Offensive linemen have their on-field workouts today. Quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs will go through psychological testing, interviews and the bench press.
That means from Virginia Tech, Nick Becton, Vinston Painter, Marcus Davis and Corey Fuller will be in action in some form or fashion today.
I’ll be checking in periodically on the results and updating this post throughout the afternoon, so check back. To get things started, here’s where everything stands coming into the day …
– Offensive linemen did the bench press portion of their workout Friday. Painter repped 225 pounds 32 times, putting him in a tie for fifth among offensive linemen. Becton did 19 reps. Ohio’s Eric Herman had the most with 36 reps.
– Painter’s total was the third-most by a Virginia Tech player at the combine since 1999. Only Will Montgomery (35 reps in 2006) and Brandon Frye (34 reps in 2007) did more. I wrote a whole blog post on past Hokies performances yesterday.
– Our papers don’t have any reporters at the combine itself this year, so I’ll be relying on reports and videos coming out of Indianapolis to keep up with Tech’s players during the combine itself. Here’s video of Painter talking with reporters.
– Receivers weighed in Friday. Apparently Davis, at 6-foot-3, 233 pounds, was the heaviest of the group. He was listed as 6-4, 232 at Tech. He also had the biggest hands of the receivers at 10 1/4 inches.
– The Washington Post has a story on Fuller trying to follow in his older brother, Vinnie’s, footsteps and make the NFL.
– Colleague Tom Robinson has an interesting story on Tennessee receiver and Ocean Lakes product Justin Hunter‘s preparation for the combine.
9:35 a.m.: A couple of 40 times for Becton this morning. He ran a 5.12 and a 5.13 unofficially. Those times will be updated later. That was seventh for his group. His 1.76 10-yard split time was eighth.
10:30 a.m.: Hey, an interview with Davis is up on YouTube. Give it a watch.
10:32 a.m.: And there’s a Fuller one too.
11:19 a.m.: Painter ran a 4.87 40 time unofficially in his first attempt. That puts him third among offensive linemen so far. Mike Mayock of the NFL had this to say after Painter’s run: “Look at the build on him. A little bit like Kyle Long. He does not look like what our perception of offensive linemen look like.” Mayock called him a late-bloomer at Virginia Tech since Painter didn’t start until he was a senior.
11:43 a.m.: Painter ran a 4.87 40 on his second attempt too. His 10-yard split from his first effort was 1.69 seconds, which put him seventh of the offensive linemen overall.
12:32 p.m.: Slight adjustment to the official 40 times. Painter clocked in at 4.95 seconds. That’s tied for fourth among offensive linemen. Five linemen went sub-5.0 this year. Only two did it last year.
Here are the top times for the linemen:
- 4.71 seconds — Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
- 4.72 seconds – Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
- 4.94 seconds – Kyle Long, Oregon
- 4.95 seconds – Vinston Painter, Virginia Tech
- 4.95 seconds – Alvin Bailey, Arkansas
Becton’s official time was 5.20 seconds. Here’s a link to the combine tracker, by the way.
2:16 p.m.: The NFL has updated some other events for Painter and Becton. Here’s how they fared (rank of OL in parentheses):
Painter: 30.5-inch vertical (4th), 97-inch broad jump (34th)
Becton: 29.5-inch vertical (t-8th), 109-inch broad jump (9th)
2:48 p.m.: Painter 4.56-second time in the 20-yard shuttle. Becton finished at 4.57. That was good for sixth and seventh among linemen, respectively.
4:26 p.m.: Here’s the last of the o-line updates. Painter had a 7.71-second time in the three-cone drill (17th of OL). Becton clocked in at 7.77 seconds (t-19th).
4:32 p.m.: Nearly forgot that the wide receivers did the bench press today. Davis repped 225 pounds 19 times, sixth most of receivers. Fuller had 12 reps, in 16th place for receivers.
Here are the top bench press numbers for receivers:
- 26 reps — T.J. Moe, Missouri
- 22 reps — Josh Boyce, TCU
- 20 reps — Markus Wheaton, Oregon St.
- 20 reps — Lanear Sampson, Baylor
- 20 reps — Chris Harper, Kansas St.
- 19 reps — Marcus Davis, Virginia Tech