What they’re saying:
Soonres send three offensive linemen to Indy hoping for high draft grades
The NFL Scouting Combine begins Friday, and there are eight Sooners scheduled to participate, hoping to increase their stock for the NFL Draft in the final days of April.
It’ll be a big day for everyone.
Every second clocked, every rep counted: This is a chance for players to rise or to fall.
This is the next step for college football players. Nearly every player drafted by the NFL has been invited to the combine.
It’s time to nitpick.
Sooners Illustrated looks at the offensive seniors here:
Daryl Williams, OT (6-foot-6, 329 pounds)
What they’re saying: There aren’t many nastier than Williams in this year’s draft, and he comes with all the right character – leadership and he isn’t an issue off the field. He’s at the top as far as run blockers are concerned and comes off the ball with explosiveness and “bad intentions.”
What he needs to do: Williams has to show more control in his game – not toning his play down but showing that he can move with the skill of an NFL offensive tackle. Right now, he’s set up to possibly move inside to guard. He can show a lot at the combine but could wind up being the ultimate utility lineman.
When he’s up: Friday
Key drill: 3-cone drill and the shuttle. Teams are going to want to see foot speed and athleticism from Williams. There’s no doubting his run blocking. It’s the pass blocking that teams need to see.
Draft round ceiling Back end of the first round. It would take a lot for a team to draft a run-blocker in the first round. Williams will have to prove he’s worth it or that he can pass block well enough.
Blake Bell, TE (6-foot-6, 259 pounds)
His play as a quarterback could set him apart among NFL tight end prospects because of his understanding of spacing and offense. He’s much better than he was a year ago as a blocker but still has holes in every part of his game for the NFL: Blocking and route running. He’s very young at the position. Right now, he’s similar to Owen Daniels
, who played quarterback at Wisconsin
until his junior year. That’s not a bad NFL career if it goes right. One NFC North scout told NFL.com: "Personally, I don't really think much of his chances to make it as a tight end because he's too far behind where he needs to be.”
What he needs to do: Everything has to improve for Bell, who has to show almost perfect hands and better route running at the combine. Because he’s not good at either blocking or receiving, he’ll have to find a way to be great at just one.
When he’s up: Friday
Key drill: Route running and pass catching. Bell is gonna make a roster as a pass catcher first not a blocker.
Draft round ceiling Fifth round with a great combine. Bell will be drafted. A team will take a chance on him developing because 6-6 with 4.7 40 speed can be a game changer.
Adam Shead, OG (6-foot-4, 339 pounds)
Shead is one of those players who is going to maximize his talent. He’ll play through pain, understands blitz packages and run blocks with everything he has. He has length, which is rare for a guard but still has to improve with his technique. He tends to lean as a run blocker – relying on his 339-pound frame to move defenders.