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2019 NFL Combine: NFL 5 Worst Offensive Lines Looking for the Combine’s Day 1 Winners

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Day one of the annual Underwear Olympics, or NFL Combine if you prefer, is over.  It was a day that showcased the talents of a few good men, the offensive line, and the running backs.  While there were some running backs who elevated their draft stock, there were a few who fell flat.

But this is about the offensive line and the teams in need.  The five worst offensive lines in 2018 according to Pro Football Focus were:

32. Arizona Cardinals 

The Cardinals used 11 different offensive linemen who played at least 100 snaps.  That didn’t help rookie quarterback Josh Rosen who was sacked 45 times during the season.  The Cardinals also laid claim to the worst rushing team (ESPNstats.com), averaging 3.8 yards on 355 attempts and nine rushing touchdowns for the year.

The Cardinals have the first pick in the draft.

31. Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins’ offensive line allowed 98 pressures on the interior.  The team finished the season ranked 31st in average yards per game with 389.9, and 30th in passing yards per game with 181.2.   Their quarterback duo of Ryan Tannehill and Brock Osweiler were sacked a total of 52 times.  On the semi-bright side they were 18th in rushing yards…so there’s that.

The Dolphins have the 13th pick in the first round.

30. Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers needs some help.  The Chargers had PFF’s lowest graded guard and lowest ranked tackle in pass protection.  Left guard Dan Feeney allowed eight sacks and eight quarterback hits. Right tackle Sam Tevi was responsible for eight sacks and 12 quarterback hits.

The Chargers have the 28th pick in the first round.

29. Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings did not have an offensive lineman with a top 80 grade.  Relying on quarterback Kirk Cousins who attempted 606 passes and was sacked 40 times, seems like a hard no for the 2019 season.  Upgrading the offensive line should be a solid yes.

The Vikings have the 18th pick in the first round.

28. Oakland Raiders

It was a bad year for a pair of rookies on the Raiders’ offensive line.  Kolton Miller and Brandon Parker combined for 19 penalties and 26 sacks.

The Raiders have the fourth pick in the first round of the NFL draft.

Fortunately help is on the way.

Winners 2019 NFL Combine Day 1

The standouts from day one of the 2019 NFL Combine could give much needed help to any of the bottom feeders for the offensive line.

Garrett Bradbury, Center, North Carolina State

Bradbury was the consensus standout after day one of the Combine.  His measurables were better than good and his field work showed his strength and athleticism.  For teams that use the run blocking scheme, they have found their man.

Andre Dillard, Offensive Tackle, Washington State, 6’5″ and 315 pounds

At 6’5″ and 315 pounds, Dillard is projected to be the best pass protector of the group.  His Combine stats solidified his first round draft status with the best short shuttle time, the best broad jump, and the second fastest 3-cone drill.

Jawaan Taylor, Right Tackle, Florida

Taylor is good at both pass protection and run blocking.  He didn’t do anything to hurt his draft position as a first rounder, as his field drills demonstrated not only his athleticism but his strength balanced with quickness and body control.

Kaleb McGary, Right Tackle, Washinton, 6’6″ and 321 pounds

Better run blocker than a pass protector, McGary surprised some in his Combine measurables.  He most likely elevated his draft status.  Kent Lee Platte @MathBomb Tweeted: “Kaleb McGary posted an elite RAS at the 2019 NFL Combine.  Great speed, explosion scores to go with good agility, all while posting an awesome size grade. Rare.”

Joshua Miles,  Left Tackle, Morgan State, 6’5″ and 314 pounds

Miles performance at the Shrine Game earned him a Combine invite.  It doesn’t hurt to have 10 3/4 length arms with a 85″ wingspan.  Proving the invite was not a fluke he managed to jump the highest of any offensive lineman since 2006 with a vertical of 36″.  His explosiveness and versatility are no joke.

Chris Lindstrom, Guard, Boston College, 6’3″ and 308 pounds

Lindstrom was one of the offensive linemen who came in with high expectations due to his game tapes.  He didn’t disappoint.  He clocked 4.92 in the 40 with a better than respectable 1.70 in the first 10 yards.  His field work demonstrated his body control and good footwork that were on display this season.  He will be one of the first guards off the boards.

 

There is help to be had for the teams whose offensive lines were a mess.  The 2019 NFL Combine gave them a peek at the possibilities.

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