This is the 2016 NFL Combine Weigh-In Analysis for the offensive linemen. Follow @walterfootball for updates.
2016 NFL Combine: Weigh-In Analysis - Offensive Linemen By Charlie Campbell - @draftcampbell
In early January, sources with the Titans have told me that they would like to trade down, but Ole Miss left tackle Laremy Tunsil is their Plan B at the No. 1-overall pick. Tunsil looked the part of a franchise left tackle at 6-foot-5, 310 pounds with 34.25-inch arms. All of those numbers are right in line with being a left tackle in the NFL. Thus, Tunsil's combine is off to a good start by hitting all the numbers he needed to.
Similarly, Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley showed the size to be a starting left tackle. At 6-foot-6, 312 pounds with 35.63-inch arms, Stanley is slightly bigger than Tunsil. Some coaches don't want their left tackle above 6-foot-5, but plenty of others aren't opposed to it. Some teams believe there are really only two sure-fire left tackles in this draft with Tunsil and Stanley. Stanley's weigh-in didn't set off any alarms.
Some teams feel that Michigan State left tackle Jack Conklin would be better off at right tackle or guard in the NFL. Conklin checked in at 6-foot-5, 308 pounds with 35-inch arms. That is versatile size that could allow Conklin to fit at either tackle or guard position.
Like Conklin, some teams believe that Ohio State left tackle Taylor Decker would be better off at right tackle. Decker (6-7, 310) gave some credence to that belief at the weigh-in. He is tall for a left tackle and had shorter arms (33.75) than teams like to see on their left tackle. Decker is a bit of anomaly for an offensive tackle with tall height and short arms.
LSU guard/tackle Vadal Alexander continues to trim weight off his frame. At the Senior Bowl, Alexander weighed in at 336 pounds. Sources said that Alexander had clearly dropped pounds from when they scouted him on campus during the fall. Alexander (6-5) has continued his weight-loss program, dropping 10 pounds in the month since Senior Bowl and weighing 326 pounds in Indianapolis. The lesser weight should help Alexander in the field drills and also helps to address the weight concerns that sources told me about in the fall.
Arkansas guard/tackle Denver Kirkland (6-4, 335) was the heaviest offensive lineman at the combine. He has quality length in his arms (34.63), but at his weight, Kirkland looks like a better fit to move inside to guard for the NFL.
There are some pundits who believe that Alabama center Ryan Kelly is the best center in the 2016 NFL Draft. His weigh-in was solid, but off compared to his listed numbers. Kelly (6-4, 311) was an inch shorter and almost 15 pounds heavier than where the Crimson Tide had him. Kelly's arm length of 33.63 inches isn't a problem for an interior blocker. It was good seeing Kelly over 300 pounds while being an inch shorter isn't significant.
Michigan State center Jack Allen (6-1, 294) lost three pounds since the Senior Bowl, and that made him the lightest offensive lineman at the Combine. Allen had an underwhelming week in Mobile and needs a strong day in the field work in Indianapolis, especially after checking in undersized.
One offensive lineman who helped himself at the weigh-in was USC center Max Tuerk. The Trojans standout was listed at 6-foot-6, 285 pounds, and that is very light for a NFL blocker. At the combine, Tuerk's weight was better than expected with measurements of 6-foot-5, 298 pounds. On the negative side, Tuerk has short arms (32.5). He played some tackle at USC, but with arms that short, he will have to stay on the inside as a professional.
Texas A&M right tackle Germain Ifedi was another player who stood out positively at the weigh-in. Ifedi was 6-foot-6, 324 pounds with 36-inch arms. He has a good skill set and could be a star of the field work at the combine. If that happens, there could be more suggestions and projections of Ifedi moving to left tackle in the NFL.
The longest arms of any of the offensive tackles came from Texas Tech's Le'Raven Clark at 36.25. Clark (6-5, 316) was one of the stars of the Senior Bowl weigh-in as well. In Mobile, Clark had an up-and-down week. Sources say they love the athletic potential that Clark has but he needs a lot of work on his technique. Clark has the athleticism to be a combine star in the field work.