Yesterday, the offensive linemen and tight ends weighed in at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Almost nobody hurt their draft stock while several other players looked very, very impressive. Here are some of the many players that improved their stock before even taking part in any of the drills.
Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College: Castonzo weighed in at 311 pounds, which is a big improvement over the 295 he was playing at last season. He’s one of the four tackles who will almost surely be taken in the first round.
Rodney Hudson, OG, Florida State: Hudson has long been regarded as one of the more dominant offensive linemen in college football. However, he played at only around 280 pounds for most of his career. He needed to add more weight to prove that he could be effective at the next level, which he did. Hudson measured in at 6’2″, 299 pounds and is a second or third round pick.
Ben Ijalana, OT, Villanova: Ijalana was a dominant left tackle against lesser competition, but was projected to have to move inside to guard. However, at 6’4″ with extremely long arms, he is capable of playing either tackle or guard. He’s definitely a second round selection.
Tyron Smith, OT, USC: One of the biggest questions with Tyron Smith was his size. This wasn’t a big deal to me because he was a very effective run blocker even at 285 pounds. However, he weighed in at 307, and could be taken in the top 15 picks now.
Nate Solder, OT, Colorado: Nate Solder continues to fill out his 6’8″ frame and weighed in at 319 pounds yesterday. Teams see him continuing his development and he has potential to easily add another 15-20 pounds.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame: Rudolph has drawn comparisons to Rob Gronkowski as he measured in at just over 6’6″ and weighed 259 pounds. He’s a big, athletic tight end who can be a very good in-line blocker.