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Observations From On-Field Workouts On Day 4

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 27, 2010 – 2:07 pm

Groups 1-3 have concluded their on-field workouts on Saturday and there are several players and even a position group that stood out among observers. NFL personnel guru Gil Brandt penned a blog entry on NFL.com suggesting that this year’s class of offensive linemen might be the best ever.

Brandt cites an uncanny combination of size and speed – as well as the fact that 26 of 26 players worked out – as reasons he deemed this group’s performance so far at the Combine as “sensational.”

“If you can’t find an offensive lineman in this draft,” Brandt says, “you might never do it.”

A few TEs impressed as well, most notably Pitt’s Dorin Dickerson (4.4 forty-yard dash) and of course Oklahoma’s Jermaine Gresham (widely considered the best TE prospect in the class). But Miami’s Jimmy Graham, who ran a 4.56 dash, and Oregon’s Ed Dickson, who ran a 4.67, may also be catching the attention of teams as well.

Last, but certainly not least, a couple of individuals put up sensational numbers during their workouts today. They were Maryland OT Bruce Campbell and LSU returner Trindon Holliday. Campbell, who stands at 6-6, 314 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.85 seconds and then bench pressed 225 pounds 34 times. Holliday was impressive as well, registering a 40 time of 4.32 seconds.

Today was interesting for me because it was the first day of on-field workouts and I spent a couple of hours inside the stadium observing, rather than hunkering down in the media center with the coaches, GMs and players. I was up in the Vikings suite for a while (every NFL team has a suite at this event) watching the OL and TEs go through the 40-yard dash and position specific drills. I also stood and watched the NFL Network Total Access crew of host Rich Eisen and analysts Charles Davis, Jamie Dukes and Mike Mayock do their thing as they carried live coverage of the Combine.

Tonight I’ll be swinging by the Vikings team interview room to check out how things operate while teams are interviewing the players. I won’t be able to share any details from those meetings but I’m looking forward to the experience.

That’s it for now on Day 4, but be sure to stick with vikings.com for comprehensive coverage of the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine.


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