Bill's Scouting Combine Research: Interior OL

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Packer Report's Bill Huber is getting ready for the Scouting Combine, and is sharing some of his research of the 328 players who will be testing for and talking to the Green Bay Packers and the NFL's other 31 teams. In Part 5, we preview the interior offensive linemen. All heights and weights are from the schools and, therefore, not official.


— Philip Blake, Baylor (6-3, 320): Blake started all 12 games at right tackle as a sophomore before moving to center for his final two seasons. Blake took a winding road to Waco, Texas — similar to former teammate Danny Watkins, the Eagles' first-round pick last year. The 26-year-old from Toronto played at Champlain Regional College in Lennoxville, Quebec, then played a season at Tyler (Texas) Junior College before three standout seasons at Baylor. He was a first-team all-Big 12 selection (coaches) as a senior.

Michael Brewster, Ohio State (6-5, 305): Brewster was a four-year starter at center. Brewster never played center in his life but made his first start at that position during the fourth game of his freshman season and was named a freshman All-American. He wound up starting the final 49 games and was an All-American as a junior. He didn't receive those lofty accolades as a senior, but part of that was because of the scandals that led to the suspensions of some of his teammates and put the program in disarray.

Garth Gerhart, Arizona State (6-2, 302): Gerhart suffered a ruptured tendon in his left ring finger during Senior Bowl practices. He made 35 career starts, including 25 games at center as a junior and senior. He was a first-team nod on the all-Pac-12 team as a senior. Gerhart, the brother of Vikings running back Toby Gerhart, earned a degree in history in spring 2011. The Gerharts' coach at Norco (Calif.) High School was their father, Todd. One week, young brother Coltin lined up at quarterback at Norco, Garth Gerhart played at Oregon and Toby Gerhart played at Chicago, a round trip of 4,535 air miles.

Combine Preview

Part 1: 19 Quarterbacks.

Part 2: 30 Running backs.

Part 3: 47 Wide receivers.

Part 4: 14 Tight ends.

Ben Jones, Georgia: Jones (6-3, 316) was named to Georgia's all-decade team and made 49 career starts at center. As a senior, he was a first-team All-American by some news services, was named the team's MVP and was a finalist for the Rimington Award, which goes to the nation's best center. He was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll all four seasons. As a senior, he switched from No. 61 to No. 60 in honor of his father, Steve, who died in a helicopter crash when Ben was 10. His dad wore No. 60 when he played high school and small-college football.

Peter Konz, Wisconsin (6-5, 315): Konz, earned some first-team All-American honors and was a Rimington Award finalist as a junior, his final season in Madison. He was first-team all-Big Ten on the field (media vote) and in the classroom. Konz started at center all three seasons but also missed two or three games each year. Since 1999, the Badgers have had 13 linemen selected in the draft, behind only Notre Dame's 15. An all-state offensive and defensive lineman from Neenah, Wis., Konz arrived at Wisconsin as a defensive lineman but was moved to center about a week into his first fall camp. He's intelligent with a great sense of humor. "Against Oregon in the Rose Bowl, I got this guy in my grip and I'm just driving him back," Konz recalled. "After the play ends, he gets up under my facemask and starts giving me stern eyes. I don't like to play those games and waste energy, so after a few seconds of me staring back, I just smile and go, "Hi!" We both started busting out laughing. It was such a unique moment. All of the sudden the Rose Bowl went from this intense battle to just a game like I used to play in my back yard." He's considered a first-round prospect.

— David Molk, Michigan (6-2 286): Molk capped his career by winning the Rimington Award and being named the Big Ten's offensive lineman of the year. He was a finalist for the Rimington as a junior. He started 41 games at center. Molk's not a big man, but compared to what he once was, he's a giant. As a freshman at Lemont Township (Ill.) High School, he was 5-foot-6, 175 pounds and could bench press just 110 pounds.


Mark Asper, Oregon (6-7, 325): Asper started at right guard as a sophomore, right tackle as a junior and right guard as a senior. He was an honorable mention on the all-Pac-12 team and was named the team's outstanding offensive lineman. Asper is 26 after a two-year religious mission and a redshirt season. Asper earned acclaim before the Rose Bowl. At the annual Beef Bowl before the game, Asper was having dinner with teammates when a man at the table in front of him started to choke. Asper, an Eagle scout, performed the Heimlich maneuver on the man and saved his life when he dislodged a big chunk of steak.

David DeCastro, Stanford (6-5, 310): DeCastro is the only early entry among the guards and is a potential top-10 pick. After redshirting as a freshman, DeCastro started every game of his three seasons at right guard. A first-team All-American, he anchored an offense that averaged 207.9 rushing yards per game — even with Andrew Luck at quarterback. In his three seasons, Stanford gave up just 22 sacks. Stanford coach David Shaw compared DeCastro to Steve Wisniewski because of the strength he shows as a dominant run and pass blocker. "David speaks when something needs to be said," Shaw said of DeCastro's demeanor. "When he speaks, you better listen."

Adam Gettis, Iowa (6-4, 280): Gettis, who weighed just 225 in high school, started all 13 games at right guard and was a second-team all-Big Ten selection. As part of his degree in recreational management, Gettis started "Random Acts of Fitness." He'd go around Iowa City and hand out a bottle of water and energy bar to anyone who "was doing something interesting," from swimming to cutting the grass.

Rishaw Johnson, California-Pennsylvania (6-5, 310): Johnson played two-plus seasons for Mississippi before being kicked off the team in September 2010 for an undisclosed violation of team rules. He also was suspended by coach Houston Nutt for the second half of the 2009 season. Playing right guard for the Division II Vulcans in 2011, he was a team captain and earned All-American honors. It wasn't the first time Johnson's been on the move. Because of Hurricane Katrina, Johnson had to change high schools before his senior season.

— Josh LeRibeus, SMU (6-2, 311): LeRibeus started all 14 games at left guard to anchor the nation's top running attack. It was a career-saving season for a player who was ruled academically ineligible for 2010. When the team played in the Hawaii Bowl at the end of the 2009 season, his weight ballooned to about 350 pounds. Through nutrition and workouts, he trimmed about 40 pounds. His offensive line coach was former Packers lineman Adrian Klemm.

— Joe Looney, Wake Forest (6-3, 320): Looney replaced Gerhart at the Senior Bowl and promptly tore ligaments in his foot, an injury that required surgery. Looney, who broke into the starting lineup at left guard as a freshman, was Wake's top-rated lineman as a senior and led the team with 79.5 knockdown blocks, according to the school's count. Looney grew up a big Florida State fan. When Wake Forest beat FSU 30-0 in 2006, Wake suddenly got on his recruiting radar.

Antoine McClain, Clemson (6-6, 335): McClain, a touted offensive tackle in high school in Alabama, was a three-year starter at right guard. He did not earn any postseason awards as a senior. He recorded 35 knockdown blocks as a senior and 183 in his career as a 41-game starter. He won the school's Vickery Hall Award for his work in the classroom in 2010.

Ryan Miller, Colorado (6-8, 296): Miller started seven games at right tackle as a freshman and four games as a sophomore before breaking his leg. He split time between right tackle and right guard as a redshirt sophomore before spending his final two seasons at right guard. In all, he started 47 games and allowed just five sacks. He was a Walter Camp second-team All-American as a senior. Because of the medical redshirt, he's the ninth player in program history to earn five letters. A well-rounded individual, he can make arrowheads, knows sign language and threw the shot and discus for the Buffaloes.

Lucas Nix, Pittsburgh (6-6, 310): Nix was a three-year starter, playing at right tackle as a senior but has some right guard experience, too. He missed two months of his senior year with a dislocated kneecap and strained ligaments.

Quentin Saulsberry, Mississippi State (6-2, 300): A teammate of Derek Sherrod, Saulsberry is a Green Bay-kind of a lineman. As a redshirt freshman in 2008, he started at right tackle. In 2009, he started at left guard. In both 2010 and 2011, he started at right guard and center. As a senior, he was an honorable mention on the all-SEC team and graded out as a "champion" against BCS title game foes Alabama and LSU, upon film review by the coaches. He finished his career by starting all 50 games.

Andrew Tiller, Syracuse (6-5, 334): The two-year starting guard helped lead 1,000-yard rushers in 2010 and 2011 and was named first-team all-Big East as a senior. After playing a year of junior-college ball, Tiller arrived at Syracuse in 2009 tipping the scales at 408 pounds following ankle surgery, and he was listed at 360 for the start of the 2009 season.

Johnnie Troutman, Penn State (6-4, 314): Troutman was a three-year starter at left guard. Troutman started 24 consecutive games and a total of 32 for his career. He paved the way for the two 1,000-yard rushers, including the program's all-time leading ground gainer, Evan Royster, and 2011 second-team all-Big Ten runner Silas Redd.

Desmond Wynn, Rutgers (6-5, 295): Wynn started 12 games at left guard as a senior and was named second-team all-Big East. Also started 12 games as a junior. Midway through his redshirt freshman season, Wynn was moved from defensive line to offensive line. Wynn was a pass-catching tight end in high school and recalled telling coach Greg Schiano that he'd "maybe blocked twice in my whole life."

Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin (6-4, 315): Zeitler closed his career with a bang, earning some first-team All-American accolades. A three-year starter at right guard, he was first-team all-Big Ten as a senior and honorable mention as a junior. He was also a Big Ten academic choice as a junior and senior. In 2011, the Badgers led the conference in rushing and total offense. He's considered a better prospect than former teammate John Mofitt, who was selected in the third round by Seattle last year. Josh Oglesby, a tackle in this draft class, said Zeitler would get "99 percent" of his teammates' votes if asked to choose the team's hardest-working player.

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