2015 NFL Combine: Offensive Tackles

    For those invited and participating in the 2015 NFL Combine, what matters? What’s the most important thing to watch out for? They’re all talented and they

    February 20, 2015

    For those invited and participating in the 2015 NFL Combine, what matters? What’s the most important thing to watch out for? They’re all talented and they all have elite skills, but there are keys that every scout and GM will be looking at. Here’s what each prospect has to prove … 

    1. Ereck Flowers, Miami 6-6, 324 
    Can he build off his fantastic offseason workouts and practices? He might not be polished, but if he can look athletic to go along with his prototype size, he’ll be seen as a potential franchise option if given a little bit of time. He has to prove that he’s worth the investment and patience. 

    2. Brandon Scherff, Iowa 6-5, 320
    He’ll destroy the bench, but can he move? The more agile he looks, and the quicker he is, the more he’ll cement himself as a top 15 selection. Some might peg him as a Right Tackle Only if he doesn’t have the lateral athleticism. 

    3. Andrus Peat, Stanford 6-7, 316
    Stanford offensive linemen always look the part and seem like they should be prototypes, and they’ve – to generalize – underwhelmed. He has to show he’s going to be a killer who wants to destroy his man – that has to come across in the interviews. 

    4. T.J. Clemmings, Pittsburgh 6-6, 315
    How fast is he along in the process? He’s going to be fantastic in the drills and he’ll look like the prototype, but the tools won’t always match the tape. He’s the hot prospect of the moment and is being seen as a possible top ten overall pick, and he’ll look it – the homework has to be done to make sure that he’s ready to step in and start tomorrow. 

    5. La’el Collins, LSU 6-5, 321
    It he a blasting, run-blocking guard in a tackle’s body? He might be a Right Tackle Only, and he might be a fantastic Right Tackle Only, but his stock needs him to crank up the athleticism. 

    6. Cameron Erving, Florida State 6-6, 308
    Raw strength would be a plus. The bench might be overrated and overblown, but if he rocks it, all of a sudden his versatile and strength overcomes his lack of raw bulk. He needs to show some quickness as a pass protector – he has to prove he’s not a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none. 

    7. Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M 6-5, 305
    When is his knee going to be ready? He suffered a torn ACL late in the year, and he’s not going to be able to lift, but there’s still a question about overcoming the technical problems. He could be a great value pick outside of the first round, but he has to eventually show something at an elite level – that’s going to take a while before he heals up. 

    8. Daryl Williams, Oklahoma 6-6, 329
    All that matters are the agility drills. The size is there, the power isn’t in question, and he has the right attitude, but he has to be able to move. If he can’t, he falls out of the first round and into the Right Tackle Only category. 

    9. Jake Fisher, Oregon 6-6, 300
    He’s not for every style, and he somehow has to show that he’s more than just a zone-blocking tackle. He’ll interview well, and he’ll say all the right things, but he has to either show he’ll be able to add at least 15 good pounds, or he’ll limited. 

    10. Ty Sambrailo, Colorado State 6-5, 315
    All eyes will be on the bench press. There’s obviously a difference between functional strength and lifting 225 in Indy, but he has to show off the pop and power. However, there are few linemen at the top end who can help themselves more with one big workout. 

    11. Rob Havenstein, Wisconsin 6-8, 333
    Is his size actually a problem? Can he look like a left tackle in terms of bending and agility? He’s not a guard, and he might not be a franchise pass protector, so someone has to lock him in to being a mainstay right tackle – he has to look agile. 

    12. Donovan Smith, Penn State 6-5, 335
    Agility, agility, agility. He might turn out to be a guard considering his power and size, but if he wants to go early, and if he wants to be a tackle, he has to move like one. 

    13. D.J. Humphries, Florida 6-5, 284 
    More potential than production, he needs to be polished and needs to be keep the minor technique mistakes – even in the mundane Combine drills – to a bare minimum. A great bench press would be a big help. 

    14. Jeremiah Poutasi, Utah 6-6, 330
    Can he move? He’s as strong as they come, and he’s overpower anyone he get his hands on, but does he have any feet? The agility drills and his athleticism will be closely evaluated. 

    15. Jamon Brown, Louisville 6-6, 326 
    Is he in shape? Looks the part, has the right size, and has a little bit of versatility, but if he wants to be a tackle, he has to show off the feet and the agility. Otherwise, he’ll be pegged as a guard – no one will think he’s a next-level left tackle. 

    16. Tayo Fabuluje, TCU 6-7, 360 
    Way too big, can he move well enough to be a tackle? Will he be able to slim down and work around 330 pounds? He’s a bit of a project, but he has to prove he’s worth the wait – and if he can maybe play guard if need be. 

    17. Ali Marpet, Hobart 6-4, 310 
    Obviously, it’s all about whether or not he can adjust to the bigger competition, so he just needs to look close to the part. He did that at the Senior Bowl, and now he simply has to be one of the boys. He doesn’t have to dominate, but he has to fun and move like everyone else. 

    18. Terry Poole, San Diego State 6-5, 310
    Can he move? Does he have any feet? Great run blocker, questionable pass protector, he has to be excellent in the agility drills or else he’s destined to be a guard. 

    19. Jamil Douglas, Arizona State 6-4, 300 
    Power. Just a good bench press won’t be enough – he has to look like he can deliver a strike and bring the explosion to the running game. He can move, but now he has to hit. 

    20. Corey Robinson, South Carolina 6-8, 344
    Way too big to be a regular NFL left tackle, can he lose weight? Can he play guard and have enough flexibility to handle being an interior run blocker? The lateral movement has to be there to work at right tackle. 

    21. Austin Shepherd, Alabama 6-5, 320 
    Is he more than a try-hard type? Everyone is going to love him in interviews, and everyone is going to want him to succeed, but he has to be athletic enough to project as a tackle. He might be destined as a swing guard unless he shows off the tools. 

    22. Eric Lefeld, Cincinnati 6-6, 310 (Not Invited)
    Does he have the pop and the power? In offseason workouts he’ll be tested for his raw strength and toughness. He’s a good enough pass protector to get by, but he needs the all-around game to be an NFL right tackle. He’s not considered athletic enough – he’ll have to prove everyone wrong. 

    23. Tyrus Thompson, Oklahoma 6-5, 336
    The interview process is the key. He has the body, but can he bury his man in the ground game? Can he move well enough to shine in pass protection? He’ll have to convince GMs that he’s ready to be a mid-to-late round steal. 

    24. Sean Hickey, Syracuse 6-5, 291 
    Not big enough, not athletic enough, not powerful enough. He has to come up with something to show that he’s going to be more than an NFL backup. 

    25. Mitch Morse, Missouri 6-5, 305 
    Can he add a little more good weight? Can he bring a little more power? He has upside as a backup at either tackle spot, but something about his skills have to stand out. 


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