The tight ends, offensive linemen, and special teams all went through their workouts on Saturday. Some headlines were made and others weren’t, but like all things any press is good press, right? Even if you don’t do so hot. Well, we’re here to focus on the guys who did help their draft stock. Here are your winners from the first workout day of the combine:
Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas Pine Bluff
- Raise your hand if you even knew there was a school in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. I didn’t even know it was a place until I saw Armstead run. Armstead ran the 40 yard dash in a ridiculously good (unofficial) 4.65. The 6’4″ 306 pound lineman can really fly and brought all eyes to him during the first day of workouts. 40 times don’t matter as much for offensive linemen, but man did it turn the attention. It may be tough to top Armstead coming out of nowhere to steal the spotlight.
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
- A lineman who has been rising on draft boards already, Johnson did a good job of impressing with his overall athleticism. Having been a tight end before transitioning to offensive line, Johnson has athletic ability that many of the big boys up front simply don’t have. Perhaps the best proof of that was his 40 yard dash time which came in at a quick 4.75.
Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
- Not working out until Monday, Te’o has managed to sneak back into the headlines. As mentioned before, all press is good press. The Te’o hoax may continue to steal the show enough for everyone to overlook Te’o disappearing in the National Championship against Alabama. He should ride the attention and try to put up some average numbers to go with it. He has successfully gotten all eyes back on him, now he needs to follow through.
– Luke N. Sims
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