…if he’s drafted as a guard. He looks questionable at LT, and marginal at RT. Could be a great G, though.

    • Eric Roddy

      I would rather take a guard who played guard throughout college IMO! But yes he is another version of Dallas Thomas, a guy who could play every position on the line! Thanks for the read

      • Mike Miller

        what? Martin another version of Thomas did you watch any of the Notre Dame games this kid Martin is no joke.He is very smart, great technique a very high quality football player, I’ll take him any day of the week

        • Eric Roddy

          Martin is another version of Thomas in that he could play ANYWHERE along the line. Didn’t say he was not better or good, but he is a little undersized which worries me. DT and DE are getting bigger and bigger, but I guess we’ll see how he pans out.

  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    I just left a comment of appreciation for your article and when I clicked on “Post” a message from Disquis saying my comment needed moderation appeared. I have never used foul language or attacked anyone personally, so I’m surprised and VERY disappointed that this would happen… let’s see if this one posts

    • Eric Roddy

      No problem Jules, its the thought that counts ahah!

      • Miami Jules (Julian)

        I appreciate that Eric, but I was very disappointed and also upset because I had put together a 2 paragraph comment and then the Disquis thing tells me my comment needed to be “moderated” WHAT???

  • Drew

    Good article, but overlooks two mid-round guys who had very good days.
    Billy Turner had a great day and showed his athleticism.
    Wesley Johnson was one of the most impressive guys overall. He won’t be playing tackle in the NFL, but would make a great guard. He also is versatile enough to play RT and C.

    • Eric Roddy

      Thanks Drew! yes both those guys killed it, but I wanted to focus on the top tier of tackles to show exactly your point: often the “best guys” going in do not do as well as the middle and lower guys because they don’t have as much to prove! Good comment and thanks

  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    OK, I’ll try it again… I am more calm today.
    I don’t have the NFL Network, so I am left to get my Combine updates from reports from those there on Twitter, since ESPN’s coverage is less than statistical, and focus on the dramas and the same people over and over (Can they talk more about Manziel?) Anyway, I appreciate the report on OT’s… I wish it would’ve included arm length but beggars can’t be choosy so I wont be.
    I’m not on board with Lewan. He is a stud BUT one who comes at a price and a reputation as a oft penalized “dirty player”. I am looking towards Antonio Richardson and Seantrel Henderson but have concerns about the latter. Martin as a guard, too short and shorter arms as an OT. Not entirely giving up on Kuoandjio and will wait for a medical update in April. Good stuff Eric!

    • Miami Jules (Julian)

      Hooray!!! It posted!

      • Eric Roddy

        WEll worth the wait Jules, haha! I like Richardson but he just had a horrible combine and excels mainly in run blocking. I am from TN and got to see him play live a lot for the VOLS, and man he is a great run blocker and even gets up field at times!!! However, he can’t pass block that well at all. I don’t like Kuoandijo because he’s too raw at a position that you can’t be raw at. As for Henderson, he could be a great prospect.

        • Miami Jules (Julian)

          Oh no!!!! Disquis strikes again! After I just posted a reply to your reply, I see the same annoying message “your comment is awaiting moderation” GRRRR!

          • Miami Jules (Julian)

            Never mind…I w as able to view it and shorten it and reposted a shorter version.

          • Eric Roddy

            haha we need to fix your disqus! I would never draft a STanford linemen again if i were the Miami Dolphins hahah! I like waiting until the later rounds for linemen after getting a big name LT that can play in FA!

          • Miami Jules (Julian)

            Yeah Eric, I know. I’ve had about 2nd thoughts about an LT from Stanford too. The thing about waiting for latter rounds is, I keep coming back to the sobering thought we do not have a starting tackle on either side (Clabo & McKinney need to just go away IMHO). What’s your opinion on Dallas Thomas since he’s from Tenn.? Is he excess weight we’re carrying around? I’m looking at Morgan Moses in the 1st, but he’s from Virginia so I am not convinced, he seems to hold his own, but frankly, based on his performance against Florida I am not totally off the Richardson wagon just yet. Now, compounding the problem, come the reports that the Dolphins may let both Soliai and Starks walk and also grimes… Are they kidding? Grimes????!!! The mere thought of such travesty is blasphemous and ablatant insult to Dolfans’ intellect, as well as being egregiously dysfunctional

          • Eric Roddy

            Letting Grimes go would be silly. He is easily our best defensive player and we are EXTREMELY short on cornerbacks. Letting both Starks and Soliai would not be the end of the world, because Odrick really played great last year at the DT position, and that is a draft position that is very deep this year. Thomas is not a great OL, but he could hold his own at the guard position. He’s great in run blocking and can get down field but isnt superior in pass blocking. We will probably fill both sides of the trenches through the draft.

          • Miami Jules (Julian)

            If they let Grimes walk and re-sign Carroll instead, I propose letting Homeland Security raid the Dolphins practice facility and taking Philbin along with the Hickey directly to Guantanamo. Having expressed that, the problem I have with letting both Soliai and Starks walk, is that regardless of the depth of the draft, we only have 7 picks, with which we may need to replace Patterson who isn’t durable, Straks, and host of OL players (thank you for helping w/ the inside scoop on Dallas Thomas, who I’m relieved can at least help at RG), then take your margin of errors true to every draft pick and we’re short again.

          • Eric Roddy

            True. Soliai has moved out of his home in Miami. Doesnt look like he will come back unless we pay him and it wont be cheap. We actually have some depth with AJ Francis and Odrick but drafting would be key. I would love to see Timmy Jernigan first round and getting Albert for OT. Thats just me. oh an dGrimes WILL be signed, no worries.

          • Miami Jules (Julian)

            Thanks Eric… I guess that saves me the trouble of having to call Homeland Security. I have DaQuan Jones and Deandre Coleman in one of my “almost completed” mocks. I have McCullers in another one along with Coleman BUT I am not liking McCullers as much as I used to lately. Odrick does well in QB rushes at times but he can be re-routed off the play and hasn’t been that good against the run. If Grimes is signed or franchised or whatever, I’ll sleep a bit better tonight BTW: I’m leaning away from Jean-Babtiste a bit despite his combine performance and starting to favor Watkins a bit because of zone vs press.

          • Eric Roddy

            Jean-Baptiste is my guy!! Love his size and potential. cornerback is deep this year in the draft, should be able to find a stud!

          • TylerMcMullen

            Eric, I find that we always have the same “guy”. Lol. SJB is my boy!

          • Eric Roddy

            If only the Fins would listen to us… maybe one day we can be scouts for them haha

          • Miami Jules (Julian)

            Eric, I had Kuoandjio and Jean-Baptiste, who by the way played high school football in Miami at Miami Central, since before the season was over, My first unofficial mock draft actually went up before the Super Bowl (you can see my early mocks on my F/B and on Phin Nation), but I have been impressed with Watkins too. I flip flop between the one and the other as I do with other “close calls” leading up to about one week before draft day. Jean-Baptiste is much better in press than in zone, but the point is, he’s been my pick for some time, and that’s why I was pleasantly surprised when I saw him on your mock… can’t say the same about other mocks I’ve seen and I expressed that back then.

        • Miami Jules (Julian)

          There’s a lot to be said for being from the athlete’s neighborhood. Dane Brugler of the NFLdraftScout, who used to have Kuoandjio going to Miami at 19, has changed over to Richardson in the wake of Kouandjio’s arthritic knees report, otherwise I would not be going crazy BUT I have to put a lot of value in your opinion because you’re from his “hood” which matters. I went on You Tube, again, to take another looksee before replying, I selected Tenn VS Florida this time and consistent with his profile on NFLDraftScout, he was bullrushed into the QB which led to a sack on a couple of occasions.
          Henderson is from UM, now he’s from my “hood”, and I would rather have Richardson any day. What got me about Kuoandjio was his apparent lack of drive/motivation on the bench press, so I have fallen off the Kouandjio wagon… but then who? I ask. JaWuan James in the 3rd and go Yanky at 19 as OG? I’m expected to write an article after the combine for the site I write for… what am I to do? More importantly, what is a Hickey to do?

  • tpl

    The question is, will Miami draft an offensive lineman at #19. Maybe someone they cannot pass up falls to them. Miami could still get starters in rounds 2 and 3. Maybe Miami trades down for more picks.

  • DragonFly34

    To say Philbin is a talent evaluator is like saying, Jonathan Martin was an all-pro.