So now day one of the NFL Combine field tests are in the books. So what did we learn after watching the OL and TE work today? Here are my thoughts. 1. David DeCastro is maybe the best Guard to ever come into the combine and he may very well come off the board before we select, which is remarkable for an OG. If he is still on the board though, I think he will be our guy. As much as we like our guards to pull, he would be a perfect fit here and moves far more fluidly than any other guard at the combine. He may not measure the best at anything outside of bench press, but on tape and in the position drills, he dominates.
2. Kevin Zeitler, if the Cowboys don't get DeCastro, very likely will be on the cowboys radar later on in the draft to be taken. Other than some of the tackles, I don't see too many guys that move as well as Zeitler and DeCastro.
3. We may be looking for a free agent TE that can block if Martellus Bennett ends up really leaving. None of the TE at the combine are really known for their blocking ability. One late round prospect that may be intriguing at tight end though may be Evan Rodriguez from Temple. Now, I mistook the Temple logo for the Texas Tech logo, which is why I took a look at this guy, but I looked into him and he may be a prospect of interest in say round 6 or so. He seems to be a decent pass catcher and is pretty fast and quick. He isn't known very much for his blocking though, so he would likely be the #3 behind Witten and Phillips. He ran a good 3-cone drill going sub 7-seconds with a 6.94, which is a pretty good time, especially for a tight end, as a sub 7 3-cone is good for a skill position player. This means that he may do pretty well at getting seperation in the NFL, but does not make him a good route runner, just a quick tight end.
4. I liked what I saw out of Ben Jones, but I also think he is slated at the right spot at probably a mid-second to early third rounder. Michael Brewster impressed some with his strength so he may be another guy we are looking at to take over center from Phil Costa, in addition to Ben Jones. However, only if Peter Konz and Ben Jones are both off the board and if we don't sign some free agent Center.
I watched all of the 40s for the O-line, however most of what I took interest in was footwork during the position drills. For Tight Ends, I like too see a fast guy just like anyone, but I want to see how they can catch AND how they block, and no one does both of those except for guys that are too high for us. And no one is a really strong blocker as far as I've seen.
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