Offensive linemen and linebackers underwent testing during the third day of the NFL Combine on Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Here are five notable performances.
▪ G/C Ali Marpet, Hobart: Marpet ran a 4.98-second 40-yard dash, the fastest among all offensive linemen. Combined with his strong interviews (he has a definite presence) and size (6-3 7/8) and 307 pounds, Marpet will win over NFL scouts despite his small-school roots.
▪ TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota: Ran a 4.78-second 40-yard dash, the third-best time among all tight ends behind MyCole Pruitt of Southern Illinois (4.58) and Wes Saxton of South Alabama (4.65). That’s not blazing speed, but it was a tick higher than Miami’s Clive Walford (4.79). He also posted top marks in the vertical jump (34.5 inches), broad jump (117 inches) and 20-yard shuttle (4.37 seconds)
▪ TE MyCole Pruitt, Southern Illinois: Checks in at 6 feet 2 and 251 pounds, and his 40-yard dash time (4.58), vertical jump (38 inches), broad jump (118 inches), 20-yard shuttle (4.37 seconds) and 60-yard shuttle (11.85 seconds) were all among the top five marks at his position. Combined with his impressive production — 81 catches, 861 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014 — Pruitt is somebody to keep an eye on.
▪ T Jake Fisher, Oregon: Fisher checked in at 6 feet 6 and 306 pounds, and has average arm length for the position (33 3/4 inches). He showed off good athleticism overall, rating as a top performer at his position in the 40-yard dash (5.01 seconds), vertical jump (32.5 inches), three-cone drill (7.25 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (4.33 seconds), which could solidify his status as a second-round pick.
▪ T Brandon Scherff, Iowa: Scherff only performed two tests, the 40-yard dash (5.05) and bench press (23 reps), and didn’t finish offensive line drills because of a hamstring injury. His bench opened some eyes — it was tied for 24th among 37 linemen, a surprising number for a weight-room star — but don’t worry about that too much. Scherff’s tape shows an aggressive run blocker who generates power from his legs. His bench has nothing to do with that.