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2019 NFL Combine, Day 1, Offensive linemen: ‘Who got nasty?’

The 2019 NFL Combine featured a collection of very athletic offensive linemen on Day 1. We take a look at four players from the group who helped their respective stocks.

Joshua Miles 6'5 314 OL Morgan State

The former Western Tech High School star and Baltimore, Maryland native had already won his fair share of bar room brawls during the week of 2019 East-West Shrine practices. Tough to dislodge from inside at guard, he also slid his feet well at times during the week at left tackle.

The last player drafted from Morgan State was back in 2003. Former Bears and New York Giants tight end Visanthe Shiancoe impressed NFL scouts during his own combine performance with an eye-opening 39 1/2-inch vertical leap while weighing in around the 251-pound mark.

While that leap was impressive, the 36-inch vertical jump that Miles - a 2018 All-MEAC performer- turned in on Friday may end up as the most impressive athletic feat of the weekend. Why? He weighs in the 315-pound range. When you couple that with his 9'1" broad jump, it is easy to quantify his lower body explosion on the field. His 4.75-second showing in the 20-yard short shuttle will also open the eyes of NFL teams. He is a near lock to become just the second Bear drafted in the last 37 years.

Max Scharping 6'6 327 OL Northern Illinois

Max Sharping (No. 73 pictured) started 53 consecutive games for the Huskies.

An above average postseason has been icing on the cake so far for Scharping, whose game is defined by his patience. On film, he frustrates defensive ends by always keeping his hands up around his numbers in a position ready to punch. He understands angles. The kinesiology graduate and Academic All-American offers teams flexibility. He started at right guard, right tackle and left tackle in school.

On Friday, he put to rest some doubts about his true foot quickness and explosiveness despite not running a 40-yard dash. He went under 4.7 seconds in the 20-yard short shuttle (4.69), posted an impressive 28-inch vertical jump and notched a respectable 7.77 time in the all-important three-cone drill. Perhaps even more impressive was that he did it while weighing in seven pounds heavier than he did at the 2019 Senior Bowl.

Trey Pipkins 6'6 309 OT Sioux Falls

Pipkins (No. 78 pictured) was the first player ever selected to attend the NFL Combine from Sioux Falls.

NFL teams want to see a player dominate his level of play (Division II) and Pipkins obliged, turning in an All-American campaign that routinely saw him finish versus overmatched personnel. Regardless of the personnel, he has shown an element of ‘nasty’ finishing linebackers and defensive ends once he gets his hands inside the numbers (2nd QTR/4:33, Minnesota State Moorhead ’18; Jones, Day 2, East-West Shrine ’19-pancakes him through ground).

Although he underwhelmed in the bench press (16 repetitions at 225 pounds), he made it up for it with a solid on-field workout. He was fluid changing directions and displayed much of the base that has been evident on film. On Friday, he ran a 5.12 40-yard dash, went an eye-opening 33 1/2 inches in the vertical jump and also posted an equally impressive 9-foot-6-inch broad jump. For good measure, he blazed a 7.61-second time in the three-cone drill.

Michael Jordan 6'6 312 OC-OG Ohio State

Ohio State's Michael Jordan (No. 73 pictured) started 41 games for the Buckeyes.

When you hear the name Jordan you immediately think of the ability to sky over the competition. The former Buckeye has the look of a heavy NBA power forward. Despite 34 1/4-inch arms, he still posted a 32 1/2-inch vertical jump. He also recorded a broad jump (9'8") that bested even some of the running backs, including Temple's Ryquell Armstead, who ran a 4.45 40-yard dash.

It could partly explain how he's been able to compensate versus leverage defenders at the center spot, where he can execute his combo-rub blocks with efficiency (see Tulane '18). His pad level is still an issue at times and this was even apparent at the left guard spot in 2017 (see Indiana). His quickness, however, in the 20-yard short shuttle (4.71) helps explain his above average ability to pull in confined areas. Jordan helped his stock on Friday.

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Former Cincinnati OL Cunningham hungry for enjoyment

Former Cincinnati Bearcats offensive tackle Korey Cunningham is an example that hard work pays off.  It’s not often that you find a former 220-pound tight end blossom into a 315-pound all-conference tackle in just a four-year period. The transformation landed him a berth in the 2018 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, where he performed admirably at guard on game day.  He described the arduous weight-gaining process late in 2017.

“I would have protein shakes and chipotle three times a day,” the second-team All-AAC tackle explained during a pregame meeting with CBS in late November 2017. “Then I would do extra workouts at night.”

Former Cincinnati offensive lineman Korey Cunningham, pictured, morphed from a 220-pound tight end into a 312-pound offensive tackle.

Aside from the Chipotle visits, he also had lots of white rice and brown rice to get up to around 2,100 calories per day.  It speaks to his commitment. On the field, his improvements have been just as dramatic. He became more sudden in his kick-slide and it resulted in better finish as a pass protector. Never was this more evident than on a few occasions against 2016 AAC Defensive Player of the Year Shaquem Griffin during their 2017 battle.  Perhaps more telling was his 2016 encounter with former Temple star outside linebacker and 2017 Arizona Cardinals first-round pick Haason Reddick.

“After the game against Reddick, I gained a lot of confidence,” Cunningham stated. “I’m just staying positive, enjoying the moment and having a good time.”

Positivity.  Enjoyment.

Words that resonate on a day-to-day basis.

It is no surprise that he earned Cincinnati’s Jim Kelly Spirit Award at the postseason senior awards banquet.

If his work ethic is any indication, he could very well ‘enjoy’ the 2018 NFL Draft.

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DraftNasty’s Under the Radar, Vol. III: Anthony Wint 6’0 224 (E) LB FIU

Strengths: Durable. Smart. Lines people up. Communicates in the pre-snap. Brings major hip explosion to the table. Squats over 600 lbs. Attacks FBs and hammers the ball back to teammates. Downhill player. Fills his gap control with little hesitation if covered up by a three-technique DT. Strong wrap tackler. He flows over the top to replace LBs who’ve abandoned gap control.  Absolutely deposits crossing routes if he can get an indicator off the QB’s indicators (UCF ’15). Comes with absolute force on trail blitz concepts (TFL, UCF ’15). Sticks his foot in the dirt to drive forward out of his pass drops. Closes distances quickly on his inside-out breaks to the sidelines. Tracks plays laterally (Temple ’17). When in pursuit, he’ll unload as a hitter to rock WRs (Marshall ’17).

Weaknesses: Size. Has always used too much shoulder when stacking to shed OL (North Texas ’14). This extended into 2015, when he would attempt to shed OL climbing up to him. Size becomes a detriment when OGs come off late on him. Average contact balance. Overruns some tackles. Took some poor angles sliding vs. outside runs (MT, Marshall ’17-TD). He can occasionally look stiff flipping his hips as a curl-hook defender. Missed three games in 2014 due to a left knee injury. Missed one game in 2017 (Tulane) due to injury.

Other Notes:

  • Attended Homestead HS (Fla.) and was a 2nd Team All-Dade County Class 6A selection in 2013
  • 1st Team All-Dade County as a wrestler (113-25 record in career)
  • 2014 (9 sts, C-USA All-Freshman, Honorable mention All-C-USA): 48 tackles, ½ TFL, FF, FR
  • 13 tackles vs. Indiana on 9/12/15
  • 2015 (2nd Team All-C-USA): 88 tackles, ½ QB sack, 5.5 TFLs, 2 FRs, INT and 2 PBUs
  • 9 tackles, 2 TFLs vs. Maryland on 9/9/16
  • 2016 (12 sts, 2nd Team All-C-USA): 108 tackles, ½ QB sack, 6.5 TFLs, 2 FFs, FR and one PBU
  • 2017 (2nd Team All-C-USA): 92 tackles, ½ QB sack, 8 TFLs, 3 FRs, 2 PBUs
  • Career Stats: 45 games, 336 tackles, 1.5 QB sacks, 20.5 TFLs, 3 FFs, 7 FRs, INT and 5 PBUs

Summary: Wint may lack for what you’re asking for in man coverage but it is an area he can improve upon in the next couple of years. His explosion, instincts and play speed are all top-notch. We feel this is a player who will help immediately on any special teams unit as a core player. His size is a weakness, but his football intelligence has gotten better over time.

DraftNasty's Grade: 5.431 (4th Round)

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