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2020 NFL Scouting Combine Tracker: Offensive Line, Running Backs

There were some eye-popping performances from the big men and ground players on Friday night. Here are a few you need to know about.

Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton runs the 40-yard dash during the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 in Indianapolis. (Ben Liebenberg/NFL)

The big men were up first as the offensive linemen took to the field for drills. They were followed by the running backs. Both groups had some of the on-field tests switched up on them and it made for some interesting obstacles. Friday night was the second night of on-field drills and the last of the offensive players before defense gets their moment to shine on Saturday and Sunday.

Here are some major takeaways from each of the two groups and notable performances.

View pictures from the RB, OL, PK, and Special Teams groups at the 2020 NFL Combine.

Offensive Line

This was probably one of the most anticipated groups of all at this year's Combine. The offensive line class is thought to be pretty deep, though there are four major tackles that everyone was anxious to see perform. They wouldn't have to wait long to see just how fast Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton moved. He clocked a 5.10 40-yard dash at 6-7, 364 pounds. What's more, is he made it look pretty darn easy.

Not to be outdone, though, Iowa's Tristan Wirfs probably put together one of the best all-around Combine performances at his position in recent memory. He ran an inconceivable 4.85 40-yard dash while setting Combine records in the vertical jump (36.5) and broad jump (121.0) for offensive linemen.

Though those were the two major stories, the others of the 'Big Four,' Georgia's Andrew Thomas and Alabama's Jedrick Wills both had extremely solid performances. So much so that all four of them may have upped themselves on the draft board – which would be bad news for the Bucs, who seem to be in the market for an offensive lineman but don't pick until No. 14.

See below for more notable big-men performances.

40-yard Dash:

-Tristan Wirfs, Iowa: 4.85 (1)

-Jedrick Wills, Alabama: 5.05

-Austin Jackson, USC: 5.07

-Mekhi Becton, Louisville: 5.10

-Andrew Thomas, Georgia: 5.22

Bench Press:

-Netane Muti, Fresno State: 44 (1)

-Ezra Cleveland, Boise State: 30

-Matt Peart, UConn: 26

-Josh Jones, Houston: 24

-Tristan Wirfs, Iowa: 24


-Tristan Wirfs, Iowa: 36.5 (1)*

-Jedrick Wills, Alabama: 34.5

-Austin Jackson, USC: 31.0

-Andrew Thomas, Georgia: 30.5

-Matt Peart, UConn: 30.0

Broad Jump:

-Tristan Wirfs, Iowa: 121.0 (1)*

-Alex Taylor, South Carolina St: 116.0

-Jack Driscoll, Auburn: 114.0

-Andrew Thomas, Georgia: 109.0

-Nick Harris, Washington: 103.0


-Ezra Cleveland, Boise State: 7.26 (1)

-Andrew Thomas, Georgia: 7.58

-Tristan Wirfs, Iowa: 7.65

-Cesar Ruiz, Michigan: 7.91

-Tyre Phillips, Miss. St: 8.17

*denotes Combine record

Running Backs

The running backs got to show of both their speed and quickness, thanks to a new drill called the 'Duce Staley' drill in which the former Philadelphia Eagle ran himself. Though, after the drill was over, there was a Twitter petition to include Florida State's Cam Akers to the name of it after how fluidly and easily he mastered it. Akers' had an extremely good overall performance but it was Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor who may have stole the show.

Taylor ran a 4.39 40-yard dash, the best of the backs, and better than guys like Julio Jones, OBJ and DeAndre Hopkins, while showing off his ball skills and shiftiness in on-field drills.

See below for more great performances from the group.

40-yard Dash:

-Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin: 4.39 (1)

-Raymond Calais, Lousiana-Lafayette: 4.42

-Cam Akers, FSU: 4.47

-D'Andre Swift, Georgia: 4.48

-Joshua Kelley, UCLA: 4.49

-Eno Benjamin, ASU: 4.57

Bench Press:

-Scottie Phillips, Ole Miss: 29 (1)

-Benny LeMay, Charlotte: 24

-J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State: 23

-Joshua Kelley, UCLA: 23

-Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin: 17


-A.J. Dillon, Boston College: 41.0 (1)

-Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU: 39.5

-Rico Dowdle, South Carolina: 38.0

-Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin: 36.0

-Cam Akers, FSU: 35.5

Broad Jump:

-A.J. Dillon, Boston College: 131.0 (1)

-Rico Dowdle, South Carolina: 127.0

-Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU: 123.0

-Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin: 123.0

-Eno Benjamin, ASU: 122.0


-Joshua Kelley, UCLA: 6.95 (1)

-Eno Benjamin, ASU: 6.97

-Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin: 7.01

-La'Mical Perine, Florida: 7.13

-Tony Jones, Notre Dame: 7.18

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