Stanford standout guard David DeCastro (6-4, 316) impressed at the Combine just like he did on Saturdays throughout his collegiate career. DeCastro had a 40 time of 5.43 seconds and a 10-yard split at 1.82. He was very strong with and fluid in the field drills. He is a natural knee-bender, and his technique is phenomenal. DeCastro was athletic in all of the drills and made them look easy. DeCastro confirmed his high first-round grade in his Combine performance .
Ohio State center Mike Brewster had a 10-yard split of 1.76 seconds and ran the 40 in 5.35 seconds. That is a very quick time for a center. Brewster did not look very good in the field drills, however. He was reaching at times and will need some work on his technique in the NFL. Brewster's overall Combine performance was rather average.
Iowa guard Adam Gettis had a blistering time of 1.65 in the 10-yard split and an unofficial 40 time of 4.91. That was the fastest time of the offensive linemen in the first group. Gettis also performed well in the vertical jump (31.5) and broad jump (9'4). He was the workout warrior of the offensive linemen. In the field drills, Gettis showed some flaws in his technique, but overall he helped get some attention with his standout performance at the Combine.
Georgia guard/tackle Cordy Glenn had an excellent 40 time of 5.15 and 1.76 in the 10-yard split. Considering that he weighs 345 pounds, his 40 time is extremely impressive. On the field, Glenn was solid, but still has some room for improvement. Specifically, his footwork needs to get better and quicker for NFL pass-rushers. Overall, Glenn confirmed his stock as a pick in the 20-40 range.
Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams had a 40 time of 5.4. He did reasonably well in the on-field drills, but NFL Network drat gurus Mike Mayock and Charles Davis were laying into Adams for his weak bench press total (19) and questioned his lack of weight-room dedication during his five-game suspension to open the 2011 season. Adams surely has been grilled by teams in the interviews. He has a good shot of being a first-round pick because of the demand at left tackle, but Adams has some clear red flags attached to his draft stock.
Baylor center Philip Blake had a good day. He needed it after a moderately disappointing bench press performance on Friday (22 reps). Blake had a good 40 time of 5.09 and looked quick in the field drills. He was athletic and moved well with good knee bend. Blake's Combine should hold him steady as a mid-round pick.
Illinois offensive tackle Jeff Allen had a good day. He looked fluid in the field drills with natural knee bend. Allen had a respectable 26 reps on the bench press and ran the 40 in 5.28 seconds. He is a sleeper prospect who could be a good value pick.
The top-rated offensive linemen in the 2012 NFL Draft, USC left tackle Matt Kalil, started his day with a 40 time of 4.99 and a 10-yard split of 1.70. He showed his speed by topping 20 MPH during his sprint.
Iowa left tackle Riley Reiff is the consensus second-rated tackle in the 2012 NFL Draft class. He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.23 seconds with a 10-yard split of 1.71. Those are quality times for him. Reiff moved well during the field drills. He was fluid with proper knee bend, and he is clearly a technician who has been well coached. Reiff (6-5, 313) had a solid overall Combine.
Iowa State guard/tackle Kelechi Osemele had a quality time of 5.36 seconds in the 40 yard dash despite being 6-foot-6, 333-pounds. Osemele is a power blocker with good length. He had the longest arms of any offensive linemen at the Combine. He should be impressing teams that are looking for a power blocker.
Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin (6-5, 312) did not participate in the field drills, the bench press or the 40-yard dash. It is disappointing, as the other top offensive tackles, Matt Kalil and Riley Reiff, performed in every drill. Martin cited being sick with food poisoning as the reason for him to pass on participating at the Combine.
Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler did well in the field drills. He obviously comes into the league well coached on his technique. Zeitler (6-3, 314) had an average 40 time at 5.39 with 1.75 in the 10-yard split. A solid Combine should help him after a so-so Senior Bowl.
A sleeper offensive lineman is Rutgers guard Desmond Wynn (6-6, 303). He ran the 40 in 5.05 seconds flat. He is a quality athlete and could be a good value pick in the mid to late rounds.
2012 NFL Combine: Workout Recap - Tight Ends
Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen (6-3, 255) recorded a disappointing 40-yard dash time of 4.89 seconds with a 10-yard split of 1.66. That is not a good time for a receiving tight end. Allen was shorter than the average on the broad jump, and he was toward the back of the pack in the vertical jump. However, he showed his good receiving ability in the on field workouts. He had a beautiful sideline catch, and was natural in catching the ball with his hands.
Georgia tight end Orson Charles decided not to run the 40-yard dash, and that could have sent a bad signal to NFL teams like he was ducking the sprint. To make it more damning, Charles didn't have an injury and it was his decision not to run. He participated in the receiving drills, but inexplicably screwed up the gauntlet drill and didn't run it correctly. He later had a bad drop, and ran an ugly route or two.
Charles (6-2, 251) was an inch shorter and 10 pounds heavier than his listed weight in college. He showed off the added bulk with 35 reps on the bench press, which was by far the most of any tight end and a staggering number. If Charles ran well at the Combine he could have really put a charge into his draft stock, but his mental lapses and unwillingness to run the 40 offset his progress.
Stanford tight end Coby Fleener (6-6, 247) didn't run at the Combine because of an ankle injury. His 10-inch hands were the third largest of any of the tight ends. Fleener had 27 reps on the bench press, and that tied Allen for second among tight ends.
Missouri tight end Michael Egnew looked slow in games the past couple of seasons, but he blazed a fast 40 time of 4.62 seconds with a 10-yard split of 1.57. Egnew performed pretty well in the field drills, and looked better at the Combine than he did as a senior.
A good athlete in the tight end class is LSU's Deangelo Peterson. He produced a quality 40 time of 4.76 seconds. Peterson (6-3, 243) has a plus skill set and is a solid blocker, but he does not have good hands. He doesn't have natural receiving skills and looks like a limited prospect.
Oklahoma tight end James Hanna had an eye-popping 4.49 40-yard dash time. Unfortunately for Hanna, he had some bad drops in the pass receiving drills. After that, he came back to look natural in the gauntlet drill and had some other nice catches in the receiving drills. Overall, Hanna probably helped himself on Saturday.
Temple tight end Evan Rodriguez had a strong time of 4.58 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Rodriguez was dependable in the receiving drills. He is a sleeper tight end who could be a nice addition on the third day of the 2012 NFL Draft.
I'll admit I was as shocked as everyone on draft night. It took me a dew days to regain my senses and delve into what Pace actually did this off-season. This rant basically mirrors my sentiments exactly. Time will tell if this was a genius move by Pace or not, but you have to give him credit for being ballsy and aggressive.