Workouts for the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine kicked off today as the offensive linemen and tight ends took to the field at Lucas Oil Stadium to perform for future employers. Unlike previous drafts, no player ran exceptionally fast though there were some solid performances. Here are the risers and sliders from the day one at the Combine ...
T Jake Fisher, Oregon: Fisher was the biggest winner from the offensive line group Friday morning. He was surprisingly athletic, posting a 40-yard dash time near five seconds flat as well as a short shuttle mark of 4.33 seconds, one of the best from the offensive line group. Later, he looked smooth moving around the field and showed terrific balance and body control.
T Mitch Morse, Missouri: Morse was another who surprised scouts with his athleticism. His 36 reps on the bench was the top mark from the offensive linemen. Morse showed quick, smooth footwork during drills and quelled some of the concerns surrounding his ability to hold down the left tackle position.
G Jamil Douglas, Arizona State: Douglas was another who impressed scouts with a combination of athleticism and power. His time in the 40-yard dash (5.25) included a 10-yard split of 1.70-seconds, one on the best from the offensive line group. Douglas was quick and explosive in all the drills and showed great power in the bag drills.
G Ali Marpet, Hobart: Marpet continues to build on the momentum he started at the Senior Bowl and further improved his draft stock Friday. His 5-flat time in the 40 was the fastest of any offensive lineman and Marpet also turned in one of the better 10-yard splits. His times of 7.33 seconds in the cone and 4.47 seconds in the shuttle also ranked in the top five. Marpet once again impressed scouts during position drills and continued his assault up draft boards.
OL Cameron Erving, Florida State: Erving stood out at both center and tackle. He showed solid footwork in pass protection drills and looked smooth moving on his feet after snapping the ball. Erving's 30 reps on the bench and his broad jump of 9-8 were impressive.
T D.J. Humphries, Florida: The junior left tackle did nothing to diminish his rising draft stock. He posted 26 reps on the bench, not a great number but a solid mark for a blocker whose strength has been knocked. Humphries later looked good clocking near 5.10 in the 40-yard dash and posting solid shuttle/3-cone times. He looked athletic during drills, displaying quick feet and easy movement skills.
TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota: Williams stood out amongst a bunch of disappointing tight ends. Though he ran a pedestrian 4.8 in the 40-yard dash, Williams practiced significantly faster. He caught the deep pass well, looking natural grabbing the ball from the air. His results in the vertical jump, broad jump and short shuttle ranked amongst the best in the tight end group.
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C B.J. Finney, Kansas State: After looking dominant during the Shrine Game, Finney looked sloppy and pedestrian at the Combine. He looked poorly conditioned, was slow afoot and showed poor footwork in pass protection drills.
T Rob Crisp, N.C. State: Crisp looked slow and sluggish from the get-go. His testing marks were solid but during drills Crisp looked heavy footed and struggled moving around the field.