MarpetA week and a day earlier than usual, the 2015 NFL Combine kicks off in just four days with the offensive linemen taking to the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium. So what’s the latest word on the blockers as the football world descends upon Indianapolis? Here are five stories to keep an eye on.

 

 

 

 

Which offensive lineman will leave the Indianapolis with significantly improved draft grades? I’d gamble on D.J. Humphries of Florida. I presently grade Humphries as a 3rd rounder, earlier than most, but the feeling is he could move even higher with a good combine performance. Scouts believe Humphries is one of the most athletic tackles in this years class and holds as much upside as any of the top rated blockers. Playing the year at 280-pounds, he presently tips the scales at just over 300-pounds and is being tutored by former New York Giant offensive lineman William Roberts. Expect not only good testing marks from Humphries but a solid performance in position drills as his ability to effortlessly move about the field and change direction will surely impress.

Another junior offensive lineman I expect to leave the combine with a buzz is Utah junior Jeremiah Poutasi. The Utes starting left tackle the past two seasons after manning the right side as a freshman, most teams grade Poutasi at guard with some now referring to him as Mike Iupati Jr. I graded Poutase as an early third round pick and have been told scouts rate him much higher than those on the outside (media).

Many grade T.J. Clemmings as a mid-first round choice but it’s an opinion those affiliated with the league never shared. Sources told me the early first round grades placed on Clemmings were unwarranted and set up unreasonable expectations at the Senior Bowl. Most now believe Clemmings needs a strong combine performance and pro-day to stay in the first round. And though the short term picture may not be as rosy as some predict, league insiders all feel Clemmings best football lay ahead as he’s still learning to play on the offensive line. There’s also a belief Clemmings could start his pro-career at guard, something I’ve said all along, before being kicked outside to tackle.

Another top rated blocker who needs to turn in a good combine performance is Tyler Sambrailo. The Colorado State tackle struggled at times during the Senior Bowl and teams came away questioning his functional football strength. On the other hand his athleticism is not a concern (still remember watching as Sambrailo caught a touchdown pass last season). Sambrailo may not have the fastest forty time on Friday but check and see how his shuttle and 3-cone times stack up against the rest of the offensive linemen. There’s still a chance Sambrailo slides into the late part of round one. I previously posted on the Seattle Seahawks admiration for Sambrailo and now hear the Green Bay Packers are in the mix. The team could lose Bryan Bulaga via free agency in the coming weeks and the feeling is Sambrailo’s athleticism and ability to easily move around the field makes him a perfect fit for the Aaron Rodgers led Packers.

After his sensational performance at the Senior Bowl a lot of eyes will be on Ali Marpet in Indianapolis. The Hobart product has been working with former All Pro Bob Whitfield, who’s taken to the small school lineman. I’m told teams are struggling how to grade Marpet and at what position. Most teams have listed him at guard or center, with a few slotting Marpet at the right tackle spot. Almost no one has listed him as a left tackle as arm length is a concern (calling Jeff Backus!). Expect Marpet to put up solid not sensational numbers this week (5-second forty, 30-reps on the bench). I’m told Hobart will try and hold their pro-day on March 26th, the same day Syracuse is hosting NFL teams. The plan is for Marpet to workout early in the morning before scouts make the one hour drive to Syracuse, who has denied Marpet the opportunity to participate in their pro-day.

HackettRankings and ratings for 167 defensive backs.

Cornerbacks

Rnd

Name

School

Yr

1st

Trae Waynes

Michigan State

4Jr

1st

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

Oregon

4Sr

1-2

Marcus Peters

Washington

4Jr

2nd

P.J. Williams

Florida State

3Jr

2nd

Kevin Johnson

Wake Forest

5Sr

2nd

Quinten Rollins

Miami-Oh

5Sr

3rd

Jacoby Glenn

Central Florida

3So

3rd

Alex Carter

Stanford

3Jr

3rd

Ronald Darby

Florida State

3Jr

3rd

D’Joun Smith

Florida Atlantic

4Sr

3rd

Senquez Golson

Mississippi

4Sr

3-4

Steven Nelson

Oregon State

4Sr

3-4

Jalen Collins

LSU

4Jr

4th

Kevin White

TCU

5Sr

4-5

Doran Grant

Ohio State

4Sr

5th

LaDarius Gunter

Miami-Fl

5Sr

5th

Charles Gaines

Louisville

4Jr

6th

Byron Jones

Connecticut

5Sr

6th

Deshazor Everett

Texas A&M

4Sr

6th

Nick Marshall

Auburn

4Sr

6th

Julian Wilson

Oklahoma

5Sr

6-7

Eric Rowe

Utah

4Sr

6-7

Donald Celiscar

Western Michigan

4Sr

6-7

Quandre Diggs

Texas

4Sr

6-7

Craig Mager

Texas State

5Sr

7th

Jacorey Shepherd

Kansas

4Sr

7th

Cam Thomas

Western Kentucky

5Sr

7th

Josh Shaw

USC

5Sr

7-FA

Bobby McCain

Memphis

4Sr

7-FA

Tye Smith

Towson

4Sr

FA

Troy Hill

Oregon

5Sr

FA

Justin Coleman

Tennessee

4Sr

FA

Imoan Claiborne

Northwestern State

5Sr

FA

Damian Swann

Georgia

4Sr

FA

Lorenzo Doss

Tulane

3Jr

FA

Ronnie Vinson

Tennessee State

5Sr

FA

Tim Scott

North Carolina

4Sr

FA

Bernard Blake

Colorado State

5Sr

FA

De’Ante Saunders

Tennessee State

4Sr

FA

C.J. Roberts

CSU-Pueblo

5Sr

FA

Justin Cox

Mississippi State

4Sr

FA

Stephen Godbolt III

Webber International

5Sr

FA

Cariel Brooks

Adams State

4Sr

FA

Garry Peter

Clemson

5Sr

FA

Deandre Jones

Wyoming

4Sr

FA

Tevin Mitchel

Arkansas

4Sr

FA

Wayne Lyons

Stanford

4Sr

FA

Axel Ofori

Maine

5Sr

FA

Jeremiah Johnson

Maryland

5Sr

FA

Randall Evans

Kansas State

5Sr

FA

Timothy Bennett

Indiana

4Sr

FA

Brandon Reddish

Syracuse

4Sr

FA

Gegory Henderson

Colorado

4Sr

FA

Cody Riggs

Notre Dame

5Sr

FA

Robertson Daniel

BYU

4Sr

FA

Stephan Dickens

CSU-Pueblo

5Sr

FA

Eric Patterson

BallState

4Sr

FA

Terell Floyd

Louisville

4Sr

FA

Raymon Taylor

Michigan

4Sr

FA

Jonathon Mincy

Auburn

5Sr

FA

Dexter McDonald

Kansas

5Sr

FA

Valdon Cooper

Georgia Southern

4Sr

FA

Norman Hayes

Harvard

4Sr

FA

Richard Leonard

Florida International

4Sr

FA

Isiah Wiley

Bellhaven?

5Sr

FA

Jamerson Love

Mississippi State

5Sr

FA

Nick Waisome

Florida State

4Sr

FA

Curtis Riley

Fresno State

5Sr

FA

Deonte Flowers

Montana State

4Sr

FA

Adrian James

UTEP

5Sr

FA

Corey Trim

La-Lafayette

4Sr

FA

Detric Allen

East Carolina

5Sr

FA

Jimmy Jean

Alabama-Birmingham

4Sr

FA

Al-Hajj Shabazz

West Chester

5Sr

FA

Travis Manning

Northwest Missouri

6Sr

FA

Ian Williams

Fordham

5Sr

FA

Tyree Hollins

Grambling

4Sr

FA

Charles Garrett

Nevada

5Sr

FA

Anthony Robey

Temple

5Sr

FA

Jordan Johnson

BYU

5Sr

FA

Saqwan Edwards

New Mexico

5Sr

FA

Drequan Hoskey

Virginia

5Sr

Safety

Rnd

Name

School

Yr

1st

Landon Collins

Alabama

4Sr

2nd

Chris Hackett

TCU

4Jr

3rd

Cody Prewitt

Mississippi

4Sr

3-4

Derron Smith

Fresno State

5Sr

4th

Kurtis Drummond

Michigan State

5Sr

4th

Durell Eskridge

Syracuse

4Jr

4th

Jaquiski Tartt

Samford

5Sr

4-5

Anthony Harris

Virginia

4Sr

5th

James Sample

Louisville

3Jr

5th

Anthony Jefferson

UCLA

5Sr

6th

Jordan Richards

Stanford

4Sr

6th

Ibraheim Campbell

Northwestern

5Sr

6th

Gerod Holliman

Louisville

3So

6th

Kyshoen Jarrett

Virginia Tech

4Sr

6-7

Jermaine Whitehead

Auburn

4Sr

6-7

Ronald Martin

LSU

4Sr

7th

Braylon Webb

Missouri

5Sr

7th

Clayton Geathers

Central Florida

5Sr

7th

Isaiah Johnson

Georgia Tech

5Sr

7-FA

Adrian Amos

Penn State

4Sr

7-FA

Detrick Bonner

Virginia Tech

5Sr

FA

Dean Marlowe

James Madison

5Sr

FA

Damarious Randall

Arizona State

5Sr

FA

Tevin McDonald

Eastern Washington

5Sr

FA

Mykkele Thompson

Texas

4Sr

FA

Nick Perry

Alabama

5Sr

FA

Dechane Durante

Northern Illinois

5Sr

FA

Ryan Murphy

Oregon State

5Sr

FA

Damian Parms

Florida Atlantic

4Sr

FA

Sam Carter

TCU

5Sr

FA

Tra’Mayne Bondurant

Arizona

4Sr

FA

Howard Matthews

Texas A&M

4Sr

FA

Fritz Etienne

Memphis

5Sr

FA

Corey Cooper

Nebraska

5Sr

FA

Colten Heagle

North Dakota State

5Sr

FA

Erick Dargan

Oregon

5Sr

FA

Floyd Raven

Texas A&M

4Sr

FA

Michael Lowe

California

5Sr

FA

Gordon Hill

Sacred Heart

4Sr

FA

Jarrick Williams

Alabama

5Sr

FA

Brison Williams

South Carolina

4Sr

FA

Ty-Meer Brown

Boston College

5Sr

FA

Daniel Fitzpatrick

Tennessee State

4Sr

FA

Matthias Farley

Notre Dame

5Sr

FA

Demarco Nelson

Tulsa

5Sr

FA

Julien David

Howard

5Sr

FA

Earnest Thomas

Illinois

5Sr

FA

Lorenzo Waters

Rutgers

5Sr

FA

Brandon Cheaton

Missouri State

4Sr

FA

Robenson Therezie

Auburn

4Sr

FA

Sharrod Golightly

South Carolina

5Sr

FA

Emmanuel Johnson

Southern Mississippi

4Sr

FA

Craig Bills

BYU

4Sr

FA

Jeremy Ioane

Boise State

5Sr

FA

Cedric Thompson

Minnesota

4Sr

FA

Avery Sebastian

California

4Sr

FA

Caleb Schaffitzel

Missouri State

4Sr

FA

Adam Redden

Buffalo

4Sr

FA

Jacob Hagen

Liberty

5Sr

FA

John Lowdermilk

Iowa

4Sr

FA

Alan Turner

Arkansas

5Sr

FA

Keenan Lambert

Norfolk State

5Sr

FA

Ashely Lowery

Kentucky

4Sr

FA

Quentin Hayes

Oklahoma

5Sr

FA

Mark Murphy

Indiana

4Sr

FA

Austin Collinsworth

Notre Dame

5Sr

FA

Tyrequek Zimmerman

Oregon State

4Sr

FA

Justin Halley

Florida International

5Sr

FA

Justin Currie

Western Michigan

4Sr

FA

Peniel Jean

Wisconsin

5Sr

FA

Joe Sarnese

Villanova

4Sr

FA

Robert Smith

Clemson

4Sr

FA

Ace Clark

Western Carolina

5Sr

FA

Demarkus Perkins

Florida International

5Sr

FA

Landon Feichter

Purdue

4Sr

FA

Harold Jones-Quartey

Findlay

4Sr

FA

Johnathan Shuler

Austin Peay

4Sr

FA

Matt Hermanson

Montana

4Sr

FA

Jared Tevis

Arizona

4Sr

FA

Lyndell Johnson

Tarleton

4Sr

FA

Tevin Carter

Utah

4Sr

FA

Taylor Richards

Purdue

4Sr

FA

A.J. Hendy

Maryland

4Sr

FA

Chris Calloway

Ball State

4Sr

FA

Sterling Young

Arkansas State

5Sr

BeasleyRankings and ratings of 112 outside and inside/middle linebackers.

Outside Linebacker


Rnd


Full Name


School


Yr

1st

Dante Fowler Jr.

Florida

3Jr

1st

Vic Beasley

Clemson

5Sr

1st

Shaq Thompson

Washington

3Jr

1-2

Benardrick McKinney

Mississippi State

4Jr

2nd

Nate Orchard

Utah

4Sr

2nd

Paul Dawson

TCU

4Sr

3rd

Lorenzo Mauldin

Louisville

4Sr

3-4

Taiwan Jones

Michigan State

4Sr

4th

Martrell Spaight

Arkansas

4Sr

4th

Jordan Hicks

Texas

5Sr

5th

Kwon Alexander

LSU

3Jr

5th

Xzavier Dickson

Alabama

4Sr

5th

Hayes Pullard

USC

5Sr

5th

Geneo Grissom

Oklahoma

5Sr

6th

Max Valles

Virginia

2So

6th

Mark Nzeocha

Wyoming

4Sr

6th

Tony Washington

Oregon

5Sr

6th

Zach Hodges

Harvard

4Sr

6-7

Neiron Ball

Florida

5Sr

6-7

Charles Tull

Tenn-Chattanooga

5Sr

7th

John Tavai

USC

4Sr

7th

Alani Fua

BYU

5Sr

FA

Michael Reynolds

Kansas

4Sr

FA

Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil

Maryland

5Sr

FA

Junior Sylvestre

Toledo

4Sr

FA

Edmond Robinson

Newberry

4Sr

FA

Dyshawn Davis

Syracuse

4Sr

FA

James Vaughters

Stanford

4Sr

FA

Derrick Malone

Oregon

5Sr

FA

Matt Robinson

Maryland

5Sr

FA

Justin Oxendine

Citadel

4Sr

FA

Sage Harold

 James Madison

4Sr

FA

Daquan Romero

Virginia

4Sr

FA

Jonathan Anderson

TCU

5Sr

FA

Efrem Oliphant

Houston

5Sr

FA

Derek Akunne

North Texas

4Sr

FA

Gavin Stansbury

Houston

5Sr

FA

Tony Bell

Tennessee-Martin

4Sr

FA

Todd Thomas

Pittsburgh

5Sr

FA

Stephon Sanders

SMU

4Sr

FA

Keith Smith

San Jose State

3Jr

FA

Brennan Scarlett

California

4Sr

FA

Vincent Buhagiar

San Jose State

5Sr

FA

Sonny Puletasi

Wyoming

5Sr

FA

Braylon Mitchell

Arkansas

5Sr

FA

Chi Chic Ariguzo

Northwestern

5Sr

FA

Reshard Cliett

South Florida

5Sr

FA

Travis Williams

Youngstown State

5Sr

FA

Donell Alexander

Oregon State

4Sr

FA

Travis Hughes

North Carolina

4Sr

FA

Gabriel Martin

Bowling Green

5Sr

FA

Quinton Alston

Iowa

4Sr

FA

Diaheem Watkins

Ala-Birmingham

4Sr

FA

Jonathan Truman

Kansas State

5Sr

FA

Serderius Bryant

Mississippi

4Sr

FA

Ty Brown

NC Central

5Sr

FA

LeBranden Richardson

Bethune-Cookman

4Sr

FA

Derrick Mathews

Houston

4Sr

FA

Corey Bell

Boise State

4Sr

FA

Justin March

Akron

4Sr

FA

Anthony Gonzalez

Pittsburgh

5Sr

FA

Travis Taylor

Murray State

4Sr

FA

Alexander Singleton

Montana State

4Sr

FA

Cameron Lynch

Syracuse

4Sr

FA

Cameron Ontko

Cal Poly

5Sr

FA

Deiontrez Mount

Louisville

4Sr

FA

David Cooper

Indiana

5Sr

FA

Javarie Johnson

New Mexico

5Sr

Inside/Middle Linebackers


Rnd


Name


School


Yr

2nd

Denzel Perryman

Miami-Fl

4Sr

2nd

Eric Kendricks

UCLA

5Sr

3rd

Stephone Anthony

Clemson

4Sr

4-5

Ben Heeney

Kansas

4Sr

5th

Amarlo Herrera

Georgia

4Sr

5-6

Ramik Wilson

Georgia

4Sr

5-6

Jake Ryan

Michigan

5Sr

6th

Mike Hull

Penn State

5Sr

6th

Trey Depriest

Alabama

4Sr

6-7

A.J. Johnson

Tennessee

4Sr

7th

Steve Edmond

Texas

4Sr

7th

Aaron Davis

Colorado State

4Sr

7-FA

Bryce Hager

Baylor

5Sr

FA

Damien Wilson

Minnesota

4Sr

FA

AJ Tarpley

Stanford

5Sr

FA

Terrance Plummer

Central Florida

4Sr

FA

Curtis Grant

Ohio State

4Sr

FA

Jeff Luc

Cincinnati

5Sr

FA

L.A. Goree

Maryland

5Sr

FA

Michael Taylor

Florida

5Sr

FA

Quayshawn Nealy

Georgia Tech

5Sr

FA

Cole Farrand

Maryland

4Sr

FA

Karl Mickelsen

Fresno State

4Sr

FA

Jacoby Hale

Utah

5Sr

FA

Kevin Snyder

Rutgers

4Sr

FA

Ronnie Hamlin

Eastern Washington

6Sr

FA

Michael Alisa

BYU

5Sr

FA

Sam Eguavoen

Texas Tech

4Sr

FA

Deterrian Shackelford

Mississippi

6Sr

FA

John Timu

Washington

4Sr

FA

D.J. Lynch

Bowling Green

5Sr

FA

Henry Coley

Virginia

5Sr

FA

Lamar Dawson

USC

4Sr

FA

Derek Landisch

Wisconsin

4Sr

FA

Kendall Moore

Notre Dame

5Sr

FA

Zachary Vigil

Utah State

5Sr

FA

Justin Cherocci

Central Michigan

5Sr

FA

Qushaun Lee

Arkansas State

5Sr

FA

Justin Shirk

Bloomsburg

5Sr

FA

Michael Orakpo

Texas State

5Sr

FA

Nick Forbes (Ret)

California

4Sr

FA

Kelby Brown

Duke

5Sr

FA

D.J. Welter

LSU

5Sr

FA

Stanley Andre

U MASS

5Sr

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