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Week 1: Patriots at Dolphins
The testing for the NFL Combine got underway Saturday with the Offensive Linemen and Tight Ends taking center stage. The Miami Dolphins in particular, have interest in the offensive lineman, as the Dolphins are in dire need along the offensive line.
I can start off by saying that the consensus 3 top offensive lineman, OLT Jake Matthews of Texas A&M, OLT Greg Robinson of Auburn and OLT Taylor Lewan of Michigan all did very well at the combine on Saturday. Robinson and Lewan ran sub 5.0 40 and Matthews ran a 5.07. Robinson did 32 reps on the bench while Lewan did 29 and Matthews came in at 24. In the 3-cone drill, Robinson ran a 7.87, Lewan ran a 7.39 and Matthews ran a 7.34. In the 20 yard shuttle, Jake Matthews had the best time of 4.47, followed by Taylor Lewan at 4.49 and Greg Robinson ran a 4.86.
I think it safe to say that none of these kids will make it to Miami at #19, and the young man that I had mocked to Miami, Lewan, looked the best of the trio, as he looked very good in the drills as well. If Miami wants to get any of the kids mentioned, they will have to trade up.
A young man that is also a major consideration is OLT/OLG Zack Martin of Notre Dame. He did 29 reps in the bench and ran a 7.65 in the 3-cone drill. He did not run the 40 due to a minor injury. Martin has the ability to play all 5 positions on the offensive line and Mike Mayock thinks Martin can be an All-Pro OG. Plenty of people believe he can also be a top flight OLT, something the Dolphins desperately need. Also, Martin ran a 4.59 in the 20 yard shuttle.
At Offensive Guard, Stanford David Yankey is considered the top OG in the draft along with Xavier Su'a Filo of UCLA, Gabe Jackson of Mississippi State, Cyril Richardson of Baylor and Dakota Dozier of Furman. Filo had the best 40 time of 5.04 and did 25 reps on the bench press. Gabe Jackson was the best in the bench press with 30 reps, and ran a 5.51 40. Yankey did 22 reps on the bench and ran a 5.48 40. The 20 yard shuttle run is more of what you want to look at for OL personnel, and Filo had the best time of 4.44. Gabe Jackson was next at 4.78 followed by Cyril Richardson at 4.83, David Yankey at 4.86 and Dakota Dozier came in at 4.89.
The Tight Ends worked out on Saturday as well, and Eric Ebron of North Carolina, Jace Amaro of Texas Tech and Austin-Seferian-Jenkins, considered the top 3 tight ends of this draft were on hand. Ebron had the top 40 time at 4.6 followed by Amaro at 4.74, while Jenkins did not participate in the 40. Amaro did 28 reps in the bench press followed by Ebron at 24 and Jenkins did 20 reps.
Today you have the quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers that are working out today, and on Monday you have the defensive line and linebackers and Tuesday, the last day, you have the defensive backs. Next Sunday I will look at kids that I believe the Dolphins could potentially target and how they did at the combine.