The 2011 NFL Combine is underway, and the tight ends and offensive linemen eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft got their chances to show off their strength, speed, and footwork today.
Center Ryan Bartholomew out of Syracuse led all offensive lineman in what is often seen as the most important event, and finished second in another. Bartholomew completed 34 reps in the bench press to lead the way, and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.97 seconds, just 0.04 seconds behind Jason Kelce.
But highly rated offensive tackle Tyron Smith didn't fare quite as well. The 6'-5" 320lb senior tied for ninth among all offensive linemen with 29 reps on the bench press. The former player for the USC Trojans is rated by the National Football Post as the No. 1 offensive tackle, and is said to have excellent footwork and the athleticism to play in Mike Shanahan's system. Smith is one player that could be available for the Redskins to select with the tenth overall pick. If selected, he could partner with Trent Williams to form one of the best young tackle combinations in the league.