Combine Notes: OL and TE weigh ins and bench

With the first 3 days of the combine in the books we have some interesting info coming out.

  • USC LT Charles Brown weighed in at a solid 303lbs, weight was a major concern for Brown having played at 280-290lbs in college. If he shows that he's still a great athlete carrying that weight his stock will get a serious bump
  • Arkansas G Mitch Petrus tied the combine record in the bench press with 45 reps of the 225lb combine weight.
  • Ok. State LT Russell Okung may have been even more impressive recording 38 reps with freakish 36 inch long arms (longer arms increase the difficulty of the bench press).
  • Iowa LT Bryan Bulaga had a mixed day, his arms measured at 33 1/4 inches, a key measurement for a guy that will make a living trying to keep guys from getting around him on the edge, 33 1/4 is closer to Micheal Oher (33 1/2) than Robert Gallery (32 1/4), but less than ideal. More teams may cast him as a RT.
  • OT Jared Veldheer was a massive 6'8" 312lbs, but his 33 inch arms are shorter than scouts like on a LT prospect, while he's still lanky for a RT.
  • Oklahoma TE Jermaine Gresham measured out at 6'5" 261lbs with 34 3/4 inch arms and hands 9 5/8 inches from pinky to thumb. He put up 20 reps in the bench press.
  • Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski will not run at the combine, but attended for measurements/interviews/medical check and participated in the bench press (some speculate in order to show confidence that he's recovered from the back injury that cost him most of last year) putting up 23 reps, 6th among TEs. Gronkowski measured in at 6'6" 264lbs with 34 1/4 inch arms and dinner plate, 10 3/4 inch, hands (the biggest of any TE or WR at the combine).
  • USC TE Anthony McCoy weighed in heavier than he was listed at USC, making him a more attractive as a 2nd, blocking TE. 6'4" 259lbs with big 10 3/8 inch hands.
  • Perhaps the most impressive bench performance of the day was 10 reps, by 5'5" 160lb returnman Trindon Holliday.

NFL.com will begin broadcasting the combine at 9am eastern tomorrow. Pull up a feed and watch with us tomorrow. A central attraction will be the 40 yard dash of LSU return ace and track star Trindon Holliday (working out with the specialists, as he doesn't really have a position, touching the ball just 127 times on offense in 4 years at LSU).

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