The NFL Scouting Combine began on Thursday as offensive linemen and tight ends were weighed-in. The combine will being taking place until Mar. 1 and as the results occur, you'll be able to find them here on the site. Just look in our right sidebar for the 2011 Souting Combine Logo, click on it and your in. Be sure to check out our 2011 NFL Draft Prospects Page containing player profiles and Mock Drafts as the page is updated with new players daily.
The weigh-ins shouldn't make or break any athlete's Combine performance, but there are always a few surprises.
Tyron Smith, OT, USC Trojans: Smith weighed in at 307 lbs, up 27-pounds from his listed weight on the USC athletic website last season. Some were concerned that Smith lacked the bulk to hold his own against the NFL's bigger and stronger defenders. Smith now appears to have the size and strength to go along with his superb athleticism. His workouts will show us more.
Marcus Cannon, G, TCU Horned Frogs: A tackle at TCU, Cannon will likely move to guard in the NFL, although there are some who still expect him to make a play for a right tackle spot. Reports indicate that Cannon was at 375-pounds last season. He weighed in at 358-pounds at the Combine, which is very encouraging. I still like him to play guard in the NFL.
Rodney Hudson, G, Florida State Seminoles: Hudson's weight was a concern for many, as many feared that Hudson would not be able to hold his own on the interior line at two-hundred-eighty-something pounds. He weighed in just a hair under 300-pounds at the Combine.
Ben Ijalana, G/T, Villanova Wildcats: Ijalana was a tackle in college who, like Cannon, projects as a guard at the next level. Some may rethink that after his arms measured 36-inches. He measured 6'4, 317-pounds. He'll still be considered a guard, but his arm length has to make some think there's a possibility he could play tackle.
Orlando Franklin, G/T, Miami Hurricanes: Franklin is yet another prospect who could play either guard or tackle. The tackle side of things got a boost when his arms measured 35-inches. He weighed in at 316-pounds and measured 6'5 ½-inches.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Recovering from hamstring injury so he won't work out, but his hands measured 10 ¾-inches, which bodes well for a tight end. He measured 6'6 ½-inches and 259-pounds.
Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State Bulldogs: Ok, so I am not comfortable calling Sherrod a 'faller' at this point, but weighing in roughly ten pounds heavier than he did at the Senior Bowl has to raise a few questions. Note, however, that reports indicate that he did not appear flabby or out of shape. He'll have the opportunity to show scouts that the added weight is nothing to be concerned of when he takes the field during workouts.
James Carpenter, OT, Alabama Crimson Tide: Again, we'll know more about his physical condition when he works out, but Carpenter weighed-in at 321-pounds at the Combine, up from 313-pounds at the Senior Bowl. These are big guys, but gaining eight pounds could raise a few eyebrows unless it's in the form of pure muscle.
Weslye Saunders, TE, South Carolina Gamecocks: Saunders was dismissed from the team and did not play in 2010, but weighed-in at exactly 270-pounds, which is what he was listed at before last season on the South Carolina athletic site. However, reports indicate that Saunders did not appear cut at the weigh-ins, which may have some worried about his 270-pound frame.
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