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2013 NFL Scouting Combine Preview: Offensive Line

Much like on the defensive line, there are a lot of excellent prospects on the offensive front coming to the Combine next week.


This year's crop is much like the glut of defensive linemen: belligerent and numerous. There are a few likely top-10 picks, but the real strength of this year's lineman class will be in its depth into the middle rounds. We'll get you caught up on some of the big names to keep an eye on next week. The offensive linemen will take the field for drills on Saturday, February 23rd, the first day of on-field testing.

Top Prospects

There are a number of players expected to go in the first round, including tackles Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M), Eric Fisher (Central Michigan), D.J. Fluker (Alabama), and Lane Johnson (Oklahoma). Guards likely to go early include Chance Warmack (Alabama) and Jonathan Cooper (North Carolina). Travis Frederick (Wisconsin) and Barrett Jones (Alabama) are the top centers in this year's draft.

Mid-Round Sleepers

At center, keep an eye on Khaled Holmes (USC). Larry Warford (Kentucky) and Justin Pugh (Syracuse) could be solid finds at guard. Tackle is an exceptionally deep class, so much so that Ricky Wagner (Wisconsin), who was graded in the first round before his senior season, might fall into the fifth or sixth round.

Best Names

There aren't as many great names on the offensive line as on defense, but there are still a few. My personal favorites are Oday Aboushi (Virginia), Manase Foketi (West Texas A&M), and Matt Stankiewitch (Penn State).

Most Random School

Has anyone out there ever heard of Azusa Pacific University? Aparently it is a small Christian college in Azusa, California, which is about 15 miles east of Pasadena or 25 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. APU is a member of the NAIA. Luke Marquardt is the school's sole representative, and though he'll likely go undrafted he's an interesting physical specimen, standing 6'9" and weighs 312 pounds.

Player School
Aboushi, Oday Virginia
Allen, Zach NC State
Armstead, Terron Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Baca, Jeff UCLA
Bailey, Alvin Arkansas
Bakhtiari, David Colorado
Barker, Chris Nevada
Becton, Nick Virginia Tech
Bond, Travis North Carolina
Brown, Braden BYU
Cave, Braxston Notre Dame
Cleary, Emmett Boston College
Cooper, Jonathan North Carolina
Devey, Jordan Memphis
Faulk, Chris LSU
Fisher, Eric Central Michigan
Fluker, D.J. Alabama
Foketi, Manase West Texas A&M
Fragel, Reid Ohio State
Frederick, Travis Wisconsin
Gaines, Rogers Tennessee State
Gilkey, Garrett Chadron State
Hawkinson, Tanner Kansas
Herman, Eric Ohio
Holmes, Khaled USC
Jackson, Mark Glenville State
Joeckel, Luke Texas A&M
Johnson, T.J. South Carolina
Johnson, Lane Oklahoma
Johnson, Oscar Louisiana Tech
Johnson-Webb, Jamaal Alabama A&M
Jones, Barrett Alabama
Kugbila, Edmund Valdosta State
Lonergan, P.J. LSU
Long, Kyle Oregon
Madsen, Joe West Virginia
Mady, Lamar Youngstown State
Marquardt, Luke Azusa Pacific
Milhim, Stephane Massachusetts-Amherst
Mills, Jordan Louisiana Tech
Nixon, Xavier Florida
Painter, Vince Virginia Tech
Pugh, Justin Syracuse
Quessenberry, David San Jose State
Schwenke, Brian California
Stankiewitch, Matt Penn State
Thomas, Dallas Tennessee
Thornton, Hugh Illinois
Tretter, J.C. Cornell
Wagner, Ricky Wisconsin
Warford, Larry Kentucky
Warmack, Chance Alabama
Watford, Earl James Madison
Watson, Menelik Florida State
Weaver, Jason Southern Miss
Wetzel, John Boston College
Williams, Brennan North Carolina
Winters, Brian Kent State

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