2010 NFL Combine: John Jerry Following Familiar Footsteps To Next Level

Michael Schottey@SchotteyNFL National Lead WriterFebruary 26, 2010

OXFORD, MS - NOVEMBER 17: John Jerry #77 of the Mississippi Rebels smiles during a game against the LSU Tigers on November 17, 2007 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium/Hollingsworth Field in Oxford, Mississippi. LSU beat Mississippi 41-24. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
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Take a good look at John Jerry.

The Ole Miss Rebel is disappearing fast...literally.

In his playing career, Jerry admits to weighing as much as 360lbs. He played last year at 340lbs. Now? A slim 328 and dropping fast.

Meanwhile, his strength is still there.

John Jerry—not his brother Peria, not Michael Oher—holds the Ole Miss bench press record with 34 reps of 225. If he repeats that number in his combine workout later today, he will likely be among the top performers.

Yet, who is talking about John Jerry?

There isn't a lot of buzz about the guard prospect.

Many reporters asked questions about his brother or about the movie his former roommate was in, The Blind Side. Not a lot of questions Thursday focused on the player or his play.

But take a minute to understand this one fact:

When Ole Miss needed tough rushing yards in 2008, they ran behind John Jerry, NOT Michael Oher. Scouts have forgotten that fact, a nugget they used as a knock on Oher.

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I asked Jerry about this, and he shugged it off.

"I try not to worry about stuff like that; people need to go back and look at the tape," he said.

If people do look at the tape, they'll see a powerful run blocker and an able pass blocker. In Jerry, attentive scouts see a versatile player who has the ability to play each line position given time and attention.

On that tape, Jerry knows there is one thing scouts won't see: sacks.

"I think the last time was my sophomore year...I really don't remember who it was," Jerry said.

Still, Jerrys are used to being disrespected. At this time last year, his brother was an afterthought. Between the Combine and his Pro Day, Peria shot up draft boards and found himself in the first round.

Could it happen to John?

Don't laugh it off so quickly.

National Football Post scout Wes Bunting has high praise for Jerry, calling him the second best guard in the draft and giving him an equal grade to Mike Iupati. At the combine, I referred to Jerry as "Your Boy" to Bunting (channeling my inner Wilbon). He didn't shy away.

"Oh, I love him," Bunton said.

Michael Schottey is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and Detroit Lions Team Correspondent for DraftTek.com. He is LIVE from Indianapolis this week with NFL Combine updates. Follow him at Twitter.

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