Scouting Combine Research: OL, Part 4

Part 4 of our 50-player overview of the offensive linemen at the Scouting Combine is topped by Auburn's Greg Robinson and Stanford's David Yankey. Plus, two top centers, a small-school sleeper whose father played for the Packers and the winner of the Academic Heisman.

T Greg Robinson, Auburn: Early entrant. Robinson (6-5, 320) was first-team all-SEC during a dominant 2013 season. "I've not had one like him," Auburn's line coach, J.B. Grimes, told NFL.com. "I've had some really, really good players, probably coached somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 guys that have gone on to either play in the NFL or at least gotten into camps, but I've never had one with the skill-set he has got." Robinson wasn't always big. He called himself a "fast little dude" who played basketball and competed in track. A cousin suffered a broken neck while playing high school football, so Robinson's mother wouldn't let him play. Instead, he threw the shot put as a high school freshman. "Really, I snuck it on her," Robinson said. "One day I didn't come home from school, and I was at football practice. A lot of guys on the football team talked me into it. Trovon (Reed, a teammate in high school and a quarterback at Auburn) was one of them, and a few others."

T Michael Schofield, Michigan: Schofield (6-4, 303) started at right tackle the past two seasons after starting at left guard in 2011. Playing second-fiddle to touted left tackle Taylor Lewan didn't bother Schofield. "I'm not mad about it," he told the Detroit News at the at the Senior Bowl. "I've always kind of been the shy guy, and Taylor is obviously the attention guy. I like that he's always the one that has to deal with the media and everything while I can just go in the background and get my job done."

G Anthony Steen, Alabama: Steen (6-2, 310), who was second-team all-SEC as a senior and a three-year starter, missed Alabama's bowl game and the Senior Bowl because of a torn labrum. He was named the SEC's Offensive Lineman of the Week after the Tide set a school record with 668 total yards against Kentucky.

C James Stone, Tennessee: Stone (6-3, 291) started 39 games for his career, including the final 24. He was named to the Rimington Award watch list before the season but never earned postseason accolades in the rugged SEC. The left-handed Stone does normal snapping with his right hand and shotgun snaps with his left. At one point, he was benched because of his errant shotgun snaps.

C Bryan Stork, Florida State: Stork (6-4, 306) cleaned up on the awards circuit. Not only was he a consensus All-American but he won the Rimington Award as the nation's top center. He started the final 40 games of his career. He helped hold Pitt's Aaron Donald, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner, and Clemson All-America Vic Beasley to just four tackles and one tackle for loss. "If I wasn't going to play football, I wanted to be a pilot," Stork said from the USS Battleship Alabama Memorial Park during Senior Bowl Media Night. "This stuff is amazing. My dad was a pilot, and I grew up flying with him. That was a fun time. Aviation fascinates me — more than football, really. I wanted to do this growing up. That was my first dream. The thing is I can't fit into any of these things. I tried to get my license a couple of years ago, and I didn't fit in."

G Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA: Early entrant. Su'a-Filo (6-3, 305) was a three-year starter for the Bruins — at left tackle as a freshman in 2009, at left guard as a sophomore in 2012 and seven games at left guard and six at left tackle as a junior in 2013. He was a second-team All-American in 2012 and 2013. In between, he went on a two-year Mormon mission in Alabama and Florida. "He's special,," said Bruins coach Jim Mora, who made it his first order of business upon being hired by UCLA to re-recruit Su'a-Filo. "He was voted last year as a captain. ... To think he was voted a captain after not being around for two years. A lot of these guys didn't know him. That's the kind of impact he can make immediately."

C Travis Swanson, Arkansas: Swanson (6-5, 310) started all 50 games of his career, tied for the second-longest active streak in the nation. Swanson was a finalist for the Rimington Award, which goes to the nation's top center, and the first-team all-SEC center. He was just the 11th player in program history to be a two-year captain, and he was a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award. Florida's Damien Jacobs accused Swanson of playing dirty, to which Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said, "I definitely encourage aggressive, tough behavior (but) nothing cheap."

G Brandon Thomas, Clemson: Thomas (6-4, 316) was a three-year starter, including his final two seasons at left tackle. He was first-team all-ACC for both of those seasons and a two-time member of the ACC's Academic Honor Roll. When he squared off against South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney in 2012, Clowney had 4.5 sacks. In a rematch in 2013, Clowney had one sack, with the blame for that one falling on quarterback Tajh Boyd.

G Trai Turner, Louisiana State: Early entrant. Turner (6-3, 316) was second-team all-SEC in 2013. After redshirting in 2011, he started 20 games during his two seasons. He wore No. 56 because he liked watching the Pouncey twins at Florida.

T Billy Turner, North Dakota State: Turner (6-5, 316) is a two-time first-team FCS All-American and the 2013 FCS Offensive Lineman of the Year. He started 56 of 57 career games to help the team win three consecutive national championships. He started the season by dominating Kansas State and had a strong week at the Senior Bowl. His father, Maurice Turner, was drafted by the Vikings in 1983 and played three games for the Packers in 1985. A brother, Bryan Kehl, was drafted by the Giants as a linebacker in 2008 and has played in 72 career games in six seasons. The first time a couple of North Dakota State assistants saw Turner was during a game of dodgeball. He can throw a football farther than the starting quarterback, and he flashed a 90 mph fastball as a pitcher in high school.

G John Urschel, Penn State: Urschel (6-3, 317) won the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy — better known as the Academic Heisman. The two-time Academic All-American received $25,000 for postgraduate work. On the field, he was a two-time all-Big Ten first-team selection and a third-team All-American as a senior. Urschel earned a 4.0 grade-point average throughout his Penn State career. He earned his degree in math in three years, graduated with a master's degree in math in one year, and is working on another master's degree in math education. In addition to playing as a senior, he taught Math 232 — integral vector calculus. He's had one paper published and another accepted for publication in the journal Celestial Mechanics and Dynamic Astronomy. He has a T-shirt that reads: "There are 10 kinds of people: Those who understand binary and those who don't." If you don't understand, click the link to that USA Today story.

G Chris Watt, Notre Dame: Watt (6-3, 321) was a three-year starter at guard. He was first-team all-Independent as a junior and senior. Watt missed the bowl game with a knee sprain after playing through a torn PCL.' G David Yankey, Stanford: Early entrant. Yankey (6-5, 314) was a consensus All-American in each of his final two seasons, at left guard in 2013 and mostly at left tackle in 2012. Against Oregon State in 2012, he played both guard spots, both tackle spots and tight end. Yankey's backstory is written by Rand McNally.His mother was born in the former Czechoslovakia. His father was born in Ghana. "I moved when I was only 8," he said in December, "so I didn't really get an Australian accent. But I didn't get a southern accent, either. Missed out on both cool accents."


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