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2011 NFL Combine: Offensive Lineman That Have A Lot To Gain And Lose

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This years class of offensive lineman does not seem to be as deep, and as good as last years crop. The big guys are what make and break any particular game on both sides of the ball. Having a successful offensive line is the corner stone to having a good offense. The other positions surrounding those guys up front are what can potentially make an offense potent. But without the meat, teams will always face defeat.

The combine will look at a few different things in regards to the lineman. Arm length, size, and lateral movement are three key elements that scouts and coaches will be looking at for offensive tackles. Agility, speed, and aggressiveness are things they will look for at the guard and center positions.

Even though this years crop of linemen look to be a bit on the thin side, there will still be some solid picks early on.

The Senior Bowl may not be the best measuring stick for every single position, but it is however for the linemen. A lot can be seen in technique and the rest of those things mentioned above. There are a magnitude of things that go in to the evaluation process. And every tiny detail will be looked at under the microscope.

This may not be a need for every single team out there, but for some of the teams out there it is a top priority.

Below, we'll take a look at some of the guys this year that have quite a bit to gain, and then some who have a bit more to lose.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Most to gain:

Mike Pouncey (Florida - Guard), 6'4", 312 LBS: Pouncey, twin brother to Maurkice (who has already established himself as on of the top centers in the league) will be looked at ver closely at the combine. People will be curious to see just how close to his brother he can be. Mike will most likely be a second rounder, but if he impresses scouts enough, who knows? The sky is the limit for him and his fate is in his own hands.

Marcus Cannon (TCU - Tackle), 6'5", 350 LBS: Cannon is a huge tackle that can deliver a blow like a cannon. He needs to show that he can move laterally. His strength is definitely in the run game. However, TCU ran a lot of spread offense with a lot of passing attached to that. So Cannon is going to have to come out of the gates with a great performance if he wants to boost his stock. But because of the size and arm length, if he can prove to be agile on top of that, he'll go much higher than he is currently rated.

Rodney Hudson (Florida State - Guard), 6'2", 295 LBS: Hudson was considered to be one of the best guards last year. Had he come out then, it would have been a toss up between him and Iupati as to who was selected first. Because Florida State struggled this past year, and the offensive line had trouble at times playing as a unit, it put Hudson in a bad position. Consequently, this made his stock fall some. He's still up there, but he defintely can stand to gain some ground.

Most to lose:

Derek Sherrod (Mississippi State - Tackle), 6'6", 315 LBS: Sherrod on most boards is considered the number one or two tackle in this draft. So expectations are set very high. Next to the rest of the prospects, when it is even competition that will tell us just how good Sherrod is. And more importantly, tell us how good his tangibles are. But the most important factor for Sherrod will be measuring him against other guys. Should he not do as well as some of the other guys who currently sit just behind him, he could slip some in the upcoming draft.

Nate Solder (Colorado - Tackle): 6'8", 318 LBS: There haven't been too many people that are warm on the idea of Solder being a number one prospect at his position. They usually fall to one side or the other to the extreme. Some folks are hot and others pretty cold in regards to his talent. Chances are that one of the top three prospects at this specific position will fall, and fall hard. Since Solder is sitting on such a wobbly fence, he must have a solid performance at the combine to at least make some of those "pretty cold" feel a bit warmer.

Anthony Castonzo (Boston College - Tackle), 6'6", 305 LBS: It is the general consensus in most places around that Castonzo is the top rated prospect at his position. But if he doesn't do too well, and other guys do, he is the most at risk to go downward on the boards considering that he is already at the top. He will most likely secure that spot, but then again you just never know.

Here are there rest of the guys that were invited:

ARKIN, DAVID

MISSOURI ST

1

OL1

OT

CASTONZO, ANTHONY

BOSTON COL

1

OL10

OT

CHISOLM, GARRETT

SOUTH CAROLINA

1

OL11

OT

DAVIS, JOSHUA

JOSH

GEORGIA

1

OL12

OT

DOMINGUEZ, RAY

ARKANSAS

1

OL13

OT

FRANKLIN, ORLANDO

MIAMI-FL

1

OL14

OT

FUSCO, BRANDON

SLIPPERY ROCK

1

OL15

OC

GILBERT, MARCUS

FLORIDA

1

OL16

OT

GRANT, ADAM

ARIZONA

1

OL17

OT

HAIRSTON, CHRISTIAN

CHRIS

CLEMSON

1

OL18

OT

HENRY, RICHARD

RICKY

NEBRASKA

1

OL19

OG

BARKSDALE, JOSEPH

JOE

LOUISIANA ST

1

OL2

OT

HIX, KYLE

TEXAS

1

OL20

OT

HUDSON, RODNEY

FLORIDA ST

1

OL21

OG

HUGHES, KEVIN

SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA

1

OL22

OT

HURD, ZACHARY

ZACH

CONNECTICUT

1

OL23

OG

HURT, MAURICE

FLORIDA

2

OL24

OG

IJALANA, BENJAMIN

BEN

VILLANOVA

2

OL25

OT

JACKSON, ANDREW

FRESNO ST

2

OL26

OG

JOHNSON, CARL

FLORIDA

2

OL27

OG

KELCE, JASON

CINCINNATI

2

OL28

OC

KILGORE, DANIEL

APPALACHIAN ST

2

OL29

OT

BARTHOLOMEW, RYAN

SYRACUSE

1

OL3

OC

KING, JARRIEL

SOUTH CAROLINA

2

OL30

OT

LAPHAM, RICHARD

RICH

BOSTON COL

2

OL31

OT

LINNENKOHL, ALEXANDER

ALEX

OREGON ST

2

OL32

OC

LOVE, DEMARCUS

ARKANSAS

2

OL33

OT

MOFFITT, JOHN

WISCONSIN

2

OL34

OG

NEWTON, DEREK

ARKANSAS ST

2

OL35

OT

O'DOWD, KRISTOFER

KRIS

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

2

OL36

OC

PERSON, MICHAEL

MIKE

MONTANA ST

2

OL37

OT

PINKSTON, JASON

PITTSBURGH

2

OL38

OT

POUNCEY, JAMES

MIKE

FLORIDA

2

OL39

OC

BOLING, CLINT

GEORGIA

1

OL4

OT

RACKLEY, WILLIAM

WILL

LEHIGH

2

OL40

OT

REID, JAH

CENTRAL FLORIDA

2

OL41

OT

SCHILLING, STEVE

MICHIGAN

2

OL42

OG

SCHLAUDERAFF, CALEB

UTAH

2

OL43

OG

SHERROD, DEREK

MISSISSIPPI ST

2

OL44

OT

SMITH, TYRON

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

2

OL45

OT

SMITH, WILLIE

EAST CAROLINA

2

OL46

OT

SOLDER, NATHANIEL

NATE

COLORADO

2

OL47

OT

TAYLOR, ZANE

UTAH

2

OL48

OC

THOMPSON, ISAIAH

HOUSTON

2

OL49

OG

BOREN, JUSTIN

OHIO ST

1

OL5

OG

VANDERVELDE, JULIAN

IOWA

2

OL50

OG

WATKINS, DANIEL

DANNY

BAYLOR

2

OL51

OT

WILLIAMS, KEITH

NEBRASKA

2

OL52

OG

WILLIAMS, ZACHARY

ZACK

WASHINGTON ST

2

OL53

OC

WISNIEWSKI, STEFEN

PENN ST

2

OL54

OG

ZIEMBA, DANIEL

LEE

AUBURN

2

OL55

OT

BREWER, JAMES

INDIANA

1

OL6

OT

CANNON, MARCUS

TEXAS CHRISTIAN

1

OL7

OT

CARIMI, GABRIEL

GABE

WISCONSIN

1

OL8

OT

CARPENTER, JAMES

ALABAMA

1

OL9

OT