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NFL Combine 2012 Recap: Day 1 2/23

Posted by James Rowe on February 23, 2012 – 6:32 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft


OL and TE Preview and Weigh In’s

USC OT Matt Kalil headlines the group today here day 1 at the combine, and he did not disappoint coming in at 6’6 306lbs, with 34 1/2in arm span. Kalil should workout fine, and in my mind is a lock to go in the top 3 picks in the draft. Stanford OG David DeCastro is my next rated offensive linemen, and he showed up today at 6’4 316lbs and 32 3/8in arm span. DeCastro should go in the top 15 in April, and expect him to be an All-Pro player for a good amount of his career. Iowa OT Riley Reiff has gotten top 10 buzz as of late, and he backed that up showing up 6’5 313lbs with 33 1/4 arm span. Reiff can play LT and RT in the NFL, and I think teams like the Dolphins, Chiefs and Cardinals could all be good landing spots for him in the 1st round. Ohio State OT Mike Adams was impressive today at the weigh in’s, coming in at 6’7 323lbs and 34in arm span. Adams stock has also been on the rise as of late, and if Reiff goes in the top 10 expect Adams to potentially hear his name called in the 12-18 area.

Stanford OT Jonathan Martin has seen his stock go down, but that could change since he did come in heavier than expected at 6’5 312lbs with 34in arm span. I still think Martin could move inside early in his career, but if he can get stronger he should be able to handle pass rushers at OT in his prime. Wisconsin C Peter Konz has been a favorite of mine as of late, and he checked in at 6’5 314lbs with 34in arm span. Konz has outstanding size for Center, and I think he might be the next Nick Mangold type prospect. My sleeper offensive linemen in this draft is Florida State OT Andrew Datko. Datko was thought of as a possible 1st round pick early on in the draft proccess, but was injured and has seen his stock drop into the 3rd round range. Datko has great size at 6’6 315lbs and 33 7/8in arm span, and could be a possibe mid round starter if he ends up in the right situation.

Stanford TE Coby Fleener and Clemson TE Dwayne Allen headline this year’s TE class, and both are aiming their sights on maybe being a late 1st round/early 2nd round pick once the workouts are completed. Fleener comes in at 6’6 247lbs and I’m sure a team will try to make him into the next Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham type TE prospect in their offense. Allen is a tad shorter at 6’3 255lbs, but I think he has just as much potential as Fleener in the NFL and reminds me of how Antonio Gates has played the past 2 seasons. Another TE prospect that has chance to go day 2 of the draft is Georgia TE Orson Charles. Charles has average size TE at 6’2 251lbs, but is able to use his speed to get open against LB’s . He needs to improve his run blocking though, and I think that will cause him to likely to be a 3rd round pick.

Louisiana-Lafayette TE Ladarius Green is my favorite small school TE, and he reported at the combine listed at 6’6 238lbs. Green is a terrific athlete and I could see him be drafted anywhere from the 3rd-5th round. Another mid round TE prospect I like is USC TE Rhett Ellison. Ellison didn’t put up good numbers while at USC, but is known for being an athlectic player that needs to be coached up. Ellison could go from 4th -6th round, and could develop into a starter down the line.

Other Notable Prospect Weigh In’s:

OT Cordy Glenn Georgia 6’5 345lbs 35 3/4in Stock: Rising 1st Round

OG Kevin Zeitler Wisconsin 6’3 314lbs 32 3/4in Stock: Steady Late 1st Round

OG Brandon Washington Miami 6’3 320lbs 33in Stock: Steady 2nd Round

OT Zebrie Sanders Florida State 6’6 320lbs 35in Stock: Declining 2nd Round

C Ben Jones Georgia 6’2 303lbs 32 1/2 in Stock: Rising 3rd Round

C Michael Brewster Ohio State 6’2 312lbs 31 1/2in Stock: Declining 4th Round

TE Michael Egnew Missouri 6’5 252lbs Stock: Steady 4th Round

TE DeAngelo Peterson LSU 6’3 243lbs Stock: Declining 6th Round

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