Nimmo Finds Few Surprises at NFL Combine

WVU offensive lineman Lance Nimmo was well prepared for what he encountered at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

While many players are taken aback by drills on the field and examinations off at the NFL Combine, WVU lineman Lance Nimmo wasn't surprised by what he encountered.

"Caoch Trickett gets us well prpeared, so none of the drills were a surprise," Nimmo said of the different workouts he encountered at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. "He has a lot of experience, and we run a lot of those drills ourselves."

Nimmo, who has always provided thoughtful answers to interview questions, also did his homework before travelling to the Hoosier state.

"I talked to some ex-WVU players and they kind of told me what to expect," the stalwart of WVU's 2002 offensive line said. "So, I had a pretty good idea of what was going on."

Nimmo's time in Indianapolis started with a thorough physical examination, with the emphasis on thorough.

"We went through about six different rooms of orthopedists, and each room had five or six team physicians in them. They pretty much checked out everything. I was one of the few guys who didin't get called back in for an MRI. That's probably because I didn't have any major injuries in college."

After Nimmo's physical exams, he participated in several drills and workouts, including a forty yard dash, bench press, broad jump, cone drills and L drills. He ran a 5.30 and a 5.32 in two passes at the 40, which put him solidly in the middle of the pack for offensive linemen, and had a 27 inch vertical jump.

Nimmo noted that particpating in the drills, which some players did not, might help him when it comes to evaluations.

"The coaches there were really mad at the running backs," Nimmo said. "A lot of them didin't run and work out."

In addition to the workouts and physical exams, there were also mental tests in the form of written exams. Nimmo noted that the New York Giants' version ran to 260 questions, making it the length champion among the many tests he took.

"I could see what they were trying to do with it," Nimmo noted, whose analytical skills are sharp. "There weren't a lot of football questions on it, but there were a lot of things that tested your problem solving skills, and I can see how that related to football."

So what's the outcome of the combine for Nimmo, which gets a lot of attention but rarely seems to make a big difference on draft day?

"Most of the teams played it pretty close to the vest," Nimmo said of the reactions he received. "The Dolphins' offensive line coach seemed pretty pleased with what I did."

After observing the talent at the combine, Nimmo believes that a few more of his senior teammates could have fared well at the combine. Only running back Avon Cobourne was invited to the combine with Nimmo.

"I definitely thought some of our seniors coupld have competed there," Nimmo observed.

Nimmo also noted that conference affiliations, rather than team ties, seemed to dominate casual relationships among players.

"I talked with several guys from Big East schools," Nimmo said. "Even guys I had a history with, like Dan Klecko." (Nimmo knocked Klecko out of the 2001 WVU-Temple game in Morgantown.) "You pretty much let bygones be bygones, because this is a business now. It really was a meat market like they say, but you understand it, because the teams are investing a lot of money. That's what you've got to expect."

Nimmo, who returned to WVU to continue his classwork at the conclusion of the Combine, plans to do some drills for NFL scouts again on WVU's pro day, which is scheduled for March 15.

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