Utah left tackle Garett Bolles, long considered the best offensive lineman in the country by Rob Staton on our weekly 3000 NFL Mock Draft podcast, is now the best offensive lineman at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine. After measuring in at 6’5, 297 pounds, 34” arms on Wednesday, Bolles had the second-fasted 40-yard dash (4.96) for offensive linemen and the longest broad jump (9’7), the fifth-best by an o-lineman since 2006.
Here’s what Staton had to say about Bolles at SeahawksDraftBlog.com:
Garett Bolles had a 1.71 10-yard split. Aviante Collins had the fastest split (1.68).
Nobody is on Bolles’ level of movement and athleticism so far. His balance, control and quick change of direction is so good. Mike Mayock just compared Bolles to Terron Armstead.
Armstead ran a ridiculous 4.71 at 306 pounds in 2013. He went in the third round because he was coming out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Bolles won’t go that late. Back to Rob:
In the next cone drill, Bolles just exploded out of his stance and sprinted beautifully downfield — again putting the rest of this group to shame.
Bolles is the clear leader among this group. So far Dion Dawkins has looked the next best O-liner in group one.
In the kick slide, Zach Banner laboured. Bolles looked really good again. No surprise there. He was so quick he had to wait for the ‘rabbit’ (O-liner acting as a DE) to catch-up to complete the drill. Dawkins’ kick slide was quite smooth too and Elflein (with a football to snap as a center) also looked good. Eluemunor struggled.
Adam Bisnowaty and Bolles both excelled in the mirror drill. Asiata was nicely controlled for an interior lineman.
Staton was among the first to start mocking Bolles to the Seattle Seahawks in the first round, others started doing the same, then more and more people started putting him in the top 20. Bolles performance on Friday however puts him so solidly in the top 20, maybe even top 10, that there’s little chance the Seahawks will grab him without a significant trade up. The only thing that Bolles has not done is the bench press, stating that he was injured in a way that would prevent him from participating.
Teammate guard Isaac Asiata, mentioned above, is having a pretty good combine. In addition to moving well, he had 35 reps on the bench, the top mark among offensive linemen. He was, however, slow in the 40 and among the lowest scorers in the broad jump.
Forrest Lamp of Western Kentucky has been steadily moving up draft boards all year. The tackle, expected to move to guard (drawing comparisons to the Dallas Cowboys’ Zack Martin), has short arms (32.25”) but 34 reps on the bench, a 4.99 40-yard dash, and a 9’6 broad jump. His “Trench Explosion Formula” score is 3.23 — Seattle almost exclusively drafts linemen who score a 3.00 or better. (For more information on that, go here.)
USC tackle Zach Banner was very slow at 5.58 and his broad jump was only 7’8, but he’s known for being a big man. That being said, probably not on Pete Carroll’s radar. Pitt’s Adam Bisnowaty, a player that Rob liked a lot in 2015 but didn’t declare for the 2016 draft, is also having a good combine but had just an 8’ broad jump. TCU’s Aviante Collins, who is roughly the same size as Bolles and can play tackle and guard, ran a 4.78. Watch for Temple guard Dion Dawkins as well, he ran a 5.11.
Top pick hopeful Myles Garrett of Texas A&M is big: 6’4, 272 lbs, 10.25” hands, 35.25” arms. Stanford’s Solomon Thomas’ arms only came in at 33”. You may need to scratch off Charles Harris, Caleb Brantley, Derek Barnett, Tim Williams, and Carl Lawson, all of whom have arms under 33”.
Many were writing off LSU running back Leonard Fournette after he weighed in at 240 lbs and jumped only 28.5” in the vertical test, but his unofficial 40-yard dash time is 4.51.
This is a 240-pound man running a 4.51 pic.twitter.com/go5FYopwxC— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) March 3, 2017
That would be .04 seconds slower than Zeke Elliott last year, who weighed 225 lbs.
Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara is blowing people away with his athleticism, while Stanford’s Christian McCaffery is also having a nice day for himself. Kamara had a broad jump of 10’11 and a vertical leap of 39.5”. Florida State’s Dalvin Cook also struggled in the vertical leap and ran a 4.50.