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NFL combine results: Washington State o-lineman Joe Dahl

JOE DAHL has spent the last couple of months training for a few hours Friday in Indianapolis. So how did the Washington State offensive lineman perform in on-field drills at the NFL combine?

Dahl clocked 5.18 seconds in the 40-yard dash on his first attempt, and a 5.20 in his second.

For an offensive lineman, a 5.20 is “a solid time,” said NFL analyst Mike Mayock.  Dahl was 1tth among o-linemen in the 40 on NFL.com, with the best OL time at 4.94.

Dahl posted 28 reps in the bench press, t-11th among the o-linemen at the combine.

He was credited with 109 inches in the broad jump (t-8th).

The broad jump drill may also hold the most relevance to o-linemen, as it speaks to lower body power and explosion off the snap.

Dahl clocked in at 7.64 seconds in the 3-cone drill (15th) and 4.77 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle (25th).

“He makes it look easy,” an analyst said of Dahl during drills.

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Dahl measured in at the combine at 6-4 1/8, 304 pounds. Any additional results on Dahl posted by NFL.com will be added to this article.

NFL Networks analyst Mike Mayock, as have others, projects Dahl as an interior o-lineman after Dahl starred at left tackle for the Cougs.

“Joe Dahl, who again I think his home is at guard, is a smart, tough football player,” said Mayock. “Washington State, they call it the Air Raid offense, they basically just throw the ball 100 times a game and it’s hard to evaluate a left tackle that never puts his hand in the dirt.”

Dahl lined up at guard in the 2013 season for all but one game, he moved to left tackle for the Cougs’ bowl game that season and proceeded to stay at LT for his final two seasons.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein in writing Dahl combine bio calls the Cougar OL “a worthy pick as a potential starter” and that he could be an “emergency tackle in a pinch.”

“Decent flexibility in his lower half. Uses wide base as run blocker. Despite playing in pass-happy offense, shows ability to fire out with pop into defender and get some initial push as drive blocker. Good grip to maintain his initial block. Has hand quickness to move inside. Does a nice job of shifting weight to challenge inside moves. Coaches rave about his work habits and ability to retain information,” Dahl’s combine bio reads.

Dahl’s weaknesses according to NFL.com include; “Feet are a little bit heavy and he can be a little plodding when asked to block in space. Doesn't possess second level quickness to consistently get to cut¬off blocks…Arm length is below average so he will need more core strength to drop anchor and take a stand… As game progresses, shows some waist-bending tendencies.”

The NFL.com bottom line?  “Dahl projects as an eventual starting guard.”


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