The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine is now fully underway and draft hopefuls have begun their workouts in an attempt to impress scouts and NFL executives and bolster their draft stock. Certain prospects have shined early in the event and could begin to rise up draft boards.
The draft will continue to be a fluid process and these players must take every advantage to showcase their abilities in front of all 32 NFL teams. The combine is one of the biggest measuring grounds for prospects during draft season.
Let's take a look at early players who appear to be rising up draft boards during the combine's early workouts on Saturday.
Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Already one of the draft's top prospects at offensive tackle, Robinson continued to prove why he is so highly regarded on Saturday.
Robinson ran a 4.84-second 40-yard dash, which is a blazing speed for a big offensive tackle. He has impressive speed and measurables, standing at 6'5" and weighing 332 pounds. He also has an impressive 35-inch wingspan.
Not only was Robinson's 40 time impressive, but his raw strength was on display, as the former Auburn standout ripped off 32 reps on the bench press.
Matt Miller was so impressed with Robinson's workout that he tweeted a possible shift to the top offensive tackle prospect in the 2014 draft:
Feeling really good about having Robinson > Matthews right now. He's raw, but you see the athletic potential that has many excited.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 22, 2014
If Robinson can deliver solid interviews, he could very well find himself as a top-10 pick in May.
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Lewan is one of the most experienced offensive tackles in this year's draft. He was a four-year starter at Michigan against some stout Big 10 defensive fronts.
He has impressive measurables, standing at 6'7" with a 33 7/8-inch wingspan and weighing 309 pounds. Despite being known as a powerful tackle, he showed a great amount of speed on Saturday, running the 40-yard dash in 4.85 seconds.
Speaking of power, however, he flourished in that department once again, tallying 29 reps on the bench press.
He also showed his athleticism with a fantastic vertical jump, according to a tweet from Josh Katzenstein:
Michigan OT Taylor Lewan had a 29-inch vertical, per @JoshNorris, higher than Jake Matthews (28.5) and Greg Robinson (27.5).— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) February 22, 2014
There are still some character concerns surrounding Lewan. Although, if he can say all the right things during team interviews, he should find himself in favorable position for the 2014 NFL draft.
Brandon Thomas, OT, Clemson
Thomas is not as highly touted of a prospect as the two aforementioned athletes; however, he certainly helped his case to close the gap on Saturday.
At 6'3" and 317 pounds with a 34 3/4-inch wingspan, Thomas may be better suited to play guard in the NFL. However, due to his arm length, he will still be able to slide back outside in a pinch.
He ran a 4.97-second 40-yard dash, which isn't an incredible number; although, his raw strength was on display, as he rattled off 35 reps on the bench press.
Louis Riddick and Matt Miller briefly tweeted about the possibility of Thomas being the best guard prospect in the draft:
@LRiddickESPN Might be the best OG in the class if he moves there.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 22, 2014
If that's the case, there is a possibility that he could slide into the late first round if he continues to showcase impressive workouts and interviews as the draft process continues.
There are plenty more prospects in other positions who are set to showcase their abilities just as these three players did on Saturday.
As stated before, the draft is a fluid process and there will certainly be plenty more movement on draft boards as the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine continues.
The tight ends will work out Saturday afternoon, followed by skill positions on Sunday, defensive lineman and linebackers on Monday and, finally, defensive backs on Tuesday.
All draft prospect workout results and measurements courtesy of NFL.com.