<P>Joe Andruzzi, the most recognizable name on the Patriots offensive line, moved to Ohio this off-season primarily because the Patriots are determined not to overpay for players. Andruzzi, a native East Coast guy, wanted to return to New England, but it was not in the cards. His departure leaves a hole on the line the team will likely fill from within.</P><P>If they decide to find a lineman in the Draft, just who would they look at? Scout's Draft experts profile some
of the candidates.</P>
Combine Session Report: Offensive Linemen
NFL Combine session reviews of the Offensive Lineman
who worked out in Indianapolis this year.
Anthony Alabi/TCU: Light on feet,
quick footed and active. Moved very well throughout the session.
Calvin Armstrong/Washington State: Not overly athletic and looked uncomfortable in anything
other then a very small area. Struggled changing direction. To his credit picked
it up as the session continued and displayed good footwork sliding laterally late
in the practice.
Khalif Barnes/Washington: Looked incredibly athletic with
outstanding footwork. Very active and moved well laterally. Significantly improved
his already rising draft stock.
Joe Berger/Michigan Tech: Very stiff, lacking
footwork and lateral movement skills. Good size but lumbers around the field.
C.J. Brooks/Maryland: Didnt look overly athletic but to his credit
displayed decent footwork and the ability to slide laterally.
Jason Brown/North Carolina: Looked very stiff and struggled with his footwork. Not natural in space,
struggled laterally and had trouble moving sideline-to-sideline.
Haphazard in his movement, lacks sideline to sideline footwork and was not comfortable
in space. Gave top effort yet struggled throughout the session.
Very stiff with his footwork and looked limited in space. Effective with his hands
and showed good punch.
Jonathan Clinkscale/Wisconsin: Keeps his feet moving
throughout the drills and looks rather athletic. Light on his feet and good movement
Jon Colon/Florida: Big, lumbering and struggled laterally or moving
in any direction other than straight ahead. Had a bad session and watched his
Dan Connolly/SE Mizzu State: Solid footwork and movement skills
in space. Can shuffle or slide laterally and kept his feet moving. Good session.
Junius Coston/North Carolina A&T: Displayed decent footwork in space,
movement skills and fluid sideline to sideline.
Harvey Dahl/Nevada: Bends
knees and stayed low. Keeps his feet moving. Stiff upper body but overall did
a good job.
Jon Dunn/Virginia Tech: Quick footed and very active. Looked
athletic on the field and had a good session.
Not fluid, mechanical and struggled changing direction.
Dylan Gandy/Texas Tech: Quick footed, moves well laterally and fluid. Showed the ability to effortlessly
slide in space.
Justin Geisinger/Vanderbilt: Surprisingly light on his
feet with the ability to slide laterally. Moved well for a man with such a compact
Eric Ghiaciuc/Central Michigan: Very stiff moving laterally, tight
in his lower body and lacked quick feet. Very mechanical.
Dakota: Looked good and worked very hard. Lacks top lateral slide skills and limited
in space. Needs to improve his flexibility.
Quick footed, fluid laterally, stays square and bends knees. Looked very athletic
on the field, until he hurt his knee towards the end of the session.
Marcus Johnson/Mississippi: Adequate footwork and looked very good in space. Stiff in
his upper body and a little mechanical.
Nick Kaczur/Toldeo: Really struggled
moving laterally and looked awful in space. More stepping then actual sliding
in pass protections drills. Did nothing to make people believe he can play left
tackle at the next level.
Chris Kemoeatu/Utah: Displayed good footwork
and decent ability in space. Surprisingly athletic.
Michigan: Struggled with his footwork, looking neither natural nor fluid in space.
Hurt his draft stock.
Sam Lightbody/Washington State: Keeps his feet moving
and looked much better then expected. Significantly helped himself.
Loper/Texas Tech: Not overly athletic. Some ability to shuffle and slide laterally
yet not fluid in space.
Logan Mankins/Fresno State: Outstanding quickness
in all aspects. Excellent with hands. Solid skills sliding laterally and good
Evan Mathis/Alabama: Quick setting in pass protection and
practiced with good techniques.
Anthony Munoz/Tennessee: Struggled with
his footwork and showed marginal blocking range. Lacks fluid movement skills.
Frank Omiyale/Tennesse Tech: Solid athlete and moved very well. Must improve
his overall technique as he steps out rather than sliding out in pass protection.
Doug Nienhuis/Oregon State: Worked his feet in pass protection. Adequate
job blocking the edge. Worked hard and showed good movement skills.
Jeremy Parquet/Southern Miss: Not fluid in his movements and lacked balance. Was all
over the place and seemingly did too much thinking.
Lacks natural footwork sliding off the edge and was overextending into blocks.
Leon Robinson/Georgia Tech: Decent punch with hands. Hesitant mentally,
heavy legged and slow sliding out. Lacked blocking range.
Washington: Looked stiff with his footwork and not as good as expected. Overall
a very good athlete with solid quickness.
Adam Snyder/Oregon: Lacks top
blocking range. Not quick. Great job shadowing opponents during hand drills.
Chris Spencer/Mississippi: Showed outstanding quickness and explosion. Quick off the
snap, keeps his feet moving yet patient. Explosive with his hands.
Stietz/Oregon: Quick off the snap and displayed some ability to slide laterally.
Excellent footwork in a small area and applauded by coaches throughout the session.
Claude Terrell/New Mexico: Looked heavy legged yet ironically moves well
for such a big man. Decent athlete. Worked hard.
Sam Wilder/Colorado: Not
pretty but got the job done. Not quick laterally and was unable to move in anything
other than a small area.
Ray Willis/Florida State: Lacked fluid footwork
in space and had trouble changing direction. Works to bend knees and play with
Scott Young/BYU: Displayed great jolt and explosion at the point.
Quick footwork with the ability to change direction. Keeps his feet active but
does more actual hoping than sliding. Good lateral movement skills.