Bill's Combine Research: Off. Line II

In Part 2 of our look at the 58 offensive linemen who will be testing and talking at the Scouting Combine, we introduce you to several small-school stars, the sons of a couple NFL fathers and Alabama's incomparable Barrett Jones.

A total of 333 players will be at the Scouting Combine, which begins Feb. 20 in Indianapolis. We're sharing our homework as we get ready for the big week. In Part 10, here is the second half of the 58-deep class of offensive linemen.

Oscar Johnson, Louisiana Tech: Johnson (6-6, 330) was second-team all-WAC. Johnson spent two seasons at a junior college before transferring to Tech. He played right guard as a junior before playing left tackle as a senior, when Tech led the nation in scoring. He was ejected in a November game against Texas-San Antonio.

Jamaal Johnson-Webb, Alabama A&M: Johnson-Webb (6-6, 306) stared at left guard as a redshirt freshman before anchoring at left tackle for his final three seasons. He's first player from the program, which produced the Colts' Robert Mathis, to be invited to the Combine. His head coach was Anthony Jones, a former NFL tight end. Johnson-Webb played basketball growing up and didn't play football until his senior year of high school.

Barrett Jones, Alabama: Jones capped a brilliant career in style by winning the Rimington Award, which goes to the nation's top center, and won the William V. Campbell Award (aka, the Academic Heisman) as the nation's top student-athlete. He also was a consensus first-team All-American. He sustained a Lisfranc foot injury in the SEC Championship but played through it in that game as well as the national championship game before having surgery. He started at center as a senior, at left tackle as a junior – when he won the Outland Trophy as the nation's top center – and at right guard as a freshman and sophomore. He won national championships at three positions. If playing center is about intelligence, Jones has it in spades: The Academic All-American had a 4.0 GPA in all nine semesters.

Edmund Kugbila, Valdosa State: Kugbila (6-5, 347) was a three-year starter and two-year Division All-American. The guard recorded 64 knockdowns and didn't allow a sack in 14 games, according to the school. Kugbila grew up in Ghana and was pulled out of school one day in 2000 when his family won a visa lottery, allowing it to move to the States. During training for the Combine, he apparently has lost 30 pounds.

P.J. Lonergan, LSU: Lonergan (6-4, 305) was a three-year starter. He was on the early list of candidates for the Rimington Award but didn't receive any all-conference recognition as a senior. He's one of the strongest players on the team. His dad and uncle played football for LSU.

Kyle Long, Oregon: Long (6-7, 311) is the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long and the brother of St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long. Long, who started four games at left guard as a senior, landed at Florida State – not as blocker but as a pitcher with a 96 mph fastball. Long enjoyed too much of the good life in Tallahassee and dropped out of school to get his life back in order. After taking some classes at a community college, Long enrolled at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif. He played defensive end in 2010 before moving to offensive tackle in 2011.

Joe Madsen, West Virginia: Madsen (6-4, 305) started all 50 career games at center, though he missed the Pinstripe Bowl after being deemed academically ineligible. He was second-team all-Big 12 this season, even while dealing with his mom being diagnosed with breast cancer. When West Virginia beat Baylor 70-63 behind Geno Smith's 656 passing yards and eight touchdown passes, it was Madsen who was selected the team's offensive MVP by the coaches.

Lamar Mady, Youngstown State: Mady (6-3, 314) was an honorable mention on the all-Missouri Valley Conference squad at right guard as a senior. Before arriving at Youngstown, Mady was an all-conference player for Butler County Community College, which played for the 2010 national championship. No Youngstown player has been drafted since Harry Diligianis went in the fourth round in 1998.

Luke Marquardt, Azusa-Pacific: Marquardt (6-9, 322) played quarterback as a high school freshman before focusing on basketball. A knee injury ruined that dream. He enrolled at Division II Azusa-Pacific – famous for producing Christian Okoyke – and met with the football coach, who was impressed by Marquardt's height and athleticism. He got a shot at tight end and broke his foot in the second game of his redshirt freshman season. He's gained about 90 pounds in his transition to the offensive line. The offensive line coach at Azusa-Pacific is Hall of Fame lineman Jackie Slater.

Stephane Milhim, Massachusetts: Milhim (6-5, 315) was third-team all-Colonial Athletic Conference as a junior but didn't receive any honors as the program stepped up a level to the Mid-American Conference as a senior. Milhim was born in Florida but moved shortly thereafter to Haiti, where he spent the next 10 years. He grew up playing soccer. Before his freshman year of high school, one of the football coaches grabbed him and suggested he report to the start of football practice the following week.

Jordan Mills, Louisiana Tech: Mills (6-6, 315) started nine games his first two seasons before becoming the full-time starter at right tackle. He was first-team all-WAC as a senior. A late addition to the Senior Bowl roster, he showed a nasty disposition during his abbreviated stay. He is a cousin of Packers cornerback Tramon Williams.

Xavier Nixon, Florida: Nixon (6-6, 314) started 33 games during his career, including 11 starts as a senior, when he was third-team all-SEC. He was benched during an early-season game against Kentucky because of inconsistent play. As a sophomore, an illness caused Nixon's weight to drop to 245. He won the Maxwell Award as the state's top offensive lineman as a senior in Fayetteville, N.C. Both of his parents served in the Middle East.

Vince Painter, Virginia Tech: The strong and athletic Painter (6-6, 304) was a four-star recruit who didn't put it together until his senior season by earning all-ACC honorable mention. He opened his career at Tech as a defensive lineman before moving to guard. As a sophomore, he moved to guard, and became a starter for the first time as a senior at right tackle.

Justin Pugh, Syracuse: Early entrant. Pugh (6¬-5, 298) was a three-year starter at left tackle and a first-team all-Big East selection at left tackle his final two seasons. He earned those accolades as a senior despite missing the first four games after offseason shoulder surgery. He earned his degree, which allowed him to make history as the first non-senior to play in the Senior Bowl. His 31 1/2-inch arms will give scouts pause before drafting him to play tackle.

David Quessenberry, San Jose State: Quessenberry (6-6, 295) was first-team all-WAC at left tackle and made 37 career starts. He was one of three finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, which goes to the best FBS player who began his career as a nonscholarship player. The trophy is named after Brandon Burlsworth, a walk-on at Arkansas who became an All-American but died in a car crash shortly after being drafted by the Colts. At the Senior Bowl, he played tackle as well as the interior spots. He faced his brother, Paul, an outside linebacker for Navy this season. Their father spent 30 years in the service. A younger brother, Scott, will play on the line for UCLA.

Brian Schwenke, California: Schwenke (6-3, 307) started 36 of a possible 37 games over his final three seasons at Cal. All of his action at center came during his senior season, when he was named first-team all-Pac-12 and was runner-up for the Morris Trophy, which goes to the conference's best blocker. Schwenke had never played center in his life but was thrust into action due to injuries.

Matt Stankiewitch, Penn State: Stankiewitch (6-3, 301) started all 25 games the previous two seasons. He was one of five finalists for the Rimington Award and was first-team all-Big Ten at center as a senior for an offense that topped the conference in yards and was second in scoring. Toughness runs in the family.

Dallas Thomas, Tennessee: Thomas (6-5, 310) started every game at left tackle as a sophomore and junior before moving to guard as a senior. He was selected second-team all-conference as a senior and third-team All-America by During his five seasons in Knoxville, Thomas had three head coaches and four line coaches.

Hugh Thornton, Illinois: Thornton (6-5, 310) started at right tackle as a true freshman and at guard as a sophomore and junior before making 10 starts at left tackle as a senior. He was second-team all-Big Ten this season. Thornton moved to Jamaica when he was 7. It's no longer an island paradise, though. One day when he was 12, he arrived home to see his mother and sister stabbed to death. At Oberlein (Ohio) High, he was an all-state football player and the state's third-best heavyweight wrestler. He was a two-time state champion wrestler when he lived in Idaho.

J.C. Tretter, Cornell: Tretter (6-4, 300) was an all-state quarterback and the career leader in scoring and rebounding in basketball at Akron (N.Y.) Central High. He caught five passes during two seasons as a tight end at Cornell before moving to left tackle. As a senior, Tretter was first-team all-Ivy League – the first such honor for a Cornell offensive lineman since the Giants' Keith Boothe in 2005 – and a third-team FCS All-American. His father, David, also played for Cornell.

Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin: Wagner (6-6, 317) was an honorable mention right tackle on the all-Big Ten team as sophomore and junior before making 14 starts at left tackle as a senior. He was the state's top-ranked tight end out of West Allis (Wis.) Hale and walked on at Wisconsin. Before his sophomore season, he was given a scholarship and moved to tackle.

Larry Warford, Kentucky: As a senior, Warford (6-3, 343) was first-team all-SEC and a third-team All-American. He's the first All-American lineman for Kentucky since Mike Pfeifer in 1989. He didn't allow a sack all season, according to the team. He was second-team all-conference as a sophomore and junior. A cousin, Paul Warford, is a former Kentucky cornerback.

Chance Warmack, Alabama: Warmack (6-3, 320), a former three-star recruit as a 350-pounder out of Westlake High in Atlanta, was a unanimous first-team all-SEC and first-team All-American. He made 39 career starts, all at left guard. A big guy, after games Warmack likes to show his belly to fans. He calls it "Warmacking." Why does he have a big belly? Perhaps because he can eat two of these.

Earl Watford, James Madison: Watford (6-4, 295) was a first-team FCS All-American as a senior, a two-time all-Colonial Conference first-teamer and a three-year starting guard. called him the best small-school offensive lineman. He missed the East-West Shrine Game because of a groin injury. Watford graduated with one major (communication sciences and disorders) and three minors.

Menelik Watson, Florida State: Watson (6-6, 320) was an honorable mention on the all-ACC team. Watson was born in Manchester, England, so the only football he knew was the European variety played by Manchester United. A basketball standout, he landed a scholarship from Marist. Too small to make a living playing basketball to get his family back home out of poverty, he gave boxing a shot but thought football might be his ticket. He landed at Saddleback College – the same school that Kyle Long went to in resurrecting his career. He quickly impressed colleges and enrolled at Florida State. He started at right tackle in his lone season at Florida State.

Jason Weaver, Southern Mississippi: Weaver (6-5, 305) started 25 games and was an honorable mention on the Conference USA team as a senior. He played right tackle in 2011 and left tackle in 2012. Weaver's 2010 season ended with a knee injury and was granted a medical redshirt to compete in 2012.

John Wetzel, Boston College: Wetzel (6-8, 302) started at left tackle as a junior (replacing first-round pick Anthony Castonzo) and right tackle as a senior. He's a brown belt in karate and once broke a backboard with a dunk.

Brennan Williams, North Carolina: Williams (6-7, 315) missed the final four games of his senior season with a torn labrum but was an honorable mention at right tackle on the all-ACC team, anyway. His father, Brent, was an NFL defensive lineman for 11 seasons and tallied 45.5 sacks and 120 starts for the Patriots, Seahawks and Jets. A brother, Camren, was a freshman linebacker at Ohio State.

Brian Winters, Kent State: Winters (6-6, 294) was a four-year starting tackle. He earned all-MAC recognition his final three years, including to the first team at left tackle as a senior, when he helped the Flashes reach their first bowl game in 40 years. He was the first Kent State player to be selected to the Senior Bowl since 1998. At Hudson (Ohio) High, he was a teammate of former Wisconsin and current Lions lineman Bill Nagy.

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