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Andre Dillard, Erik McCoy, Justice Hill Highlight Key Combine Takeaways from Day 1

Washington State offensive lineman Andre Dillard runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Friday, March 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Washington State offensive lineman Andre Dillard runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Friday, March 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Fastest: 4.89 C/G Erik McCoy,Texas A&M

Highest: 36.0 T Joshua Miles, Morgan State

Most Reps: 39 T Iosua Opeta, Weber State

-Tackle Andre Dillard impressed with his measurables and on-field testing on Friday morning. It was enough to garner ‘top 15 pick’ praise from draft analysts Rich Eisen and Daniel Jeremiah. In a defense-heavy draft with an offensive line class that is largely thought to be pretty shallow, that’s saying something. Dillard had the fourth-best 40 time of all O-linemen with a 4.96 – only him, centers Garrett Bradbury and Chris Lindstrom and tackle Erik McCoy were sub-five. Dillard had a 9’10” broad jump and was touted as the best pass-protecting left tackle in the draft by Jeremiah after watching his quick feet in change of direction drills.

-At 6’4, 303 pounds, former Texas A&M center Erik McCoy ran a 4.89 40-yard dash. That was enough to grab the attention of a lot of media types, catapulting him into the conversation with the best centers in the draft.

-A player who tested extremely well was Iosua Opeta out of Weber St. For a guy that has a 50/50 chance to be an NFL starter according to his NFL.com draft grade, he posted the most reps on the bench press of any offensive linemen with 39 and had the fifth-best 40 time with a 5.02. He also had a 33-inch vertical when he’s already 6’4 and 301 pounds. So, there’s that.

View photos of the top performing offensive line prospects at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.

RUNNING BACKS

Fastest: 4.38 Mike Weber, Ohio State

Highest: 40.0 Justice Hill, Oklahoma State

Most Reps: 34 Alex Barnes, Kansas State

-Ryquell Armstead is a smaller school guy out of Temple but I first took notice of him at the Senior Bowl, putting him on my players to watch for today because of his physicality. He didn’t disappoint. He recorded the second-fastest 40-yard dash time for running backs with a solid 4.45, taking long strides as he blistered down the track. He was also a ‘top performer’ in almost every other major category. That physicality had him tied for sixth in the bench press with 22 reps.

-Bucs fans who went to Florida already know Jordan Scarlett, but now the rest of the NFL world does, too. He had the third-fasted 40 time with 4.47, tied with Mike Weber out of Ohio State. He was also a top performer in the bench press and three-cone drill. During change of direction drills, he looked extremely fluid, earning the praise of NFL veteran Steve Smith who was on the field with NFL Network as a commentator.

-Not only did Justice Hill out of Oklahoma State own the top spot in the 40-yard dash with an even 4.4, he rounded that out with the top rankings in the vertical jump (40”) and the broad jump (10’10”). Suffice to say, the guy is ATHLETIC, and looked good during the actual running back drills on the field. Rich Eisen watched his 4.4 40-yard dash incredulously, knowing that he had just recorded a 40” vertical prior.

View top photos of the top performing running backs at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.

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