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Combine’s weekend sliders

Rutgers’ Davis plus three other offensive linemen struggle. National Football Post

Print This March 01, 2010, 02:00 PM EST

This morning, the National Football Post looked at the players who performed well this weekend at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Here’s a breakdown of prospects who didn’t put up the numbers and/or performances needed to impress.

Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

It wasn’t a great weekend for Davis, who possesses good overall size (6-5, 323) and length for the position (34 inches) but came off as young and almost overwhelmed by the experience. To his credit, Davis is only 20 years old and is still maturing from an intellectual standpoint. However, he didn’t run (5.38 in the 40) or lift well (21 reps), and although the best part about his workout was his position drills, there seems to be something missing that could keep him from living up to his pro potential.

Offensive linemen Thomas Welch (Vanderbilt), Cole Pemberton (Colorado State) and Kyle Jolly (North Carolina)

Talk about three guys who simply didn’t match up from an athletic standpoint. Welch, Jolly and Pemberton were painfully stiff and slow-footed during position drills and struggled to change directions or generate any kind of explosion laterally. All three possess good size, but their lack of athleticism is going to make it tough for any of them to make an NFL roster.

Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma

Everyone seemed surprised to see Gresham run in the high 4.7, low 4.8 range. To be honest, I didn’t think he played that fast on film and thought would end up running exactly how he did. Watching him Saturday, something still doesn’t seem right because it’s taking him far too long to get up to speed, and he didn’t look as explosive initially out of his stance than before. This could be part of the healing process, and I’m impressed he decided to come out and compete. But I still see him as a Marcedes Lewis-type player in the NFL, not as a top-tier tight end.

Nate Byham, TE, Pittsburgh

Byham isn’t a real explosive athlete at 6-4, 268, and after watching him lumber through his workout, there isn’t much about his game that jumps out. He’s a strong blocker on tape who can win at the point and seal on the edge, but he demonstrated only one gear during his workout, didn’t look overly natural catching the football and simply isn’t a guy who will be able to consistently beat man coverage at the next level. A reserve type only in the NFL.

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