The NFL Scouting Combine ended today with defensive back workouts. Now, many a football prospect has been measured, worked out, and interviewed. There is a good chance every single player the Lions will draft in 2012 will have been at the Combine. As such, the performances of these players is at least worth noting. Obviously, and has been stated many times over by people such as me, the Combine isn’t the most important thing. Game film will tell a more relevant tale. However, information and work outs that come out of this event certainly are worth paying attention to. You can check out ESPN.com’s Insider coverage of the Combine for further reading, but here are my thoughts on some of the players on offense based on their performance at the Combine.
While quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers get most of the coverage, I was most interested in how offensive linemen were doing. There is a good chance the Lions take an offensive lineman in the first round, be it a guard or a tackle. While guys like Matt Kalil and David DeCastro had impressive workouts, they aren’t going to be there for Detroit. A name that has often been bandied about for the Lions, on the other hand, is Cordy Glenn. Glenn came in sixth in the 40-yard dash, and he was tied for eights on the bench press with 31 reps. For a guy that is 6’5” and weighs 345 pounds, that is notable. He didn’t do well at the jumping events, but that doesn’t concern me too much. So far, everything I have heard and seen of Glenn makes me think he is a worthwhile selection for Detroit in the first round.
For a later round pick, they could consider center David Molk out of Michigan. He won the 2011 Rimington Trophy for the top center in college football, and he had the most reps amongst offensive linemen with 41. Considering that Dominic Raiola is getting up there in years, Molk could be worth taking to be the future at center for the Lions. Mike Adams, and now Jonathan Martin, are now also possibilities for the Lions in the first round, but neither particularly stuck out at the Combine.
Of course, it is possible the Lions could spend a pick on a running back or wide receiver. In fact, I think a running back in the middle rounds in quite likely. If the Lions go that route, they will probably want a back that is similar to Jahvid Best, so they have a speed guy for if (when?) Best gets hurt. The top 40-time went to Lamar Miller for Miami, but he’s a likely first round. Tied for second were Ronnie Hillman from SDSU and LaMichael James from Oregon. James is a notable name from college football, of course, but he is also a slight running back. He’s 5’8” and 194 pounds. That being said, if he was there in the third round, I wouldn’t mind Detroit taking him, and if they took a Hillman or Chris Rainey on day three, I’d be OK with that as well. If they want a strong running back, Doug Martin and Robert Turbin tied for the most bench press reps, and they both did well in other events as well. Both are good running backs, and would be worth a middle of the Draft pick.
Those are the performances from offensive players I feel are worth noting, but you can find all the results online if you would like to peruse them. Later this week, I will look at notable defensive performers, with cornerback being a position I feel needs particularly close inspection, because if the Lions don’t take an offensive lineman in round one I think they’ll take a cornerback. We are now about two months from the NFL Draft, and we are getting more and more information. Don’t let yourself fall out of the loop.