Combine: Big 12 OL Could Be A Fit

The New England Patriots are doing the meet and greet with a lot of players in Indianapolis. One player who is on the radar is rated slightly ahead of a Big East linemen they've been hot on the heels of since The Senior Bowl. With questions as to the status of a number of interior linemen, this Big-12 product could be a good fit for the team, that is if he's still available when they pick. Scout.com interviewed this prospect who is considered by many scouts, a "safe pick."

Offensive linemen have received plenty of attention at the Indianapolis Combine, with guard Davin Joseph getting plenty of play. Joseph, an intimidating lineman from Oklahoma is a talent who improved his stock on the field at the Senior Bowl in January.

In Indianapolis, Joseph has had the opportunity to speak with NFL team personnel, with additional interviews scheduled in the upcoming days.

"While at the Senior Bowl I had the opportunity to take advantage of the professional coaching. Most of the pro coaches are telling me I will be a guard at the next level," Joseph said. "I am a competitor, I am a guard, but I am progressing to play center."

During Senior Bowl week, Joseph had the rare opportunity to talk shop with a handful of head coaches and team scouts. Joseph is at a critical stage of the evaluation process, with numerous teams looking to improve the interior offensive line.

The Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, and Oakland Raiders quickly took Joseph aside to meet and greet. Looked at as a solid prospect at guard, many teams like the potential versatility and mental approach the Sooner product provides. Coming from a successful program, under a high-respected coach (Bob Stoops), Joseph is a safe pick in the eyes of many scouts.

While many players have 'red-flags' tagged to them due to medical reports, Joseph is relatively clear of any injury issues, Scout.com has learned.


Saturday Results:

Davin Joseph/G/Oklahoma

- Measured in at 6’5 ½/311 pounds.
- Did 24 reps at 225 pounds.
- Ran a 5.09 in the 40.
- Has met with about 14 teams.
- Says he is an NFL guard and could play some center despite playing tackle in college.
- Played at 320 and has been working out at Athlete’s Performance in Arizona.
- Talked to the Dolphins at the Senior Bowl.
- Says his experience with wrestling and playing on the defensive line has helped him on the offensive line.
- He has a 2-year-old son.
- Tore his PCL a couple of years ago.


Scouting Report:

Pos: Leverage blocker devastating at the point of attack. Quick off the snap, displays blocking vision and large enough to engulf defenders. Displays great explosion and jolt, turning opponents off the line or burying them into the ground. Gets push from run blocks or anchors in pass protection. Keeps feet moving throughout the action. Solid job helping out teammates. Alert lineman Good position blocker. Not quick pulling across the line of scrimmage yet displays ability blocking in motion.

Neg: Stiff and lacks top footwork. Not overly effective on the second level.

Analysis: A consistent performer in college who’s shown terrific progression, Joseph possesses excellent size and growth potential. Technically sound while also possessing football smarts. A top 40 pick in April's draft who could immediately find playing time as a rookie in the NFL.


Related: Profile || Senior Bowl North Team Practice Report || Sooners Illustrated Interview

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