Combine: RB, OL, and FB Work Outs

The Browns are looking at offensive linemen, and perhaps even fullbacks in this year's draft. While many will debate 40-times and bench presses, one of the most underrated aspects at the combine is what happens after the watches are put away and the prospects are put through position-specific drills.

Several of the offensive linemen really enhanced their stock today with impressive performances. Jordan Gross stood out and after running as fast as any blocker in attendance as well as jumping almost as far, he had a terrific drill session and garnered the attention of several teams. Gross is stating his case to be a top five pick and those rumors of Houston tabbing him with the third selection may not be way off base.

Eric Steinbach continued his tear from the Senior Bowl and after an awesome vertical leap of 36-inches, performed well after the workout and again displayed the skills to be a blind side protector.

Hawaii's Vince Manuwai redeemed himself after a sub-par showing in Mobile and had a good session. Equally as impressive was Kwame Harris who was as good an athlete as anyone on the field today. One aspect of Harris' game we focused on, and he ultimately proved himself worthy, were the pass blocking drills, especially when the Stanford junior was lined up on the blind side. The history of college right tackles moving to the weak side has not been good lately but Harris seems to have the foundation to succeed.

Obviously the headline of the afternoon's session for the running backs was Justin Fargas. He not only ran with speed but you could see the power in his legs as he kept churning up the field. After each forty scouts put down there watches and said, "WOW!"

Quentin Griffen also looked good running fact and really doing a solid job catching the ball.

On the flip side several prospects did not fare well at all. Derrick Dockery looked sluggish in every aspect of the day. In fact one scout blatantly said Dockery was woefully out of shape. Jamil Soriano was not as athletic and most hoped and the same can be said for Brandon Drumm, who also had difficulty catching the ball. Finally Santonio Beard was fighting the pass as a receiver out of the backfield and does not look like a fluid back at all.

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