2010 NFL Combine - Guard Analysis
Idaho OG Mike Iupati
Idaho OG Mike Iupati
Posted Mar 4, 2010

Post-Combine quick looks at the guards invited to Indy.

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1. Mike Iupati, Idaho (OT) 6-5, 331
Post-Combine Skinny: While he did his part and did a good job of moving well and showing balance, he wasn't quite as impressive as expected. The 27 reps were fine, but not special for a No. 1 guard, and he didn't show the feet to be a tackle. However, he zipped around the cones and the 5.29 wasn't too bad. It would've been nice if he had been more special, but he was decent enough not to scare anyone away.
Pre-Combine Rank: 1
Positives: A mauler who destroys defenders and then looks for another guy to hit. … Huge with the size and skill to get a look at tackle. … Just scratching the surface. The upside is limitless.
Negatives: Sloppy. Mega-technique issues. Made way too many mistakes against inferior opponents. … Not an elite athlete. Some might think about putting him at tackle, but he's right tackle only if not a guard. … Not a sure thing. The potential is there but he has to prove he can do it at a high level at a consistent basis.

2. Mike Johnson, Alabama 6-5, 312
Post-Combine Skinny: He didn't lift and he didn't run or jump well. The athleticism wasn't there to suggest he could be a zone blocker to get on the move on a regular basis, and he was too stiff. In other words, it wasn't a great Combine.
Pre-Combine Rank: 2
Positives: The best lineman on a national title front five. There's a reason why the Bama running game was so good, and Johnson was a key piece to the puzzle. … Flawless technique. Won't need much work, if any, once he hits a camp. … Great worker and doesn't make mistakes. The type of player who hangs around the league for a decade.
Negatives: Doesn't have elite skills. Will get by on smarts and craftiness. … He isn't going to maul anyone. More of a technician. … Needs to get bigger. Not going to barrel over someone with any size.

3. John Jerry, Ole Miss 6-5, 328
Post-Combine Skinny: He was in great shape for him and he was far more athletic than expected. The 5.15 in the 40 was amazing for a player of his size and he did enough to start climbing up the draft boards.
Pre-Combine Rank: 6
Positives: Versatile enough to work at tackle if desperately needed. Played outside as a senior. … Beats up defenders. A tremendous run blocker who destroys smallish linemen. … Quick for an NFL guard prospect. Can move well.
Negatives: Weight has to be kept in check. He could blow up big-time if he's not watched. … Not a tackle and anyone who thinks he can play outside will be disappointed. … Inconsistent. Doesn't necessarily bring it every play.

4. Jon Asamoah, Illinois
6-4, 305
Post-Combine Skinny: He didn't run and he didn't do anything on the move. He just got measured and came in a wee bit light for a top guard prospect.
Pre-Combine Rank: 3
Positives: Excellent athlete. Was great for the Illinois spread attack and was great on the move. … Good overall strength. Can get nasty when he has to, not a finesse player. … Will work to get better. He'll make himself an NFL player.
Negatives: Not big. Not going to be able to maul NFL DTs without putting on a bit more weight. … Not an elite pass protector. Can't be tried out at tackle. … Might be the best fit in a zone-blocking scheme and isn't going to be for everyone.

5. Vladimir Ducasse, Massachusetts (OT) 6-4, 322
Post-Combine Skinny: While he moved well enough, he proved once and for all that he's a guard and can't even think about playing tackle. The 29 reps were solid and the 5.21 in the 40 was solid.
Pre-Combine Rank: 4
Positives: Intriguing mix of size and athleticism. Big guys like this who can move don't come around every year. … Can be tried out at tackle, where he played his entire college career. … Powerful. He'll barrel over someone he gets his mitts on.
Negatives: A major project and needs a ton of work. Not even close technique-wise. … Not an NFL tackle and will have to learn how to be a guard. Didn't look the part in offseason practices. … Still a work in progress. Ceiling is sky-high, but he's hardly a sure thing. However, because of his raw skills someone might overpay to get him.

6. Sergio Render, Virginia Tech
Not Invited To The Combine

7. Mitch Petrus, Arkansas 6-3, 310
Post-Combine Skinny: Seriously strong. There were some impressive moments at the Combine, but the 45 reps on the bench was one of the best. The former tight end moved like it and was able to look just quick enough to get the meter moving after the show he put on in the weight room.
Pre-Combine Rank: 8
Positives: Had an interesting career being used at fullback and lining up for a time as a big tight end. ��� A great athlete for a guard. Perfect for a zone-blocking scheme. … Good at getting on the move. Can pull effortlessly.
Negatives: Not a killer run blocker. Isn't going to do much in a power offense. … Still a work in progress at guard. Scratching the surface but isn't a sure-thing. … Needs technique work at guard.

8. Marshall Newhouse, TCU 6-4, 319
Post-Combine Skinny: He proved that he'll be a guard at the next level, but an athletic one. However, he also solidified his place as a tweener without the strength to be a dominant guard and without the feet to move to tackle.
Pre-Combine Rank: 9
Positives: A terrific anchor for a great TCU line. Experienced and versatile. … Can work well both at tackle and guard. Just solid enough to stick on a roster as a back up for several spots. … Durable and reliable. A mainstay for four years.
Negatives: A tweener. Not quick enough to be a regular tackle and not tough enough to be a top guard. … Pass protection will be a major concern no matter where he plays. … Could stand to be more of a killer. Not enough of a nasty, bury-the-man streak.

9. Shawn Lauvao, Arizona State 6-2, 315
Post-Combine Skinny: Mega-strong. The 33 reps on the bench and the surprising quickness around the agility drills might have shot him up the charts. He showed more than enough athleticism to hold his own with any inside pass rusher.
Pre-Combine Rank: 10
Positives: The only positive on an awful ASU line over the last few years. A leader and a fantastic worker. Will bust his tail. … A big hitter who isn't afraid to get physical. Insane strong. … Athletic for a guard prospect. Quick on his feet.
Negatives: Not a tackle and not quite bulky enough to be an NFL guard. … No room to move or grow. He has maxed out his physical capabilities. … Not tall and has short arms. Can only work inside.

10. Shelley Smith, Colorado State 6-3, 300
Post-Combine Skinny: Considered an athletic guard prospect before, he created a stir by blowing away everyone with a 9'4" broad jump. The 5.11 40 only helped his cause further, but he still needs to bulk up and proved that he might only be good on the move.
Pre-Combine Rank: 13
Positives: Great on the move. Has great feet and runs well for his size. … Just athletic enough to get a look at tackle. Could be versatile enough to make a roster as a fill-in for several spots. … The one the Rams ran behind on every key down.
Negatives: Not nearly big enough. No bulk. Built like a tackle but isn't an NFL tackle. … Not NFL physical. More of a finesse blocker. … Banged up at times last year and will have problems staying healthy because of his size.

11. Cord Howard, Georgia Tech

Not Invited To The Combine

12. Brandon Carter, Texas Tech 6-6, 329
Post-Combine Skinny: It was an interesting workout with a bad vertical and a fantastic broad jump. He was big and long, but he didn't move well lumbering to a 5.36 in the 40 and struggling to look the part.
Pre-Combine Rank: 7
Positives: Nasty and big. Is the type of blocker who wants to throw a defender into the second deck. … Experienced. He held his own at a high level against some special Big 12 linemen. … Great hitter. A fantastic run blocker who worked in a passing attack.
Negatives: Not an athlete. Isn't going to move well enough to be moved outside but doesn't necessarily have an NFL guard's frame. … A hot-head. Nastiness works both for good and bad. … Will have big problems with quicker interior linemen.

13. Andrew Lewis, Oklahoma State
Not Invited To The Combine

14. Eric Olsen, Notre Dame
(C) 6-4, 306
Post-Combine Skinny: A standout among the centers, he also showed enough quickness to be tried out at guard to expand his possibilities. The 35 reps were fantastic, but he was a bit stiff and had an inconsistent workout.
Pre-Combine Rank: 20
Positives: Was a solid center and could play any position on the inside. … Decent size for a center and has enough of a tough streak to will his way onto a roster. … A good run blocker. A good hitter.
Negatives: Not an athlete. Doesn't move well enough to be counted on to be a big factor inside. … Not quite bulky enough to be a guard unless he adds a little weight. … Needs technique work. Will need time to grow into a guard role.

15. Kurtis Gregory, Missouri
6-4, 305
Post-Combine Skinny: While he didn't run or do anything to stand out, the biggest problem was the mediocre pop he showed in his legs. He's not big enough to not be a better athlete.
Pre-Combine Rank: 14
Positives: A great worker and a leader who was a mainstay on a good Mizzou offensive line. … Has room to grow a bit. Still has room to get bigger and stronger. … Great motor. Never takes a play off.
Negatives: Not athletic for his size. Not bulky enough to be a power blocker and not quick enough to handle the speed defenders. … Not the best technician. Limited skills. … Will get bullied by stronger defenders.

16. Jeff Byers, USC 6-3, 301
Post-Combine Skinny: The 33 reps were good and he measured to be a big center or an undersized guard. He didn't move and was limited to the basics, but he was just good-looking enough to be a late-round pick for someone's interior.
Pre-Combine Rank: 15
Positives: Versatile and experienced. Seemed like he was at USC forever working both as a center and a guard. … Busts his tail. Goes all out every play. … Tough. Always looking to be more physical and brings an attitude.
Negatives: Not athletic enough to handle the quicker NFL tackles and not big enough to bowl over anyone. … Durability concerns after a slew of hip problems. … Doesn't move well for his size.

17. Thomas Austin, Clemson
Not Invited To The Combine

18. Chris DeGeare, Wake Forest 6-4, 325
Post-Combine Skinny: Measured well with good size, and the 5.16 in the 40 made him a tackle prospect again. He projects to be either a right tackle or an athletic guard, but the 8'7" broad jump and the balance and quickness made him some money. He'll find a spot somewhere.
Pre-Combine Rank: 17
Positives: Has the raw tools. Is big and has the bulk. … Great size. Large enough to grow into a job with some work. … Physical. Uses his weight well.
Negatives: Can quickly get too big. He needs to get more muscular and less squishy. … Issues with his concentration and slow to pick up assignments. Too many mental mistakes. … Has to get in better shape.

19. Reggie Stephens, Iowa State
Not Invited To The Combine

20. Joe Thomas, Pitt
Not Invited To The Combine

21. Alex Parsons, USC 6-4, 309
Post-Combine Skinny: Not good. The 23 reps were bad for a player who needed to show off more strength, but he ran relatively well with a 5.17 40. He's only a fit for the right scheme without the needed bulk and strength to be a bulldozer.
Pre-Combine Rank: 21
Positives: A good combination of size and quickness. Moves well. … Perfect for a zone blocking offense. One of the more athletic guards in the draft. … A veteran. Has played at a high level.
Negatives: Not superior at any one thing. No upside. … Not strong enough. Will have problems against stronger bull rushers. … Not a fit for everyone. Will need the right fit and the right team.

22. Gregg Peat, Oregon State
Not Invited To The Combine

23. Adrian Martinez, Colorado State
Not Invited To The Combine

24. Charlie Tanner, Texas
Not Invited To The Combine

25. Matt McCracken, Richmond
Not Invited To The Combine