The on-field drills kicked off the start of the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine testing portion. A position that is seen as one of the biggest strengths in the upcoming draft class, the offensive line, did not disappoint. There were plenty of notable names that lived up to the hype, while there were some others that left plenty to be desired exiting Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday.
Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
Dillard has been lauded for his pass protection abilities and his athleticism throughout the pre-draft process. His footwork and quick twitch for an offensive lineman looked unique from his counterparts. An athletic left tackle, Dillard’s mobility was glorified.
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Recording a 4.99 official 40-yard dash and a 4.40 20-yard shuttle time helped Dillard finish atop the class. It was easy to see why he has been labeled as smooth and the best pass protecting tackle of the group. With his natural feet and athleticism, Dillard may pick up steam as a potential top-15 selection because of his projection to step in right away as a blindside protector.
Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State
Bradbury’s star continued to shine brightly, and he built off of his momentum from the Senior Bowl in Mobile. There were legitimate concerns about his size and if he had the girth to hold up at the next level, but after measuring at 6-2 7/8, 306 pounds, with 31 3/4-inch arms, and putting up 34 repetitions on the bench press, he quieted all of the concerns that some evaluators had about him. During the mirror drill, Bradbury showed outstanding lateral agility and the mobility to keep his shoulders square to the “rabbit”, which is the offensive lineman that he was mirroring.
The reigning Rimington Award winner showed that he has the height, weight, and athleticism combination to match his soaring stock. Prior to the Combine, Bradbury was widely viewed as one of the top interior offensive linemen of this crop. The former N.C. State center did everything in his power to continue to improve his stock. Teams that are heavy zone scheme oriented should have Bradbury high up on their board, and leaving Indianapolis, Bradbury cemented himself as the top center prospect of the class. Bradbury has entrenched himself as a potential day one selection who provides value as a plug-and-play option at the center of a team’s core up front.
Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College
A starter in 48 of 50 career games, the buzz surrounding Lindstrom is sky high. After an impressive Senior Bowl, his stock began to rise. The former first-team All-ACC selection proved to be every bit as talented as previously believed. Running a 4.91 40-yard dash time helped his cause, as some believed that he was a gap scheme only type of offensive lineman due to the scheme that he played at Boston College. His drill session did not disappoint, as he showed plenty of pop on the hand shields and hip flexibility throughout.
Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
It was only for a brief moment, and he did not take part in any of the testing, but we got a small sample size during drills of just how fluid Taylor is. Showing off rapid and quick feet and effortless lateral agility, it’s easy to see why so many are excited about the outlook of the former Gator.
Jawaan Taylor’s feet are outstanding. pic.twitter.com/2nM66tXxab
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Coming into the Combine even slimmer than his listed weight of 328, Taylor measured at 6-5, 312, with an impressive 84 6/8 wingspan. Monstrous measurements for an offensive tackle that’s steadily climbing the draft board. There’s plenty of steam that Taylor could enter the top-10 conversation as we get closer to April.
Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Widely seen as the top overall offensive line prospect of the class regardless of position, Williams didn’t test as well as others in this class, but during the on-field drills, he reminded everyone why he’s been the anchor of the Crimson Tide front during his 42-game career. Looking fluid and sudden in his pass sets while also showing adequate technique. There was plenty of force behind the upswing of his base while still attacking the hand shield with brute strength and enthusiasm.
Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
After showing glimpses of athleticism throughout his tape, Little didn’t show those same types of violent movements in his pass sets or during the mirror drill. Labeled as a massive project, his conditioning looked to be a bit lacking, and he was struggling to maintain throughout drills. Already with a large draft range disparity among scouts coming into the event, he did little to sway the opinion of critics.
Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
Cajuste seemed to be laboring a bit during drills that he did perform in. He proved to be fully healthy during the 2018 season, but the medical portion of the event was huge for him, as he’s had back-to-back knee surgeries in 2015 and 2016. After a successful final season, Cajuste didn’t stick out as much as imagined.
Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
Steady was the best way to describe Risner’s Combine performance. It wasn’t anything to gush over, but he also didn’t do anything to hurt himself on Friday. His 5.30 40-time was expected, as he was already seen as a prospect who may have to slide inside to guard or center, both of which he has experience playing during his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Phil Haynes, G, Wake Forest
Haynes remains one of the biggest sleepers in this draft class. The former high school basketball player showed off some of that quickness and power that he had. Finishing with 33 bench press reps, power is a trait that Haynes hangs his hat on, and those numbers firmly back that up. The former Demon Deacon interior lineman could be an intriguing option during the early portions of day three.
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