Combine Notes Day One: Offensive Line Group Two

Alright guys, here's a couple of quick notes that I took from the second group of offensive lineman today at the combine.

  • USC left tackle Matt Kalil, like David DeCastro earlier, was as advertised. Kalil was the top performer among all offensive lineman in the 40 yard dash clocking in with an official time of 4.99. For an offensive lineman to run sub-5 seconds, that's really good. More importantly he ran an unofficial 1.70 ten yard split (1.74 was the quickest among offensive lineman last year, for some perspective). Kalil also put up 30 reps on the bench press which is pretty good given his 34 1/2" arms. On top of all that he had the best three cone time of 7.33. Kalil effectively squashed any doubts (if there was any) and solidified his place as the top tackle in this draft class.
  • David Molk, the center from Michigan, won the bench press with an impressive 41 reps. Molk is a solid center prospect that could be a potential future starter for a team in the fourth round. Meanwhile Wisconsin center Peter Konz could only manage a disappointing 18 reps. Konz is a legitimate first round talent but will need to improve on his pro day to avoid dropping.
  • I liked a lot of what I saw from Nate Potter. The Boise State tackle projects as a mid-round tackle (probably on the right side) and helped himself today with good numbers and solid technique on most of the drills. He looked fluent and smooth when changing direction quickly.
  • In similar fashion Bobby Massie, the tackle from Mississippi put in a good all-round performance. He didn't particularly stand out on one drill more than another, but he was solidly above average in most drills. Massie could work his way into the second round if he impresses during the rest of the draft process. At the moment he's probably a third rounder.
  • Kelechi Osemele struggled a bit on the pulling drills. One particular pull to his left stood out in my memory where he got his feet tangled up getting off the snap. Josh Oglesby ran a near pathetic 40. He was officially timed at 5.80. Admittedly I don't remember seeing how he did in the rest of the drills to see if he made up for it, but that was a poor start for him.
  • Riley Reiff is rated by most as the second tackle in the draft and looked it today. He looked well coached and was particularly smooth with his footwork in the drills. He had an unofficial 1.71 ten yard split, which would have beaten the quickest time from last year.
  • I was also impressed with interior lineman Kevin Zeitler from Wisconsin. He's a guard that may end up playing center, but either way had a good day. He put up solid numbers across the board. Again, nothing spectacular, but he certainly didn't do anything to hurt himself today. He should be taken somewhere between the middle of the second or in the third round. Like a lot of Wisconsin lineman, the team that drafts him will get a well coached, nicely polished prospect.
  • That's it from me today. I missed most of the tight ends, and I'll miss the start of the day tomorrow but hopefully will catch the last hour or so of the quarterbacks, receivers and running backs. As always, keep checking back regularly for more updates from the combine.

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