The tight ends and and offensive linemen were on the field Saturday (26 February 2011) going through various drills, getting measured, jumping and running.
Offensive Linemen: OT Nate Solder looks the part, tall at 6' 8" 319 pounds, he plays high and needs to do a better job anchoring against the bull rush, but the former tight end has excellent feet and power. Solder ran the 40 yard dash in 5.05 seconds, recorded a 32 inch vertical jump, 9' 2" in the broad jump and 7.44 seconds in the 3-cone. His best event however was his time of 4.34 seconds in the 20 yard shuttle which was the second best time among offensive lineman.
Boston College OT Anthony Castonzo weighed in at 6' 7" 311 pounds and looked to be in great shape, he looked good in drills and excelled in the 3-cone and 20 yard shuttle. He had the second best 3-cone at 7.25 and the 3rd best 20 yard shuttle at 4.40. Neither have particularly long arms Castonzo (34.5) or Solder (35.5) for their height and neither did well in the bench press. Solder only completed 21 reps. Both tackles however will be top 20 selections in the 2011 NFL Draft, both players are tall and will be projects, and they will both need to play with a lower pad level, get stronger and bend their knees better to be top notch NFL stars.
Three more offensive lineman stood out to me at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine, two are household names and one unknown. Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi weighed in at 6' 7" 314 pounds and displayed excellent power in the bench press, vertical jump and broad jump. Carimi ran a 5.27 in the forty, 29 reps in the bench press and had the 5th best broad jump at 9' 1". USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith is a former tight end, he weighed in at 6' 5" 307 pounds, has huge 11 inch hands and a long wingspan with 36 3/8" arms. Smith completed an impressive 29 reps in the bench, but didn't run due to some swelling in his knee. Smith will reportedly do a complete workout during USCs pro day on March 30th 2011. The workout warrior from the offensive linemen at the 2011 Scouting Combine was Syracuse Center Ryan Bartholomew. He is a little Small at 6' 1" 302 pounds, but he had the best performance in the bench press (34) and second best in the 40 yard dash (4.97). Bartholomew also looked quick in the 20 yard shuttle with a time of 4.62 seconds.
Check back later, I'll be posting updates throughout the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.