The NFL Combine on-field testing is now complete. Now that I'm back to Seattle and done with the interviews portion of the process, it's been cool to go back and look at some of the testing numbers that came out over the weekend. Our own Zach Whitman and Jared Stanger and others will surely provide their analysis on SPARQ and on how the tape matches up (or fails to match up) with the Combine performance over the next few weeks, but for now, here are some results, and a few standouts.
(Some data is still missing -- I've been gathering it all from Mike Lyoko's excellent resource here, and apparently it's not completely up to date just yet.)
T Jake Fisher, Oregon
6'6, 306 pounds, 5.01 forty, 32.5 vert, 7.25 three-cone, 4.33 short stuttle
Fisher is a guy that has been on Seahawks' fans radars with the help of our own Jared Stanger, who pointed him out in his Combine preview, previously as Seattle's #1 pick in his Mock Draft 2.0, and even before that, as one of his Preseason Gems. Here's what Stanger had to say most recently.
I, personally, would make an exception for Jake Fisher as early as #63. Hell, I might have gone #31 if I thought the Seahawks thought they needed an OT more than I think they think they do. I worry a little bit that the 63rd pick is essentially a value wasteland. My intuition tells me trading off of 63 (either up or down) makes more sense than trading off 31. But, if you're not fighting your draft board, I think Fisher is one of the few players that is a good fit at 63.
I think Fisher's tape is awesome...the athleticism is there, the nastiness and finish are there, the value projection is there. The question on Fisher is if he tests better at the combine than he did at his Junior Day.
Obviously, Stanger is high on him, and he put on a show in Indy (hint: he's the top pSPARQ-metric offensive lineman). Fisher has now created some buzz, and may shoot up draft boards after impressing teams with his athleticism. He's definitely a good candidate for a zone blocking team because of his excellent movement and athletic skills, has the type of demeanor that Seattle loves, and if he's indeed there at #63, I too would not be opposed if he were the pick. They may need to grab him at #31 if they really want him, though.
G Ali Marpet, Hobart
6'3, 307 pounds, 4.98 40, 4.47 short shuttle, 7.33 three-cone, 30 on bench, 30.5" vert, 9' broad jump
Marpet blew up the workouts with solid numbers across the board, and for a DIII player, his name is relatively well known because of how he ran and jumped. Finding tape on this guy will probably be pretty impossible, and it's against DIII competition, so take it with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, he projects well athletically and it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Seahawks have an interest here.
C Cameron Erving, Florida State
6'5, 313 pounds, 5.15 forty, 4.63 short shuttle, 7.48 three-cone, 30 on bench, 30.5" vert, 9.33' broad jump
Erving was a left tackle prospect last year before he announced he was going back for another year, then he made the switch to center, and excelled there. It's looking like that will be his position in the NFL and his athleticism really showed up in Indy. The Seahawks will eventually need to replace Max Unger, so a guy with theoretical left tackle feet that can play in the middle is kind of intriguing.
T T.J. Clemmings, Pittsburgh
6'5, 306 pounds, 5.14 forty, 4.54 short shuttle, 7.68 three-cone, 22 on bench, 32.5" vert, 9.25' broad jump
Clemmings is another favorite of Stanger and he didn't disappoint athletically. He got terrible reviews at the Senior Bowl after receiving some first round hype to end the college football season, so this helps rehabilitate his perceived stock going into the Draft. Clemmings' 35"+ arms are absurd too.
T Terry Poole, San Diego State
6'4, 307 pounds, 5.09 forty, 4.66 short shuttle, 7.9 three-cone, 25 on bench, 31" vert, 9.42' broad jump
This is a guy that DraftInsider Tony Pauline had linked to the Seahawks prior to the Combine and unsurprisingly, he tested out well in the process. At 307 pounds he nearly broke the 5-second mark, and his vert and broad jump numbers are solid.
T Mitch Morse, Missouri
6'5, 305 pounds, 5.14 forty, 4.5 short shuttle, 7.6 three-cone, 31" vert, 9.3' broad, 36 on bench
Morse was Justin Britt's replacement at Mizzou and like Britt, tested out really well in the speed and agility exercises. He also posted 36 reps on bench, which is pretty impressive. I'm guessing the Seahawks will have interest in Morse because like Britt, he reportedly plays with a nasty demeanor and I could see Tom Cable really liking that again.
Other standouts according to Zach Whitman's pSPARQ metric (more on that from Zach soon) included West Virginia guard Mark Glowinski, Penn State's Donovan Smith, Virginia Tech tackle Laurence Gibson, and Texas A&M's Jarvis Harrison, who Stanger has written about earlier this year.
There is really only one true OG that I'm interested in this year and that is Texas A&M's Jarvis Harrison. 6'4"/344 with 33 ¾" arms. He's kind of this year's Alvin Bailey. I think his tape his 3rd-round worthy, but the 344 pounds (and some in-season team suspensions) are problems. Current projection is 7th round, and I'd probably pay it, but if he ends up an UDFA you prioritize the crap out of him.
The 330 pounds at the Combine is obviously a good sign, as is his athleticism.
Nick Polack recently wrote about Donovan Smith:
The key thing that jumps out to me as a Penn State fan right away here, is the weight that Smith has listed on his NFL.com draft profile. Smith played his redshirt junior season this past year at closer to 350 pounds than 335, which had a clear effect on his play as the year went on. After breaking out as a redshirt sophomore in 2013, many expected Smith to take the next step into elite territory, but that never quite happened. He was far from the worst part of Penn State's offensive line (which was terrible), but he also wasn't the dominant bookend for Christian Hackenberg that he was supposed to be. He lost a little bit of quickness, and didn't seem to be completely "there" for the entirety of the season.
Apparently, he's left all of that in the past though. Smith has gotten rave reviews since his postseason workouts and all star games have begun, and has been shooting up draft boards as a result. Daniel Jeremiah of ESPN even ranked him as his #48 prospect, stating that he "has all of the tools to be a solid starting right tackle early on, and he could eventually develop into a left tackle." I actually think he might fit better as a guard at the next level, though. I even had him slated to play at left guard this season with incoming 6'7" Junior College left tackle, Paris Palmer set to battle for a tackle spot. At his best in college, he was a fierce run blocker and an adequate to above average pass blocker, who lacked some lateral quickness but was able to get away with in in college at the tackle spot.
Overall, I think Donovan would be a really nice fit for the Hawks, thanks to the versatility he'll have to alternate between the guard and tackle spots, particularly if the team moves on from James Carpenter. He could also fill the roll of insurance for Justin Britt, should the right tackle fail to take the next step in his development. If he's available for them in the third round, that would be the ideal time to maximize his value and bolster the offensive line for the present and the future (trading down from the second round pick to early in the third to take him seems to be a realistic possibility as well).