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Winners and Losers among offensive linemen at the NFL Combine

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I don’t know about you guys, but l absolutely love the days of the NFL Combine where we can watch some of the largest humans on the planet run around and attempt to giddy-up with all that junk in their trunk.

This year’s crop of hog-mollies weren’t necessarily the most athletic group in recent years but there weren’t a ton of surprisingly un-athletic prospects, either.

In a draft where the Chargers could use another new face or two to reinforce their front five, it may be tough to land an instant-impact prospect outside of the first two rounds but there’s good news: this draft is so deep with talent around the Bolts’ defensive needs that they could absolutely wait into early day 3 and still come out with a high-upside player.

So in a position group that didn’t offer a ton of “wow”, here are my Winners and Losers from Friday’s workouts.

Winners

Garrett Bradbury - C - North Carolina State

The consensus top center in the class, Bradbury is an elite combination of size. speed, and quickness. His 4.92 forty was good for third among offensive linemen while his 34 reps on the bench press were good for second.

His lower-body explosion numbers (31 in. vert, 104 in. broad) translate from his film which should have NFL teams salivating at the chance to grab the next uber-athlete at the pivot.

Chris Lindstrom - OG - Boston College

Lindstrom has been a big hit since the Senior Bowl when him and Dalton Risner of Kansas State became bros and started hooting and hollering their way through drills and team sessions, quickly becoming fan-favorites.

The former-Eagle posted the second-fastest forty by an offensive linemen and exhibited the excellent movement skills that have made him one of the top offensive guards in this class.

His 4.91 was behind only Texas A&M’s Erik McCoy (4.89) and his 117 in. vertical jump was second only to Washington State’s Andre Dillard.

Andre Dillard - OT - Washington State

My personal favorite player at the position this year, Dillard came in a took care of business.

At a hair under 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds, Dillard was one of four offensive linemen to run a sub-5.0 forty time, joining Bradbury, Lindstrom, and the aformentioned McCoy.

His 4.96 was fourth-best while the fleet-footed tackle notched the furthest broad jump among the group at 118 inches.

Dillard is far and away the best and most naturl pass protector in this class. While I was in Mobile, it was oh-so apparent and the biggest reason why I have coveted Dillard for the Chargers over last few months.

Losers

Greg Little - OT - Ole Miss

As a former five-star recruit in high school, Little chose Ole Miss and went on to start most of the games during his three years in Oxford. On film, Little is a mammoth of a man with some unrealistically light feet and some real power behind his paws when he decides to deliver a blow to unsuspecting defenders.

Listed by the team at 320+, Little came into the combine at 310 pounds, likely to help his chances of running faster and jumping higher.

This was not the case.

Aside from his broad jump, which was sixth-best among OL at 113 inches, his forty time was second-worst among his position (5.33) while his vertical of 25 inches was “good” or third-worst. For a guy billed to be a potential first round pick, with all the fundamental shortcomings he has at the position, I’m not sure anyone takes a stab at Little on day one anymore.

David Edwards - OT - Wisconsin

As a former quarterback in high-school who was initially committed to Wisconsin as a tight end recruit, I expected Edwards to test somewhere among the top of his peers but that just wasn’t the case for the former-Badger.

His 5.28 forty, vertical jump (25.5 in.), and his broad (99 in.) were all near the bottom of the position group and this had to be quite the surprise for the 6-foot-6, 308-pound tackle who some deemed to be one of the more athletic offensive linemen in the entire class.

On the plus side, Edwards did look natural during field drills which, at the end of the day, may be what saves his draft stock.