The NFL Scouting Combine got underway on Friday. The offensive lineman were one of three positions to start the wave of on-field workouts.
Among those showcasing their physical talents were Michigan’s Graham Glasgow and Michigan State’s Jack Conklin and Jack Allen. Conklin is expected to be drafted in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft, while Glasgow and Allen could be picked up on day three of the draft, along with Western Michigan’s Willie Beavers.
Glasgow had a lot to prove coming into the Combine. In addition to his on-field skills, he also had to answer plenty of questions to the media regarding his checkered past with alcohol-related incidents.
Conklin made the bold and probably smart move on his part to forego his senior year and declare for the NFL Draft while his stock as a pro-ready offensive tackle is sky-high.
Allen is coming in with a chip on his shoulder. No surprise there, considering that his Spartans were perpetual underdogs during his four years under center. Checking in at 6-foot-1 and 294 pounds, Allen is the shortest and lightest offensive lineman prospect.
Beavers has been a brick wall for the Broncos over his career. He’s started 40 straight games on his quarterback’s blind side, earning first-team All-MAC honors this past season. He fits the bill in terms of size at 6-foot-4, 324 pounds.
All four participated in the various workouts at the Combine in Indianapolis. Conklin ran the fastest 40-yard time among the names listed above at five seconds even. Conklin’s time was good for fourth overall among all offensive lineman at the Combine. Glasgow posted a 5.13 time, which was good for ninth overall. Beavers ran a 5.28 and Allen was just .01 behind him.
Indiana’s Jason Spriggs recorded the fastest 40-time at 4.94 seconds. Spriggs also lead the way in the broad jump at 115 inches.
Conklin lead our group of Michigan-based offensive lineman prospects in the bench press department, he had 25 reps at 225 pounds. Allen and Glasgow both had 23 and Beavers recorded 20.
The Detroit Lions seem to always be in need of help in the trenches, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Some believe that drafting Conklin could be a good fit.