Las Vegas Raiders: Which Combine drills to keep an eye on per position
OL: broad jump, 10-yard split, bench press
Offensive lineman combines are certainly not the end all be all, but there are a few drills that you’d like them to be above average in. Broad jump like we’ve already discussed is an excellent way of determining explosiveness, and a lineman being able to fire out of their stance is crucial. It also shows hip flexibility and a prospect’s ability to generate power within the lower half.
For tackles, in particular, the 40-yard dash has also proven to be very vital, according to PFF. The main focus is on the 10-yard split, which is another example of how a player gets out of his stance. The shuttle could also be a factor for change of direction dealing with athletic edge rushers.
Bench Press is helpful for an interior lineman, where they can display their ability to punch. Overall, the offensive linemen need to show they are not only strong, and ready to take on defensive linemen at the NFL level, but they also need to show good burst, and the ability to push back.