Who impressed at the NFL Scouting Combine? Who had a disappointing showing? Find out Pewter Report's analysis of the draft prospects in Indianapolis.
The annual NFL Scouting Combine is under way in Indianapolis, IN. On Saturday the offensive line and tight ends worked out. Pewter Report highlights the impressive and disappointing performers. NFL Network provided the following stats regarding the players.WHO IMPRESSED
Maryland offensive tackle Bruce Campbell (6-6, 314)
Campbell had a jaw-dropping 40-yard dash time with a mark of 4.85. It is rare for offensive linemen to crack the 5.0 mark, and the average last year was 5.3. Campbell also had a very good showing on the bench press with 34 reps. That was very impressive considering that Campbell has long arms (36 ¼ inches), which make bench pressing more difficult. An important aspect of the combine for Campbell was the medical tests performed by team doctors. Campbell had a few injuries in college, and will have to satisfy teams medical reviews. Campbell was a fringe first-round pick by many draft analysts, but his combine performance could cause his draft stock to rise dramatically.
Oklahoma State offensive tackle Russell Okung (6-5, 307)
The top rated offensive linemen in this year's draft had a very solid showing at Indianapolis. Okung had some consistent 40-yard dashes times at 5.17. Okung powered through 38 reps on the bench press, which was second among offensive linemen. Only Arkansas' Mitch Petrus had more at 45. Okung had a pulled muscle that prevented him from finishing the workout, but he still had a good combine. The impressive combine performance by Okung could affect the Buccaneers first-round selection. The Lions pick in front of Tampa Bay with the second overall selection, and Detroit could use a left tackle to protect 2009 first-overall pick quarterback Matthew Stafford. If the Lions deem Okung worthy of the second pick it could allow Tampa Bay to select either Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh or Oklahoma's Gerald McCoy.
Oklahoma offensive tackle Trent Williams (6-5, 315)
Campbell wasn't the only offensive tackle to wow observers with some surprising speed and athleticism. Williams had a 40-yard dash time of 4.88. The Sooners product did not perform as well when he played left tackle, but was a dominant right tackle in college. Williams surprised many when he returned to college for his senior season. Williams is the top right tackle prospect in the draft, and is projected to go in the first-round. Right tackles are typically slower than left tackles, so Williams' speed is very impressive.BYU tight end Dennis Pitta (6-4, 245)
Pitta had the second best showing among tight ends with 27 reps on the bench press. At BYU Pitta was a receiving tight end that was often split wide from the offensive line. The strength that Pitta displayed on the bench press will help teams that had concerns about Pitta having the strength to block in the tackle box. In the NFL Pitta still projects as a pass-catching tight end. He displayed good speed for a tight end in his 40-yard dash when he ran it in 4.63 seconds. Pitta looked very good in the passing catching drills, and he has some of the best hands in this year's draft class. In college he was similar to Colts' tight end Dallas Clark, and Pitta should benefit from the success of smaller but effective pass receiving tight ends like Clark or Tampa Bay's Kellen Winslow. Pittsburgh tight end Dorin Dickerson (6-4, 226)
Dickerson produced the best running time when he blazed a 4.4 40-yard dash. He had 24 reps on the bench press, which was fourth best among tight ends. That was impressive considering most of the tight ends weigh 20 to 30 pounds heavier. The strength will also help ease fears about Dickerson having the strength to be a contributor as a blocker. Dickerson looked very strong in receiving drills, and those skills are going to lead to him being a receiving tight end at the next level.
Rutgers offensive tackle Anthony Davis (6-5, 323)
Davis entered the NFL Scouting Combine as a first-round pick, and possible high first-rounder. Davis disappointed many with a 40-yard dash time of 5.38. Not only did Davis have a slow 40-yard dash time, he didn't perform well on the bench press with 21 repetitions. Davis is a good run blocker, but he has more questions to answer. Davis had a reputation of taking plays off, and having concerns about his work ethic. With a slow 40 time and a poor showing on the bench press Davis won't erase the work ethic criticism. Davis performance in the team interview sessions will be as important as his workout on the field.
Oregon tight end Ed Dickson (6-4, 249)
The Oregon product had an excellent Senior Bowl, but he was unable to follow up on that at the scouting combine. It started out well when Dickson ran the 40-yard dash at 4.66 seconds, a solid time for a tight end. Plus, Dickson was fifth in the bench press with 23 reps. However, Dickson struggled in the pass receiving drills. He did not show off the natural pass catching ability that he put on display at Mobile. Dickson lost his footing while running the gauntlet drill, and promptly dropped a pass. Dickson had another bad dropped pass later in the drills. It was a rough day for Dickson, who normally has good hands.
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