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New Orleans Saints NFL Combine Prospects: Offensive Line Top Performers

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The New Orleans Saints may turn to the draft in an attempt to fill a couple of voids along the offensive line, specifically the guard position.  With the lineman wrapping up their workouts at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, let’s take a look at Friday’s top performers.

40-Yard Dash:

1. Ali Marpet, OT, G, C, Hobart – 4.98 secs

2. Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon – 5.01 secs

3. Laurence Gibson, OT, Virginia Tech – 5.04 secs

4. Brandon Scherff, OG, Iowa – 5.05 secs

5. Terry Poole, OG, San Diego State – 5.09 secs

Bench Press (225 LBS):

1. Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami – 37 reps

2. Mitch Morse, OG, Missouri – 36 reps

3. Sean Hickey, OT, Syracuse – 35 reps

4. Mark Glowinski, OG, West Virginia – 31 reps

5. Ali Marpet, OT, G, C, Hobart /Cameron Erving, C, Florida State – 30 reps

Vertical Jump (Height):

1. Laurence Gibson, OT, Virginia Tech – 33.5 inches

2. T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh / Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon / Rob Crisp, OT, N.C. State – 32.5 inches

3. Donovan Smith, OG, Penn State / Andrew Donnal, OT, Iowa – 32.0 inches

4. Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke – 31.5 inches

5. Mitch Morse, OG, Missouri / D.J. Humphries, OG, FloridaTerry Poole, OG, San Diego State / Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford – 31.0 inches

Broad Jump (Distance):

1. Mark Glowinski, OG, West Virginia / Laurence Gibson, OT, Virginia Tech / Terry Poole, OG, San Diego State – 113.0 inches

2. Mitch Morse, OG, Missouri / Cameron Erving, C, Florida State – 112.0 inches

3. T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh – 111.0 inches

4. Donovan Smith, OG, Penn State – 109.0 inches

5. La’el Collins, OT, LSUAli Marpet, OT, G, C, Hobart – 108.0 inches

3 Cone Drill:

1. Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon – 7.25 secs

2. Ali Marpet, OT, G, C, Hobart – 7.33 secs

3. Cameron Erving, C, Florida State – 7.48 secs

4. Jarvis Harrison, OG, Texas A&M – 7.51 secs

5. Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State – 7.54 secs

20-Yard Shuffle:

1. Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon – 4.33 secs

2. Ali Marpet, OT, G, C, Hobart – 4.47 secs

3. Mitch Morse, OG, Missouri – 4.50 secs

4. T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh – 4.54 secs

5. Laurence Gibson, OT, Virginia Tech – 4.56 secs

And my big winner award goes to…..

Ali Marpet of Hobart, an NCAA Division III school in Geneva, NY.

Runner up: Jake Fisher

Third place: Mitch Morse

Fourth place: T.J. Clemmings

Fifth place: Lawrence Gibson

After finishing at the top of almost every drill at the NFL Combine, Ali Marpet, who is probably the biggest offensive lineman underdog out there (see: Saints Draft Prospects: The Best Player You’ve Never Heard Of), will likely take a nice little climb up the draft boards.

The most special trait about this kid is his position flexibility.  Marpet was a three-year starter at left tackle at Hobart and did not allow a single sack in 2014.  However, he is more suited and seems confident about moving to either guard or center — the New Orleans Saints top needs on the offensive line.

He shows great footwork, quickness and strength, which were all displayed in an impressive manner at the combine.  Finishing first in the 40-yard dash as the only lineman to finish under 5.00 seconds, Marpet also led the way in the ten-yard split (1.74 seconds), which measures burst and leg strength during the 40 (two very important traits to own on the OL).

Due to his level of competition during college, he’ll likely stay out of the first couple of rounds.  I’m sure Saints head coach Sean Payton and GM Mickey Loomis are well aware of Marpet’s talents, so snagging him would be no surprise.  This guy could be the real deal.  Stay tuned for more top performers as the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine continues throughout the weekend.

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