Russell Bodine NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Bengals C

Alex Dunlap@AlexDunlapNFLContributor IMarch 24, 2014

North Carolina's Russell Bodine (60) blocks for quarterback Byrn Renner (2) during the first half of a NCAA college football game in Miami, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
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Russell Bodine, C, North Carolina, (HT: 6'3⅛"; WT: 310 lbs.)

Cincinnati Bengals (Bengals trade 123rd and 199th picks to Seahawks for 111th pick)

Fourth Round: 111th Pick

Combine Weigh In
603131032 1/2"10"
Combine Workout
40-yard dash10-yd splitBenchVertBroad3-coneShuttle


  • Plays football like a man possessed.
  • Tremendous upper-body strength is evident in nearly every evaluative circumstance.
  • Explodes out of stance with better velocity and pad level than most other interior offensive linemen in the 2014 NFL draft.
  • Very good motor and general "fire in the belly."
  • Very well put together and appears truly athletic. Looks imposing in the middle of the line.
  • Very strong hands and terrific initial punch.
  • Has a lot of great experience getting into the open field and finding work on screen concepts.
  • Looks like a natural fit in an NFL man/power-based blocking scheme.
  • Has great size for a center and will be considered by NFL evaluators as possessing versatility to play guard as well.
  • Bends well and seems flexible.
  • Fast and quick for a 310-pound athlete, with a real explosive twitch to his movements and overall game.
  • Had a monstrous combine in numerous explosive categories.
  • Put up a ridiculous 42 bench reps, the most of any lineman at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine.
  • Was among the top half of testers for the 40-yard dash in Indy, registering the ninth-best 10-yard split of all offensive linemen.
  • Only out-leaped by four offensive linemen in the vertical and registered the sixth-best broad jump.


  • One of the clear leaders of a UNC offensive line that struggled badly at times during the 2013 season.
  • Can play recklessly and is more frantic and urgent in movements than smooth and patient. 
  • Has shown a tendency in the run game to explode into opposing defenders, then let up once they're off their spot as opposed to pinning them in the dirt.
  • Takes bad angles and is not efficient at getting to the second level to engage more athletic linebackers.
  • Feet seem sloppy and unattended to.
  • Can be late in identifying guard's responsibility and late to give help when down defenders are passed off, leading to penetration.
  • Once engaged, does not possess near the strength in his leg drive as he does in the upper body.
  • Explosive prowess in the run game can be largely neutralized when defensive linemen get off the snap quickly.
  • Can have issues with balance when anticipating ways to counter speed on inside delayed blitzes.
  • Has trouble keeping his head up through blocks and can be seen losing his balance forward when his center of gravity gets out in front of him as a result.
  • Doesn't sink his hips well. Balance and overextension are clear issues that will need work.
  • Below-average lateral agility.
  • Does not slide naturally and is often responsible for letting defenders slip off of him in a variety of ways.
  • Doesn't engage with—or seem to have a great understanding of—leverage in many aspects.

Personal Notes (via UNC Athletic Department)

  • Son of Gail and Brian Bodine
  • His father Brian is a teacher at Fork Union.
  • Born June 30, 1992.
  • Majoring in communication studies.

Ratings Chart

Grades by Alex Dunlap


It's rare that the NFL combine can paint as accurate a picture of a player's on-field game as is the case with Bodine. His terrific explosive testing numbers serve as proof that the athlete seen on film doesn't come out of nowhere. Upper-body strength is obvious and indicated in the bench press.

Bodine is an explosive, high-charged athlete whose attributes generally indicate tremendous upside via explosiveness that cannot be taught. 

Another thing that cannot be taught is lateral agility. Bodine is not laterally agile and his combine-worst three-cone performance shows this fact as clearly as the game tape does.  

Bodine flashes well on tape very often with "traits," but not with consistency or even truly good, sturdy play. In fact, at times, he can appear to be a liabilityeven at the NCAA level.

Bodine is a project who NFL teams will not draft to start right away, but who may serve as good depth while developing in an NFL system and building upon his truly unique, outstanding and natural explosive gifts. 

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