The first day of the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine featured offensive lineman and tight end prospects.
Offensive Line Outlook
USC left tackle Matt Kalil weighed in at 6 foot 7 306 pounds. Kalil did 30 bench press reps and ran an official 40 time in under 5 seconds. Kalil was only one of two offensive lineman to accomplish this.
Kalil is an elite blindside protector. USC only allowed 8 sacks last season which was fewest in the nation. Kalil did not allow a single sack.
Kalil can play left tackle, right tackle, left guard, right guard, or center. The last offensive lineman I said this about was Maurkice Pouncey back in 2010. Pouncey’s primary position was center. Like Pouncey, Kalil should play his primary position left tackle in the NFL.
Matt Kalil has cemented his status as the 3rd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Vikings should take Matt Kalil if the Browns trade up for Robert Griffin III.
Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff can play left tackle, right tackle, or left guard as a last resort. Reiff looks like he should be the 6th overall pick. Reiff would likely serve as a bookend to Trent Williams on the Washington Redskins offensive line at right tackle.
Stanford right guard David DeCastro dominated on the bench press. David DeCastro can pass block or run block. DeCastro is the complete package at right guard. I will be mocking him in the top 10 overall in my next 7 round mock after the 2012 NFL Combine.
Jonathan Martin did not work out at the NFL Combine. He claimed he was sick with food poisoning. Martin should still go 13th overall to the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals need a left tackle so they can move Levy Brown to right tackle.
Back in May, I liked Martin so much, that I thought he could end up surpassing Matt Kalil as the top offensive tackle. I still like Martin even though more begin to grow concerned about Jonathan Martin.
Georgia offensive tackle/guard Cordy Glenn is a guard who can move to a run blocking right tackle role. Glenn would be better at guard. Glenn ran a 5.15 40 time weighing in at 345 pounds and did 31 reps on the bench press.
The Cincinnati Bengals, San Diego Chargers, Chicago Bears, and Tennessee Titans will all give Cordy Glenn looks between picks 17-21. The Bengals pick at 21 overall.
Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams played left tackle at Ohio State. Adams was a great, but not elite left tackle prospect when I watched his 2011 Ohio State tape after the suspension. Adams dominated the Senior Bowl convincing me he could play left tackle.
Adams weighed in at 6 foot 8 323 pounds at the NFL Combine. Mike Adams is an amazing run blocker, but he only put up 19 reps on the bench press at the Combine and ran a 5.4 40 time which was disappointing compared to the other 40 times that Matt Kalil and Riley Reiff. Kalil ran a 4.99 40 with Reiff running a 5.23 40 time. Cordy Glenn weighed 345 and ran a 5.15 40 time. Adams combine was sort of a let down.
The Rams seem contempt with Roger Saffold and Jason Smith at offensive tackle. It seems like the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers may both be in the market for Mike Adams because both teams could add upgrades at offensive tackle. Detroit will probably draft the best player available and Pittsburgh may pass on Adams even if he slips to their hand at #24 overall. Pittsburgh’s scout did not seem impressed with Mike Adams at the NFL Combine. I think Pittsburgh will keep examining their options at the NFL Combine.
Peter Konz was considered a 1st round prospect at center. Konz really struggled at the combine. Konz is now listed as a 2nd round talent. I originally thought Kevin Zeitler would go higher than Peter Konz. I moved Konz back ahead of Zeitler after watching the Rose Bowl tape. Zeitler is now ranked higher than Konz.
Zeitler can play left guard, center, or right guard on an interior offensive line. Zeitler lined up at right guard for Wisconsin. Zeitler is considered a 2nd round talent.
Zetiler and Konz are both 2nd round talents for Wisconsin. Both interior offensive lineman are the top 2 prospects after Georgia guard Cordy Glenn.
Auburn offensive tackle Brandon Mosley played right tackle in 2010 when Cam Newton was a junior redshirt. Mosley moved to left tackle and really excelled at Auburn in 2011. Mosley ran a 5.21 40 and did 30 reps on the bench press. Mosley was a 2nd to 3rd round pick. Mosley may have cemented his status as a top 50 pick with his combine performance.
Brandon Washington is 6 foot 3 320 pounds. Washington ran a 5.25 40 time and did 28 reps on the bench press. Washington can play anywhere at offensive tackle or guard.
Florida State offensive tackles Andrew Datko and Zebrie Sanders are both 2nd round offensive tackle prospects.
Kelechi Osmele is an offensive tackle/guard who played left tackle at Iowa State. Osmele was supposed to weigh in at 6 foot 5 340 pounds. Osmele weighed in at 6 foot 6 333 pounds. Osmele looks like a guard only. Osmele may struggle at offensive tackle, but he could develop into a pro bowl guard. Someone may reach for Osmele late in round 2.
Georgia center Ben Jones is arguably the top center in this NFL Draft after Peter Konz. Jones is a 3rd round talent that is being graded out as a late 2nd round prospect.
After these offensive lineman there is a huge drop off in talent at offensive line. There are still good value picks on day 3 of the NFL Draft.
Most of the high profile offensive line prospects are going to be day 2 picks. So here is a list of 5 day 3 sleepers.
The left tackle sleeper has to be Illinois left tackle Jeff Allen. Allen is a left tackle only that did a great job run blocking for Mikel Leshoure a 2011 NFL Draft prospect. Allen can also be a great pass blocker. Allen provides tremendous value in round 4.
Johnnie Troutman may have poor footwork to pass block running a 5.67 40 time at the Combine. Troutman has the necessary skill set to be a pro bowl caliber run blocking left guard in the NFL. Troutman has 33 1/2 inch Arms and bench pressed 31 reps.
Troutman has to be inserted into a run blocking scheme at left guard. Plugging Troutman into any other scenario only hurts his chances to succeed.
Michael Brewster was once a highly touted center prospect. A poor game against Michigan, a poor bowl game, along with a poor Senior Bowl dropped Brewster to round 4. Brewster will provide good value in round 4 of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Quentin Saulsberry can play left guard, center, or right guard on the interior offensive line. Saulsberry was a center at Mississippi State. Saulsberry struggling at the Combine may indicate that Saulsberry is a more natural fit for a guard role. Saulsberry is a great value pick at right guard in round 5.
The right tackle, I really like is Bobbie Massie. Massie has the skill set to become an elite right tackle. Massie may be a right tackle only, but you have to like his skill set when it comes to run blocking. Massie was one of the maulers on the Ole Miss offensive line in 2011.
Overall, the 2012 Draft is stacked at offensive line. I would give the 2012 NFL Draft a 5 star grade out of 5 stars when evaluating the overall value of offensive lineman in this draft class. This draft has 5 different offensive lineman that could go in round 1 along with more offensive line prospects in the later rounds.
Tight End Outlook
This tight end core is the weakest class in years. That hurts NFL teams in 2012 because now NFL teams want to start incorporating more two tight end sets into their system thanks to the New England Patriots success with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
Dwayne Allen was the one tight end that I thought was a first round prospect. I had Allen penciled in at 32 overall to the New York Giants in my last mock draft. Allen ran a 4.89 40 time and did 27 reps on the bench press. Allen has the hands to be a natural catching tight end. There were some plays where Allen did not get in position to make the catch because the quarterback overthrew it. Allen displayed impressive route running, but needs to tune the speed to his game.
The one tight end that propelled up my draft board is UCLA tight end Cory Harkey. Harkey is a 6 foot 4 260 pound blocking tight end from UCLA that may just be the best blocking tight end in this entire draft. Harkey dominated the catching drills at tight end on Saturday. Surprisingly enough, Harkey made a big move up my draft boards and became the #2 tight end behind Clemson’s Dwayne Allen.
Stanford tight end Coby Fleener had a chance to run the 40 yard dash and opted not to. Another tight end that chose to skip their 40 time was Georgia’s Orson Charles. Charles was 6 foot 2 231 pounds. Charles put on 20 pounds and bench pressed 35 times at tight end despite struggling in the catching drills at the combine.
A tight end that worked up to the #5 tight end on our draft board is Missouri tight end Michael Egnew. Egnew had a fantastic day at the Combine yesterday.
One sleeper to watch for is DeAngelo Peterson. Peterson can run block or pass block plus he ran a solid 40 time. Peterson could be an NFL starter if he improves his hands and route running.
Overall, this tight end group gets a 1 star out of 5. This is the weakest tight end group I’ve seen in years.