Saturday marked the first day of actual on-field action at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. The offensive linemen and tight ends went through the various workout stations, while the defensive linemen hit the media room for interviews.
Some of the highlights from the workout action:
- Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan was the day's big winner. He topped all linemen with an official 4.87 in the 40-yard dash, and his broad jump (9'9") also ruled the day. In addition, he came across as affable and engaging in his on-camera interviews.
- North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron impressed. His official 4.60 40 time was a little disappointing after being unofficially clocked as low as 4.49, but it's still quite impressive. He looked very fluid and natural in movement drills as well.
- Michael Sam, the openly gay Missouri defensive end, did his widely anticipated interview and handled himself with an easy dignity. It was widely received as being very well-done, and it further raises the point that he shouldn't have a lot of issues dealing with teammates.
- Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla had a mixed bag of a day in the first time we've seen him since his arrest on cocaine charges. Lyerla ran an official 4.61 40 and led all tight ends with in the broad jump (10'8") and vertical jump (36.5"). His 15 bench press reps were tied for the lowest, however, and he was quite shaky and slow in the gauntlet drill, where every throw he actually caught got into his body instead of being cleanly caught with his hands.
- Two of the top tight ends, Troy Niklas from Notre Dame and Austin Seferian-Jenkins from Washington, did not participate in workouts.
Sunday brings defensive line workouts, and that means Jadeveon Clowney time. Enjoy!