Fifty five offensive linemen were slated to workout for scouts in Indianapolis at the combine.  All but seven did, showing a variety of skill.  Here’s the skinny on how the offensive linemen looked.

Offensive Line

Pos Name School 40-1 40-2
OL David Arkin Missouri State 5.35 5.38
OL Joseph Barksdale LSU 5.28 5.21
OL Ryan Bartholomew Syracuse 5.14 5.21
OL Clint Boling Georgia 5.25 5.34
OL Justin Boren Ohio State 5.43 5.25
OL James Brewer Indiana 5.12 5.25
OL Marcus Cannon TCU 5.27 5.25
OL Gabe Carimi Wisconsin 5.21 5.11
OL James Carpenter Alabama 5.27 5.21
OL Anthony Castonzo Boston College 5.18 5.16
OL Garrett Chisolm South Carolina inj Inj
OL Josh Davis Georgia 5.45 5.40
OL Ray Dominguez Arkansas 5.45 5.39
OL Orlando Franklin Miami-Fl 5.15 DNR
OL Brandon Fusco Slippery Rock 5.13 5.08
OL Marcus Gilbert Florida 5.29 5.35
OL Adam Grant Arizona 5.52 5.47
OL Chris Hairston Clemson 5.28 5.34
OL Richard Henry Nebraska 5.65 5.62
OL Kyle Hix Texas 5.35 5.34
OL Rodney Hudson Florida State 5.19 5.15
OL Kevin Hughes Southeastern Louisiana 5.28 5.19
OL Zach Hurd Connecticut 5.31 5.22
OL Maurice Hurt Florida Inj Inj
OL Ben Ijalana Villanova Inj Inj
OL Andrew Jackson Fresno State 5.28 5.22
OL Carl Johnson Florida 5.34 5.25
OL Jason Kelce Cincinnati 4.88 4.84
OL Daniel Kilgore Appalachian State 5.29 5.27
OL Jarriel King South Carolina 5.06 4.95
OL Rich Lapham Boston College Inj Inj
OL Alex Linnenkohl Oregon State 5.34 5.29
OL DeMarcus Love Arkansas 5.25 5.21
OL John Moffitt Wisconsin 5.38 5.43
OL Derek Newton Arkansas State 4.98 4.95
OL Kristofer O’Dowd USC 5.04 5.03
OL Michael Person Montana State 5.12 5.10
OL Jason Pinkston Pittsburgh 5.34 5.38
OL Michael Pouncey Florida 5.15 5.14
OL Will Rackley Lehigh Inj Inj
OL Jah Reid UCF 5.29 5.44
OL Steve Schilling Michigan 5.12 5.25
OL Caleb Schlauderaff Utah Inj Inj
OL Derek Sherrod Mississippi State 5.25 5.25
OL Tyron Smith USC Inj Inj
OL Willie Smith East Carolina 5.35 5.34
OL Nate Solder Colorado 4.94 4.91
OL Zane Taylor Utah 5.50 5.59
OL Isaiah Thompson Houston 5.75 5.85
OL Julian Vandervelde Iowa 5.10 5.13
OL Danny Watkins Baylor 5.25 5.31
OL Keith Williams Nebraska 5.28 5.28
OL Zach Williams Washington State 5.15 5.16
OL Stefen Wisniewski Penn State 5.25 5.25
OL Lee Ziemba Auburn 5.53 5.43

Daniel Arkin/Missouri State – Moved well displaying good explosion and quickness throughout the session. Terrific footwork and slide off the left side, where he was accustomed.

Joseph Barksdale/LSU – Fluid and smooth throughout the session, displayed good pop at the point of attack, and above average footwork is pass protection drills.

Ryan Bartholomew/Syracuse – Looked relatively athletic, stronger than expected, and good footwork off both the left and right side.

Justin Boren/Ohio State – Worked hard but showed a slow change of direction, poor footwork, and for the most part looked unathletic.

Clint Boling/Georgia – Efficient, patient and smart but looked unathletic and slow.

James Brewer/Indiana – Picked up his performance at the end of the session, yet for most of the morning he struggled with his footwork and lumbered around the field.

Marcus Cannon/TCU – Was fluid, balanced, and easily moved about the field. For the most part, looked good yet doesn’t seem to possess a killer instinct.

Gabe Carimi/Wisconsin – Displayed good power, hand punch and footwork in pass protection.  He pressed slightly, yet worked to finish drills.

James Carpenter/Alabama – Displayed some leg drive and effective footwork in pass protection drills.

Anthony Castonzo/Boston College – Explosive and moved well, yet appeared mechanical and off-balance most of the day.

Josh Davis/Georgia – Looked stiff, slow and labored throughout the session.

Ray Dominguez/Arkansas – Moved well and was very quick, plus displayed better than expected footwork in pass protection. He bends his knees and practiced with leverage. All things considered he was one of the top three offensive linemen at the combine.

Orlando Franklin/Miami – Fluid, strong and showed a burst; yet no ability to slide in pass protection.

Brandon Fusco/Slippery Rock – Worked hard and showed decent feet in pass protection plus the ability to smoothly slide out.

Marcus Gilbert/Florida – Adequate movement skills and displayed good pop in his punch, yet looked stiff and slow changing direction.

Adam Grant/Arizona – He gave effort but was slow and showed no ability to change direction or slide his feet.

Chris Hairston/Clemson – Moved his feet well with a good punch, yet looked sloppy moving around and was constantly overextending into blocks.

Richard Henry/Nebraska – Struggled in pass protection and was unable to slide his feet. He, instead, stepped out to knock out defenders.

Kyle Hix/Texas – Displayed good punch and jolt with hands, poor footwork, and could not cut of opponents from the edge. He also showed a lack of burst.

Rodney Hudson/Florida State – Asked to simulate the center position throughout session. He displayed a quick burst, good footwork in pass protection and even some leg drive.

Kevin Hughes/SE Louisiana – Displayed limited quickness, marginal power and no footwork at all.

Zach Hurd/Connecticut – Adequate footwork in pass protection, yet showed average quickness and hand punch for a big man.

Andrew Jackson/Fresno State – Looked explosive, showed a burst and above average footwork.

Carl Johnson/Florida – Moved incredibly well for a 361-pound man, showed good footwork in pass protection and worked his hands well.

Jason Kelce/Cincinnati – Bends his knees well and displayed solid footwork in pass protection drills. Marginally explosive and did not practice as fast as he ran.

Daniel Kilgore/Appalachian State – Practiced with great knee bend, moved well about the field and showed great punch.  He did struggle sliding his feet in pass protection.

Jurriel King/South Carolina – Displayed good movement skills, good punch with his hands yet marginal footwork.

Alex Linnenkohl/Oregon State – Was slow, lacked quickness and struggled with his footwork.

DeMarcus Love/Arkansas – Marginal pop with his hands and poor footwork in pass protection drills.

John Moffitt/Wisconsin – Simulated the center position, moved well, looked strong and displayed surprisingly good footwork.

Derek Newton/Arkansas State – Looked strong yet also slightly stiff and was not smooth in pass protection drills.

Kristofer O’Dowd/USC – Displayed good movement skills, a solid change in direction and nice feet in pass protection.

Mike Person/Montana State – Fluid sliding his feet, yet was not quick and gathered into blocks.

Jason Pinkston/Pittsburgh – Showed some strength at the point of attack, yet looked heavy footed, was not smooth, and rose out of his stance as play proceeded.

Mike Pouncey/Florida – Moved well, looked very quick, and showed both punch and power in his hands.

William Rackly/Lehigh – Moved well yet not explosive or aggressive and gathered into blocks.

Jah Reid/Central Florida – Moved well for a big man, yet showed limited quickness.

Steven Schilling/Michigan – Gave effort and used his angles well in pass protection, yet for the most part appeared unathletic, lacked power and displayed poor footwork.

Derek Sherrod/Mississippi State – Looked surprisingly unathletic, lacked quickness, was not fluid and lumbered about the field. He did display good footwork in pass protection.

Willie Smith/East Carolina – Was quick and showed good movement skills.

Nate Solder/Colorado – Looked very athletic, was smooth, fluid on his feet and displayed a good punch.

Zane Taylor/Utah – Practiced much faster than he timed and displayed good footwork.

Isaiah Thompson/Houston – Gave a lot of effort and showed some small area quickness, yet struggled to move about the field and displayed awful footwork in pass protection.

Justin Vandervelde/Iowa – He was quick, played with good lean, and showed some strength; yet was a bit stiff.

Danny Watkins/Baylor – Smooth moving about the field, quick change of direction and attacked assignments. He was technically sound and showed good footwork in pass protection.

Keith Williams/Nebraska – Fluid movement skills and showed strength yet struggled sliding his feet in pass protection.

Zack Williams/Washington State – Displayed solid footwork and good punch with his hands, yet struggled to move about the field and gathered into blocks.

Stefen Wisniewski/Penn State – Showed no explosion, not fluid and displayed poor footwork.

Lee Ziemba/Auburn – Looked unathletic, lumbered about the field, and can’t slide his field. He worked hard and did display some leg drive.

The annual sojourn to the city of Indianapolis has begun for the league’s 32 franchises who will be joined by 325 prospective future employees. For the next six days we will bring you complete coverage of what’s going on in and around the combine.
UPDATE 4:45 PM EST – Another Pouncey to wear the black and yellow?

Michael Pouncey turned in a terrific positional skill workout today looking strong, athletic and very quick.  His forty times were also solid, both clocking under 5.20 seconds.  This is sure to rekindle the talk of Pouncey entering the first round of the draft, something TFY has stated we feel is a bit of a stretch, not so for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Prior to the start of the combine sources told us the Steelers, who will be looking to come out of April’s draft will multiple prospects on the offensive line, were looking to Pouncey as one of their first round targets.  Today’s results are only justify their earlier grade on Maurkice’s brother.

4:30 PM EST

– The media room was in a frenzy as Cam Newton, J.J. Watt and Julio Jones were brought in simultaneously. Then Robert Quinn followed. Newton’s display was clearly seen on television as he came off less than spectacular (one can argue quite pompous. Maybe a reference to a donkey may be the best word). Watt was confident in his abilities, and weighed in at 290 pounds. Jones was quiet in his demeanor.

TFY took the time to ask about previous claims stated against Quinn’s attitude this season in Chapel Hill.

Quinn stated that he took a trip to watch the team when they played LSU. As he sat there in the stands watching, he was nearly in tears because he couldn’t be there for his team. He realized he made a selfish mistake for which others had to pay. He was quite adament that football is a big part of his life, and that he should never take it for granted.

– On the flipside, wide receiver Titus Young was asked point blank about his previous suspension at Boise State. “I’m not going to comment on that,” the former Bronco dismissed.

– Two linebackers were also stuck in the middle of the media feeding frenzy. Illinois’ Martez Wilson legitimately expects to be selected in the first round. Whereas another North Carolina product, Quan Sturdivant (6-1 241) divulged he was tasked with making the defensive play calls all four years while on campus.

Joe Morgan, WR Walsh, may be the fastest player at the NFL combine. He can’t run away from his past. The former Illinois Fighting Illini was dismissed from school after his “third strike”. He attempted to lie to school officials for his teammate/roommate who was in possession of a firearm. He previously had a run-in with woman and then tried to break up a fight which ended badly. These string of events is how one starts in the Big Ten and ends in the NAIA.

2:50 PM EST

– “It’s been a tough season,” Pittsburgh’s Greg Romeus admitted after a season from hell suffering back and knee injuries. “I had a lot of expectations.

“My medicals checked out well. They have been pulling and tugging all day. Everything looks good.

“I’m still rehabbing my knee. My back is 100 percent. My knee is still three months removed. I just started running, and I still have about two more months to go.”

Pittsburgh’s pro day is set for March 15th, where Romeus does expect to lift.

– “The leg is fine,” Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith stated about a lower leg injury he suffered in 2010. “It’s 100 percent. Everything has checked out good.

“It slowed my ability. It didn’t allow me to use my athleticism like I usually did in the past.

A. Smith, weighing in at 264 pounds here in Indianapolis, received a second round grade from the NFL advisory committee.

“I took that into consideration,” he said. “Being that I was hurt, I thought that was pretty good. I thought I really had a chance to move myself up as a result.”

2:00 PM EST

– Nevada’s Dontay Moch has been an enigma all season after it was revealed he was consistently ripping off 4.3 forty-yard dash times. When directly asked what his best time had been previously, he said (with a straight face) “A 4.08.” Obviously, it was hand-timed. Otherwise, he currently weighs 245 pounds and still expects a legit 4.3 or 4.4 official timing here in Indiniapolis.

Weslye Sauders, the former tight end from South Carolina, petitioned and was granted the opportunity to compete at the combine. His journey came to an ubrupt ending after aggravating a broken bone in his foot while warming up for the forty-yard dash. He did not run. His pro day is set for March 30.

1:00 PM EST

– It was a visage which may have been somewhat unexpected. North Carolina’s Marvin Austin stepped in front of the microphone with a flashy grin plastered on his face as the media awaited his explanations. It was a slightly different demeanor than the rancor Austin once spewed from his twitter and facebook account after he received a season-long suspension from the NCAA. He confirmed that four different trips were taken which were deemed illegal by collegiate standards . Two were to California and two were to Florida. Austin would not go into further detail.

Adrian Clayborn, what do you say to those who state your senior season was a dissappointment? “I’d say they should go back and watch the tape.”

Clayborn continued, “I know I didn’t have as many tackles, but I thought I played well.”

12:30 PM EST

While many of the times from this mornings first group of offensive linemen were unimpressive, several top prospects looked good in drills. Boston College’s Anthony Casonzo, Wisconsin’s Gabe Carimi, TCU’s Marcus Cannon, and Florida State’s Rodney Hudson all performed well. Three linemen from the second group including Colorado’s Nate Solder, Cincinnati’s Jason Kelce, and Arkansas State’s Derek Newton all posted forty-yard dash efforts under five seconds. Arkansas’ Ray Dominguez also looked terrific in drills.

– Thus far among the second group of offensive linemen, John Moffitt has been used primarly as a center.

– A few extra measurements for defensive linemen: Sam Acho (DE, Texas) 6-1.5, Jeremy Beal (DE, Oklahoma) 6-2 and 262 pounds, Ryan Kerrigan (DE/Purdue) 267 pounds, and Marcell Dareus (DE, Alabama) 6-3 and 319 pounds.

11:30 AM EST

– Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward has visited Dr. James Andrews twice in recent months as TFY had previously reported. Asked specifically about the injury, Heyward detailed he received a complete UCL reconstruction in his left arm. He also confirmed he will not be benchpressing at his pro day, but has started to lift.

Despite dazzling scouts with his size measurements, Tyron Smith has decided not to run in Indianapolis and will save his speed for his pro-day performance.

9:30 AM EST.

Ryan Bartholomew/C/Syracuse – 34

Chris Hairston/OT/Clemson – 33

Marcus Cannon/OT/TCU – 33

Zane Taylor/C/Utah – 33

Kristofer O’Dowd/C/USC – 31

Marcus Gilbert/OT/Florida – 30

Steve Schilling/OG/Michigan – 30

Stefen Wisniewski/C/Penn State – 30

Gabe Carimi/OT/Wisconsin – 29

William Rackley/OG/Lehigh – 29

Anthony Castonzo/OT/Boston College – 28

Charlie Gantt/TE/Michigan State 28

Rodney Hudson/OG/Florida State – 27 (Hudson has been utilized as a center in all of the drills)

DeMarcus Love/OT/Arkansas – 27

Luke Stocker/TE/Tennessee – 27

Lee Smith/TE/Marshall – 25

Lance Kendricks/TE/Wisconsin -25

Virgil Green/TE/Nevada – 23

(make sure to follow both’s Tony Pauline and TFY’s head scout Brent Sobleski via twitter @tonypauline and @brentsobleski)

Newton, a no-show for the media?The annual sojourn to the city of Indianapolis has begun for the league’s 32 franchises who will be joined by 325 prospective future employees.  For the next six days we will bring you complete coverage of what’s going on in and around the combine. 

UPDATE 4:30 PM EST: More Cam Newton and some workouts

TFY spoke with people from Cam Newton’s camp about the quarterback’s reluctance to speak to the media today at the combine. No convincing reason was given as we were told Newton’s heavy interview schedule with NFL teams and general managers is taking its toll.

– Starting with bench press results, Tyron Smith completed 29 repititions. Indiana’s James Brewer finished with 25.

– Specialists performed earlier today. Most of the place kickers did well. All of the top guys converted 12 of 15. Kai Forbath graded the highest hitting on all of his FG attempts from more than 50-yards. Most of them had the distance to convert from 60-plus yards.

4:00 PM EST

Time to update two previous DraftInsider stories…

– A month ago, TFY reported Stanford’s Owen Marecic had a disinterest in the entire draft process, because he has fantastic academic career he can alternatively choose. Today, he disputed those claims. “I’m 100 percent focused on football,” he claimed.

– Early in December, sources intimated Oregon State’s Jacquizz Rodgers had already decided to enter the NFL draft as an underclassmen. Rodgers immediately refuted the report. When asked about it during his media session at the Combine, Rodgers stayed true to his original statement. At the time, he had not made up his mind. The decision came much later in the process.

Cameron Jordan is one of the top rated defensive linemen in a loaded draft class. He is prepare to showcase his abilities during his stay in Indianapolis. The collegiate five technique is planning to participate in a full workout.

3:35 PM EST

As two highly recognizable running backs spoke with the media, surprising size numbers were discussed…

– A double-take was required to realize Wisconsin’s John Clay was at the podium. He has shed 30 pounds recently due to a better diet. He discussed that he did not eat well with a minimum of meals each day. Each of those meals were large and added pounds. The running back is now a svelte 231 pounds.

– Former Heisman trophy winner, Mark Ingram, is listed at 5-10 and 215 pounds. Well, he the 215 mark was absolutely correct. He was actually a full inch shorter at a self-described 5-9 according to his NFL measurements.

3:00 PM EST

– The ripple effects of USC’s suspension continue to be felt all the way to the midwest.  After weighing in at 307 pounds, Tyron Smith stated he had gained 20 pounds since the end of last season. During the extra time the Trojans would usually be in post-season play and practice; Smith changed his diet. He cut junk food and began to eat a healthy and balanced diet. The tackle admitted his drastic change in body-type and what he tipped the scales even surprised him.. His low was 285 pounds last season.

2:45 PM EST

– The PSAC conference has two prospects here in Indianapolis. Brandon Fusco was already highlighted in an earlier interview this week on TFY. California of Pennsylvania quarterback Josh Portis has been one of the most impressive interviews to date. Portis was originally recruited to Florida. After being caught cheating on a pop quiz, he was suspended. He decided to leave and transfer to Maryland. A lack of playing time forced another tranfer into the Division II level. Portis has plenty of physical ability with a strong arm and fantastic athleticism. He expected to run in the 4.5 range during his 40-yard dash attempts. “I’m going to put on a show,” he continually smirked.

– Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder will participate in throwing drills.

2:00 PM EST

 – Utah State cornerback Curtis Marsh, who sat and watched the Senior Bowl with an injured hamstring, is schedule to complete a full combine workout.

– Whereas, Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph plans the exact opposite. Rudolph described his ability to run with a previously torn hamstring is currently at 75-80 percent. He will not participate in any of the physical activities here in Indianapolis.

– Missouri quarterback and potentially the top signal caller chosen, Blaine Gabbert measured in at 6-4(3/8’s) and 238 pounds. He describes himself as a competitor and will partake in all of the drills.

1:00 PM EST

A.J. Green, a potential top ten pick, stated “I want to be mentioned with the best.” Green measured in at 6-3.5 and 211 pounds earlier today.

– Nebraska guard Keith Williams talked about facing former teammate Ndamukong Suh every day in practice last year, “It was a bear fight.”

12:30 pm

– Two questions follow Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson as he continues the draft process. Why was he benched and what do teams feel about his throwing mechanics? He answered both Friday. He stated injury and momentum were the reasons behind not starting the rest of the year. His response to mechanics proved interesting. Teams have not been overly concerned with his throwing motion. Instead they are more worried about his footwork, because Johnson has shown a tendency to throw everything from his shoulder. So how sound the joint is has been questioned. Johnson has countered by working with the same QB coach Tim Tebow employed last draft season, Zeke Bratkowski.

– Once Pitt wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin leaves Indianapolis he will return to training. He will be training with the likes of another Panthers’ alumni, Larry Fitzgerald as well as Roddy White and Greg Jennings.

11:35 AM EST

– Auburn’s Nick Fairley may be the number one overall selection in April’s NFL draft. The defensive tackle has been rebabbing a small shoulder seperation he suffered during the season. Although it is not considered serious, it has hampered his ability to participate in the bench press, an event he will not participate in at the combine. Otherwise, Fairley has looked good in his training regiment. He has weighed 298 pounds and has appeared very athletic.

11:30 AM EST

– The first suspended North Carolina TarHeel entered the media room. Greg Little was the first to face the fire. Although he didn’t address the allegations directly, he did mention he was “very remorseful” and was upset that he basically started the entire process. What was surprising is that the running back turned wide receiver weighed in at a svelte 231 pounds.

– Pitt offensive tackle Jason Pinkston discussed teammate Jonathan Baldwin claiming the wide receiver has a 42-inch vertical. As a sidenote, Pinkston had a large role in potentially recruiting Owen Marecic to the Panthers. Marecic eventually chose Stanford despite a large contigent of family in Pittsburgh.

11:00 AM EST

Cameron Heyward was recently cleared to run and is close to receiving the okay to bench. The Ohio State product has already been re-examined by Dr. James Andrews since his surgery. The defensive end is expecting to do his pro-day workout for NFL teams March 30th. There is a chance he will participate in the benchpress on said date.

– LSU defensive tackle Drake Nevis, who missed the Senior Bowl with plantar flaciatis, is ready to go and is planning to fully participate with a combine workout.

Julio Jones is already considered one of the top wide receiver prospects in the draft. Unlike many top prospects in years past who are advised against running, the Alabama product is expected to run his 40-yard dash in Indianapolis.

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