YDCFF 2014 NFL Combine Coverage: OT Joel Bitonio

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The 2014 NFL combine kicked off Saturday in Lucas Oil Stadium. Draft prospects from across the nation have put in hundreds of hours of hard work to get this opportunity. I focused primarily on the offensive line prospects on Saturday. It was nice to see a small school kid hang with the top 5.

YDCFF 2014 NFL Combine Coverage: OT’s

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I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to cover this class of offensive linemen participating in the 2014 NFL combine.. There are a lot of talented kids. There are some who came in to this event with a lot of hype, that well, just plain stunk-it-up. There were others that have flown under the radar who knew they had to get noticed. They did.

The one kid who I believe did the most to improve his stock was Nevada left tackle, Joel Bitonio. He weighed in at 6-4 302. He has good length with 33 7/8″ arms and 9 5/8″ hands.

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Joel Bitonio logged a 4.97 40, did 22 reps on the bench, a 9′ 5″ broad jump, a 7.37 second 3 cone, and a 4.44 second 20 yard shuttle in the 2014 NFL combine.. He was a top performer in all events but the bench press. When I had watched this kid on tape, I liked what I saw in the games. He has improved his craft.

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I have to admit I was thoroughly impressed with how well he moved in the drills: his footwork has definitely improved from what I saw on tape. He kept good bend, controlled his hips well, and never clicked his heels. If a guy his size can broad jump over nine feet, that tells me he has good burst off of the snap. Anytime I see a 300+ lb man run a sub five 40, I am in awe. He will have no trouble getting out in front of screens or sealing the edge on run plays.

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I would like to see this kid improve his upper body strength, but other than that he is a solid tackle. A 1.68 10 yard split is elite. Most scouts expect between 1.8 and 1.85. I have no convictions about saying he is a 1st year starter in the NFL. His size and athletic ability make him a perfect fit for a zone blocking system.

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  • Gabriel Carrasco

    Jerry Jones just said we had depth on both the offensive line and defensive line. We are doomed!!!!!!!!!!
    He did say cowboys thinking about top offensive lineman.

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    Jerry Jones says that Garrett will no longer have much say in offensive endeavors. He will focus more on the defensive side of the ball. Marinelli won’t be happy. I just don’t get it, he says that the offense will be Linehan’s now.

    • this is pitiful. JG has been an offensive guy his whole career. Marinelli is a Guru and now JG will undermine him too!

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        I honestly don’t get, I understand that a HC is supposed to understand how a defense works, but you are forcing a guy who studied offense for his entire career, and switch him over to defense? Jason Garrett should have said no way. Now Marinelli will be forced to answer to Jason Garrett.

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    Jerry Jones said that Jason Garrett was the offensive coordinator last year, despite Callahan having the title. This team is a train wreck.