Which Offensive Linemen Are Worth Noting at the 2015 NFL Combine?
|Date & Time||Friday February 13, 2015, 12:00 PM (EST)|
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TGIF, folks. We’re going to continue our look at the key guys to watch at the Combine this morning by breaking down the top ten offensive linemen you should know.
1. Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings has spent just two years as an offensive lineman (he was originally on the D-line), but he’s made quite an impact. While Clemmings currently has experience only at RT, there’s a good chance that he could be moved to the left side in the pros. Clemmings has the size and strength to make it in that role, but he’ll have to prove that he’s got natural athleticism in Indy.
2. Iowa's big OT Brandon Scherff has a promising pro future ahead of him, especially if he can find some fire inside. Scherff tends to play pretty composed football, but at 6’5 and 320 pounds, he could be a terror on the gridiron if he had a mind to be. Look for Scherff to be considered for open G positions by NFL scouts, as he may not be suited to playing T in the big leagues.
3. Andrus Peat, OT for Stanford, has a great frame, at 6’7, 312 pounds. With some coaching to improve his footwork and overall technique, Peat has the potential to play either RT or LT in the NFL. Coming from an excellent program, Peat is among this draft class’s most well-prepared, pro-ready offensive linemen.
4. OT La’ei Collins, who played for LSU, was once a favorite to be the first tackle taken in the 2015 draft. After less-than-stellar progression at the college level, though, Collins is now looking like at least a second-round pick. Collins will need a good showing at the Combine to show that he has what it takes to play LT with the big boys.
5. Florida OT D.J. Humphries is a solid player with desirable flexibility in the hips and knees. However, Humphries tends to rely on his almost super-human athleticism and nasty on-field demeanor instead of actually improving his skills and techniques. With a good coach and some motivation, Humprhies could become a starting LT in the NFL.
6. Ereck Flowers, OT for Miami, is 6’6, 320 pounds, but moves with a deceptive fluidity. Flowers has quick feet and loose hips, which allows him to scramble all over the gridiron. He’s also incredibly competitive, which is definitely a plus at the pro level. Flowers’s biggest issue is that he’s easily knocked asunder by smaller defenders due to his own poor balance. If that can be improved, Flowers may have a long NFL career ahead of him.
7. Texas A&M OT Cedric Ogbuehi has played multiple O-line positions, including RT, LT, and RG. One of Ogbuehi’s biggest upsides is his foot quickness; he also has the ability to easily adjust to a fast-paced pro offense. The downside? Ogbuehi isn’t nearly as strong as most NFL scouts would like him to be. If Ogbuehi’s willing to work hard to add core strength and hone his overall technique, he could be among the top offensive linemen taken on draft weekend.
8. Florida State C Cameron Erving has played at the position for just two seasons, but he’s spent some time on big stages during those years. Erving is naturally competitive and is a quick, willing learner, which will help him adjust to the NFL. All in all, every indication is that Erving will progress nicely at the C position as time goes by and he learns more about the nuances involved n offensive line play.
9. OG A.J. Cann, who played his college ball at South Carolina, is an excellent leader who rarely draws penalties on the field. Cann has natural upper-body strength and possesses good, consistent hands. Cann started all four years in college and shows the self-motivation it will take to improve his balance, which can be touchy at times, and make-it in the pros.
10. Florida State OG Tre’ Jackson is a three-year starter who played in a great college system. Jackson has excellent balance and strength, even in tough situations on the field. One of Jackson’s biggest issues is his weight; he has a flabby core that could ultimately affect his foot quickness. If Jackson is willing to commit to controlling his weight and staying in top condition, he could become a legitimate contender to start in the NFL.