2012 NFL Combine: Saturday Start – OL & TE

February 25, 2012 at 8:32 am Leave a comment

The prospects have arrived, they’ve gotten weighed, asked the same questions over and over … now it’s time to show what you’ve got.  Saturday February 25th starts the on-field drills, beginning with the Offensive Linemen, Tight Ends, and STs.

Tight Ends

A position of greater importance with the evolution of the NFL passing game.  These versatile players will go going a lot higher than Aaron Hernandez did just two years ago, 4th round … which was a crime at the time.

  • Dwayne Allen of Clemson (6’3, 255) said this week that he is the most complete TE in the NFL Draft.  He’ll have a chance to show it with Stanford’s Coby Fleener not participating.   He’s extremely flexible and athletic, having been a two-year starter and winner of the Mackey award.
  • Orson Charles reminds me more of a WR/TE hybrid (6’2 251).  I expect Charles to showcase his athleticism big time, which I’ve seen has skyrocketed his stock into mid-1st rd projections (surprisingly, since he is not polished).  Looks like a Vernon Davis type mis-match.
  • Michael Egnew (6’5, 251) started the season #1 on some analysts lists, but after a less than stellar season and past disappointments from Mizzou TEs the love has waned.
  • Ladarius Green from LA-Laffeytte is a former WR standing 6-6 who is quick with strong hands.  Want to see more.
  • Evan Rodriguez from Temple is a tweener FB/TE (6’1, 239) who excelled in short yardage after transferring from WVU.  Interesting prospect.

Offensive Line

Strength lies at the top of the class, as it usually goes with “legacy” Matt Kalil leading the way in his own words and those of others.  I still have a lot of homework to do as far as the OL and will be paying close attention to them.

  • David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin are a pair of studs from Stanford who made Andrew Luck‘s job much easier giving him time and providing running lanes for the run-based offense.
  • Riley Reiff and Kelechi Osemele both come from the Iowa schools and are loads to deal with, as is Zebrie Sanders from FL St.
  • Peter Konz is your obligatory Badger in the top part of the draft.
  • Cordy Glenn, the massive tackle from Georgia earned himself some money during the Senior Bowl and he could go for the kill now, likely to start his career mauling on the right side or even inside.


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