The NFL Combine is starting, and the most popular even (the 40-yard dash) is always one of the most scrutinized events even for OL. For example, last year Chance Warmack ran a 5.49 in the 40-yard dash and the media was on his back until draft day about it. In fact, some people think that the Combine was when teams started seriously considering Jonathan Cooper to be a potentially better guard than Warmack all due to his athleticism.
So who are the winners and losers of the NFL Combine right now?
Taylor Lewan OT, Michigan- Currently, Lewan is winning the battle between the top OTs at the combine. HIs 6'7" frame and 4.85 speed have given him a nice edge.If he can interview well and convince teams that he won't make any bonehead decisions off the field, he could have made some money today.
Greg Robinson OT, Auburn- If Lewan has the gold medal so far, then Robinson has the silver. Robinson has looked very fit for his weight, and managed to put up a 4.88 in the 40-yard dash despite being 332 lb.
Antonio Richardson OT, Tennessee- Someone is going to fall in love with Tiny based off of what he has done at the NFL combine. Despite having massive 35" arms, Richardson managed to throw up 225 lb. 36 times on the bench press. That is a huge number, and it was second most of all the offensive linemen.
Xavier Su'a-Filo OT/OG, UCLA- I am a big Su'a-Filo fan, and I think he could even play right tackle in the NFL. Measuring in a 6'4" and running a 4.90 40-time will look good in the eyes of scouts and if he continues to have a good combine he might be a top day two pick.
Cyrus Kouandjio OT, Alabama- Not a great start for CK. While he did measure well, a tackle running a 5.53 in the 40-yard dash is pretty discouraging. Teams like to see athleticism from people they expect to line up on the outside of the offensive line, and while he and Lewan were neck-and-neck for the third OT spot, he may now be down to number five behind Zack Martin from Notre Dame.
Travis Swanson C, Arkansas- Swanson is lucky that CK bombed like he did, or else more eyes would be on him. His 5.16 40-time and his 20-reps on the bench were vastly underwhelming. Swanson needs to have great medical reports, interviews, and positional drills if he is going to compete for/stay the top center in this draft.