At offensive tackle, BYU might have a potential riser after his performance at the Scouting Combine. Blake Freeland set all-time records (since 2003) at the vertical for a player at his height and weight at 6’8″ and 302 lbs.
The senior had a good showing at the Senior Bowl and posted elite or at least top-five numbers in the class with the other testing events. He had a 10-yard split of 1.68 (top five all-time), a top three all-time broad jump at 10’0″, and a 3-cone of 7.46 (top four in the class) as a potential day two or three player that is rising up draft boards.
Dawand Jones of Ohio State might not be a first-rounder, but he probably will be taken on day two.
At the Senior Bowl, at 6’8″ and 374 lbs., Jones measured in with the longest wingspan at 89.5 inches, and at the Scouting Combine, was recorded to be the biggest player out of all positions in this year’s class at the combine.
The massive offensive tackle ran a 5.35 40-yard dash, which is good for his size and length, as he also measured with 36 3/8” arms. Those physical traits alone could help his chances of being taken earlier if teams think they can develop him further as a potential starter.
Broderick Johnson of Georgia tested as one of the better athletes in this class and most likely raised his draft stock even more, as he should be a first-rounder along with the likes of Northwestern’s Peter Skoronski and Ohio State’s Paris Johnson.
For day two offensive tackle prospects, Anton Harrison out of Oklahoma also tested well, as he joins the likes of Syracuse’s Matthew Bergeron, North Dakota State’s Cody Mauch, and Tennessee’s Darnell Wright. NFL Mock’s Hunter Haas scouted Wright and sees him as an early day two selection.
At the interior offensive line positions, the top prospects as potential first-round selections include offensive guard O’Cyrus Torrence out of Florida and center John Michael Schmitz out of Minnesota.
At guard, TCU’s Steve Avila should hear his name called on day two of the draft, as the centers’ Joe Tippmann out of Wisconsin and Luke Wypler out of Ohio State should be taken around that range.
Guards that stood out with their testing at Scouting Combine as late day two-early day three prospects include UCLA’s Jon Gaines II and USC’s Andrew Vorhees for two completely different reasons. Gaines had top scores in the 20-yard shuttle (4.45 seconds) and 3-cone (7.31 seconds), along with top five scores for the rest of the athletic testing.
Vorhees tore his ACL during the drills at the Scouting Combine, yet came back to do the bench press and did more than the rest of the class at 38 reps. That is toughness like no other.
In terms of talent, running backs that can catch the ball highlight this group, as the position is trending more toward ball carriers that can do different things to stay on the field. This running back class has more quality depth than previous years, and it starts with a first-round lock essentially.