I spent a part of the early morning here on Day 3 of the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine watching the offensive linemen run the 40-yard dash and a couple of thoughts crossed my mind…
– The 40-yard dash is a standard test at the Combine and obviously its purpose is to help gauge an individuals straight away and high end speed. But when you think about it, there might not be any other position where straight line speed at a length of 40 yards means less than offensive line. When do you ever see an offensive linemen run 40 yards in a straight line? About the only time you see that is when Adrian Peterson is breaking away on a long TD run and the line is chasing him down the field to celebrate in the endzone.
But even given that, there is a practical reason for the coaches and scouts to time the offensive linemen in the 40-yard dash. It’s called the splits. There are stations set up at the 10-yard marker and the 20-yard marker of the 40-yard dash, and the purpose of those stations is to time each player to gauge quickness and speed in a smaller area. This is much more practical in assessing offensive linemen.
– On Friday the offensive linemen and TEs did the bench press. Syracuse C Ryan Bartholomew topped all lineman with 34 reps of the 225-pound bench press. For TEs, Michigan State’s Charlie Gantt and Tennessee’s Luke Stocker both recorded 27 reps.
UPDATE: Bartholomew continues to impress today by registering the top 40-yard dash time so far at 4.89 seconds.
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