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2024 NFL Scouting Combine Cheat Sheet: Offensive Line

Kingsley Suamataia of BYU
Kingsley Suamataia of BYU

Many analysts are excited about the group of offensive linemen in this draft, with potentially three tackles being selected in the Top 15 picks and several others worthy of first-round consideration. Here are some of the names you should know heading to Indianapolis.

Workout Warriors

These are the players who analysts expect to see perform best in the athletic testing portion of the workout:

Kingsley Suamataia (BYU) – When The Athletic's Bruce Feldman put out his annual Freaks List article last summer highlighting the top athletes in the entire college football landscape, the mammoth-sized tackle from BYU checked in at No. 3 overall on the list. Suamataia, an Oregon transfer who happens to be the cousin of Lions All-Pro right tackle Penei Sewell, checked in at 6-foot-4, 323 pounds last month at the Senior Bowl and was clocked at 21.5 miles per hour by the Cougars' training staff as a freshman back in 2022. Coaches told Feldman that he was faster than the linebackers on their team and that he was more athletic than former BYU tackle Blake Freeland, one of the Combine darlings a year ago at this time. Expect him to light up the board in the testing portion of the workout ... but also keep in mind that he will be just 21 years old when Training Camp opens this summer. Suamataia was a captain this year as a sophomore for BYU, and has starting experience at both tackle spots in his career. The arrow is pointing up.

Jackson Powers-Johnson (Oregon) – Powers-Johnson did not make Feldman's list last summer, coming off a season where he was a backup guard for the Ducks, but if he had gone back to school this season, he certainly would have made the list. Powers-Johnson was all over the field for the powerhouse Ducks offense, creating big plays in both the run game and in the screen game for Oregon playmakers because of his abilities in space. You can consistently find him downfield, latching onto defenders at the second and third levels as he races to the goal line as an escort. At the Senior Bowl last month, he also did one of the most athletic things I saw all week. Before practice, as he was working on QB-center exchanges, a trainer threw the ball back to him after a rep. The ball was sailing a few feet over his head, and Powers-Johnson leaped up and snatched the ball out of the air with his arms fully extended like a wideout catching a back-shoulder throw and coming down clean with the ball. It was effortless. That was a couple of days after checking in at 334 pounds. That's an athletic dude.

Tyler Guyton (Oklahoma) – Speaking of athletic dudes, Tyler Guyton checks in next on this list. A converted tight end who, like Powers-Johnson, only has one real season of starting experience, Guyton has some of the lightest feet in this tackle class. He glides in pass protection. He has outstanding range and is explosive out of his stance. He should shine in drills.

Troy Fautanu (Washington) – Fautanu got a side mention in Feldman's Freaks List last summer, with numbers that were above average (5.10 40-yard dash and 30-inch vertical jump) but not spectacular. That said, his tape shows an outstanding athlete who excels on the move. Fautanu, who spent most of his time at left tackle in college but who most analysts project to guard in the NFL, looks like one of the best athletes at the position based off film study.

Christian Haynes (UConn) – Haynes is another player who fell short of the Freaks List but, based off his tape, looks like a really impressive mover. A four-year starter at right guard for the Huskies, Haynes is explosive, long, and violent. He looked special as a puller when watching him this fall, delivering devastating blocks on the move with relative ease. He will look great in this environment.

Brandon Coleman (TCU) – Coleman was included on Feldman's list back in August, with a reported 35-inch vertical jump that would put him as one of the most explosive tackles to hit Indy in recent memory. That juice does show up on film with his ability to come off the ball both in pass protection and in the run game, with flashes of excellent power. He has dancing bear qualities with light feet and a 316-pound frame.

Will Kill the Drills

Coaches are looking to put stress on these big-bodied blockers, and one of the best ways to do that is to get them on the move. One of the best drills to accomplish that is the Wave Drill, which is done not only with the offensive linemen, but with the defensive linemen as well. Players will start laying on their stomachs before popping up and taking direction from a coach on moving forward, backward, left, or right as quickly as possible before finishing through the goal line in a sprint. Some things to watch during these drills:

• Players will try to get away with guessing when the coach is about to give the next direction, so expect to see the coach yell at a couple of the first prospects in line to not guess and to wait on their commands.

• This drill is great at pointing out players with great reaction quickness and twitch. How fast do the players respond and is there any wasted movement when they change direction? Then look for a strong, urgent finish to close out the rep!

Here are the players who have a chance to shine in these drills:

Graham Barton (Duke) – Barton is one of the cleanest prospects in this class. He is a college tackle who analysts project to the interior in the NFL, potentially even as a future center (he started his career there at Duke before shifting out to the blind side). He's really good on the move, and for an interior lineman, he'll have better feet than most in pass protection. He's tougher than a two-dollar steak; he had some outstanding finishes on tape. He missed some time this year but otherwise has been healthy throughout his career. That proven versatility is a huge boom as well. He should look good in drills.

Beaux Limmer (Arkansas) – Like Barton, Limmer is a versatile athlete up front who has played a little bit of everything. He got to the Razorbacks as an offensive tackle and has started games at all three interior spots throughout his career. He's athletic and really fast off the ball into contact. He can afford to get stronger, but that foot quickness should serve him well in these bag and redirect drills at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Kiran Amegadjie (Yale) – An injury cost Amegadjie not just the majority of his senior season, but a trip to the Senior Bowl as well. It would have been great to see him against a higher level of competition at an all-star game like that, but the tape does largely speak for itself. Amegadjie largely dominated the Ivy League the last two seasons. The film shows a really good athlete with light feet. He's never on the ground and is extremely nimble. While we didn't get to see him go against pro-caliber defensive linemen in Mobile, if he's able to work out side-by-side with his peers in Indy it could ease some of the concern with him going into the process. The film shows an impressive physical specimen.

Tylan Grable (UCF) – I am going off the radar a bit for this pick with Grable, who started 27 games the past two seasons at left tackle for the Knights as they transitioned to the Big 12. Before that, he played at Jacksonville State, where he actually arrived as a tight end after being a quarterback in high school. He saved his best season for last, putting some impressive things on film this past fall for UCF. He has the type of skill set that should look good in this drill.

West Virginia's Zach Frazier
West Virginia's Zach Frazier

Best Stories

All of these players have great stories to tell, but who has taken the most unique journey to get to this point?

Zach Frazier (West Virginia) – A four-year starter for West Virginia, Frazier had a storied career for the Mountaineers and has a really endearing profile. A four-time state champ as a high school wrestler who lost just two matches in his entire career (NFL personnel love linemen with wrestling backgrounds), anyone who gets around Frazier raves about him. Not only his coaches but also former teammates speak highly of him. Ex-WVU wideout Bryce Ford-Wheaton told me last year at the Combine that Frazier was the toughest, most physical player he ever saw.

That played out this fall in unfortunate fashion, but this tells you everything you need to know about him. Down by four points with just over 60 seconds left in the game and no timeouts, Frazier suffered a serious leg injury that would cost him the rest of his season. But instead of staying on the ground, costing his team a 10-second runoff, he gutted it out and labored his way to the sideline, willing his way out of bounds to keep precious seconds on the clock. Soon after, West Virginia scored the go-ahead touchdown, in large part due to Frazier's grit in a tough situation. Mere weeks after this injury, Frazier was on the sidelines at the Senior Bowl. While he didn't participate in practice, he put pads on and went through warmups with teammates in Mobile.

Cooper Beebe (Kansas State) – This one is just a celebration of a storied college career. Beebe was mentioned in "too early mock drafts" as far back as 2021, when he first made first-team All-Big 12 as a redshirt sophomore. The veteran exhausted all of his eligibility and was named a two-time All-American and two-time Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year. A former defensive tackle recruit who moved full-time to the offensive side when he arrived on campus, Beebe is a physical brawler who has starts at 4 of the 5 offensive line positions.

Zak Zinter (Michigan) – If you didn't know, the Michigan Wolverines won the National Championship this year, one year after having their offensive line win the Joe Moore Award as the best line group in the country. That has resulted in an astounding six (!) offensive linemen from the Wolverines getting invited to Indianapolis. Yes, that means one of their backups will be there in Indianapolis. Most view Zinter as the best of the bunch. A three-plus-year starter at right guard, he is tough, strong, and technically sound. Like Frazier, he suffered a year-ending leg injury late in the regular season, but he still figures to be one of the top guards off the board.

Fly Eagles Fly

How did the current Philadelphia Eagles perform out in Indianapolis? We'll take a look at one number or performance from the current depth chart that stood the test of time.

Cam Jurgens (Nebraska) – We know about the exploits of Eagles All-Pros Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson out in Indianapolis, as they were some of the top athletes to ever go to the event at their position. Well, Cam Jurgens was no slouch either back in 2022. The former Cornhusker posted a blazing 7.19 in the 3-cone drill, the fastest of any interior lineman drafted in the last decade. We've seen All-Pro receivers like DK Metcalf (7.23), Rookie of the Year winners such as Puka Nacua (7.32), and record-setting ballhawks like DaRon Bland (7.26) post worse times than that in recent years with much, much smaller frames.

Significant Stats

These are the players of note with a special statistic or measurement that sets them apart from their peers.

Joe Alt (Notre Dame) – As a precursor, let's acknowledge that offensive line metrics (as is the case with the defensive secondary), from any service, can be a bit wonky and require context. Setting that aside, there are still things that can be taken from them and they can help you tell a story, just like any statistic for any position. When you watch Alt, a potential Top 5 pick, on tape, you see an extremely well-rounded player, which is impressive given the fact that he had not played offensive line until arriving at Notre Dame. That versatile skill set plays out in the numbers as well, as he is the only tackle at the Combine to post a PFF grade of at least 86.0 as both a run blocker and pass blocker in 2023.

Olu Fashanu (Penn State) – Fashanu is seen as an outstanding pass protector. Not only does he have pretty good feet, but he's really strong and tough to move off of his spot when he drops his anchor. A two-year starter at left tackle for the Nittany Lions, the Maryland native did not allow a sack in more than 1,300 collegiate snaps with just 17 pressures in his career, according to PFF.

Taliese Fuaga (Oregon State) – Conversely, Fuaga is seen by analysts as maybe the best and most versatile run blocker in this class. The strong, powerful senior knows how to use his hands and has tackle-guard flexibility. Of all the tackles heading to Indianapolis, Fuaga had the highest run-blocking grade (91.7) from PFF this year, and he did that also without allowing a sack throughout his career as a 25-game starter for the Beavers.

Amarius Mims (Georgia) – The most impressive number with Mims? Eight. That's how many starts the former Bulldog has on his resume as he enters the NFL Draft. A career backup who entered the season as the starting right tackle, but missed a large chunk of the middle of the season after an ankle injury in September, Mims is a ginormous athlete with outstanding play strength. The traits are all outstanding, but he has played just 803 snaps in his career. Only one drafted tackle (not named Jordan Mailata) played fewer snaps as a collegian in the last 10 years, and that was James Hudson, who has turned into a reliable swing backup with the Cleveland Browns as a fourth-round pick a few years back. There's a leap of faith required with Mims, but the payoff could be bigger than his 6-foot-7, 340-pound frame.

Mr. Average

We get to read all about the measurements for all these players over the next few weeks ... but wouldn't it be nice to have some context? What is considered a "good" 40-yard dash time? What about arm length? The broad jump? Here's what the average player drafted at each position has looked like over the last decade (based on my own personal research).


Height: 6052 (6'5 1/4")

Weight: 311 pounds

Hand Size: 1000 (10")

Arm Length: 3400 (34")

Wingspan: 8158 (81 5/8")

Unofficial 40-Time (Stopwatch): 5.17 seconds

Official 40-Time (Laser): 5.21 seconds

10-Yard Split: 1.78 seconds

3-Cone Drill: 7.77 seconds

Short Shuttle: 4.72 seconds

Broad Jump: 107"

Vertical Jump: 29"


Height: 6035 (6'3 5/8")

Weight: 308 pounds

Hand Size: 1000 (10")

Arm Length: 3268 (32 3/4")

Wingspan: 7918 (79 1/8")

Unofficial 40-Time (Stopwatch): 5.19 seconds

Official 40-Time (Laser): 5.20 seconds

10-Yard Split: 1.77 seconds

3-Cone Drill: 7.72 seconds

Short Shuttle: 4.70 seconds

Broad Jump: 106"

Vertical Jump: 28.5"

The Rest of the Pack

Everyone else who will take part in the events in Indianapolis (in alphabetical order):

Isaiah Adams (Illinois), Gottlieb Ayedze (Maryland), Karsen Barnhart (Michigan), Keaton Bills (Utah), Tanor Bortolini (Wisconsin), Javion Cohen (Alabama), Andrew Coker (TCU), Frank Crum (Wyoming), Anim Dankwah (Howard), Ethan Driskell (Marshall), Kingsley Eguakun (Florida), Josiah Ezirim (Eastern Kentucky), Blake Fisher (Notre Dame), Jeremy Flax (Kentucky), Javon Foster (Missouri), X'Zauvea Gadlin (Liberty), Nick Gargiulo (South Carolina), Delmar Glaze (Maryland), Matt Goncalves (Pitt), Garret Greenfield (South Dakota State), CJ Hanson (Holy Cross), LaDarius Henderson (Michigan), Christian Jones (Texas), Matthew Jones (Ohio State), Trente Jones (Michigan), Trevor Keegan (Michigan), Jarrett Kingston (USC), Brady Latham (Arkansas), JC Latham (Alabama), Sataoa Laumea (Utah), Matt Lee (Miami), KT Leveston JR (Kansas State), Christian Mahogany (Boston College), Mason McCormick (South Dakota State), Dylan McMahon (NC State), Jacob Monk (Duke), Jordan Morgan (Arizona), Hunter Nourzad (Penn State), Drake Nugent (Michigan), Patrick Paul (Houston), Julian Pearl (Illinois), Prince Pines (Tulane), Dominick Puni (Kansas), Andrew Raym (Oklahoma), Layden Robinson (Texas A&M), Roger Rosengarten (Washington), Walter Rouse (Oklahoma), Nick Samac (Michigan State), Jalen Sundell (North Dakota State), Nathan Thomas (Louisiana), Charles Turner III (LSU), Sedrick Van Pran (Georgia), Caedan Wallace (Penn State)

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