The next position group that will be going under the proverbial microscope is the offensive line. Unlike the last position group, ILB’s, where only two players got combine invites so most of their data was from pro-days, most of our offensive lineman were invited to the combine. Here’s their comparative data:
Keep in mind that many offensive lineman didn’t start doing the quickness drills until some time around 2010 so the data is limited.
What can we learn from this data?
Garrett Bolles, Ty Sambrailo and Matt Paradis are extremely quick. Bolles had the fifth best 3-cone time for an offensive tackle in combine history. Matt Paradis’ had the 19th best 20-yd shuttle time among centers in combine history (admittedly only 136 centers have done the drill at the combine). Ty is well above average. For all offensive lineman the average on the 20-yd shuttle is 4.74s and the average on the 3-cone is 7.87s.
Justin Murray, Donald Stephenson and Garrett Bolles are all straight-line fast. That’s not all the meaningful for their functions as offensive lineman.
From a pure athleticism standpoint, Connor McGovern is the most athletic. He has the highest explosion number [bench + vertical + broad jump (in feet)]
|Bolles, Garett||OT||6/5||297||25||no bench|
|Schofield, Michael||T||6/6||301||26||no bench|
|Wilkinson, Elijah||OL||6/6||329||22||no vert, no bj|
Menelik Watson had a horrible day at the combine and then chose to NOT redo his drills at the FSU pro-day. By all accounts he is very quick, but he did terribly on the 3-cone and the 20-yd shuttle. I would not put much credence in his apparent lack of quickness. I don’t know what to make of his poor showing on the bench (19 reps) and his poor vertical (24.5”).
Donald Stephenson has a really powerful lower body. For a 310 lb man to have a 35.5” vertical is quite impressive. In fact his vertical is the 10th best for all offensive lineman in the history of the combine. The best vertical from an offensive lineman in the history of the combine was 37.5” (Ben Miller, Air Force, 2002). Miller only weighed in a 263 lbs though, so it makes his vertical less impressive than a man who is 50 lbs heavier jumping almost as high.
Chris Muller is very powerful but appears to have slow feet (based upon his 3-cone and his 20-yd shuttle).
Did anything here jump out to you?
Which fringe offensive lineman will make the final 53?
This poll is closed
None of them will
Billy Turner (he played in games for us in 2016)
More than one will make the final 53