First Stock Up: Ezra Cleveland, OT Boise State
The former Boise State Bronco looked athletic on tape, but outside of the top-tier group of offensive tackles, he pretty easily did the most for his stock of this group. He tested at the top end of every athletic drill this weekend.
Cleveland put up 30 reps on the bench press, fifth-most for any offensive lineman, then he ran a 4.93 40 yard dash with a great 1.73 10-yard split and wrapped it up with an elite 7.26 three-cone drill.
Those results cemented him in the top-10 at his position. Cleveland was looked at as a back of the third round type prospect but now there’s talk that he did enough to move up one full round.
The Chargers were reportedly very interested in him and he would be a great fit in Los Angeles, especially without Okung. It’s very likely could be a run on offensive tackles in the first round so he just might end up being the pick in the second round.
He’s still got to work on fine-tuning some of his technique, like being able to stay flexible and bend while dealing with speed rushers, but he is definitely a prospect on the rise.
Stock Down: Trey Adams, OT Washington
On the opposite end up the spectrum comes Trey Adams out of the University of Washington. Adams was once looked at as a potential future star but injuries have essentially derailed his career.
Adams has two major surgeries to his name — ACL and back — and unfortunately, those seem to have sapped his once-booming potential. Adams ended up running the second slowest 40 time of any lineman this weekend, clocking in at 5.60 seconds.
He just looked like he was mentally and emotionally drained after running through drills and who can blame him after those kinds of injuries. Perhaps a team talks themselves into being able to revive his once high ceiling and takes him at the end of day two, but unfortunately for Adams, that just seems unlikely.
Stock Up: Netane Muti, OG Fresno State
The next offensive lineman to be highlighted here is Netane Muti by way of Fresno State. He made a name for himself as a freshman by putting out numerous highlight plays against Alabama. Overall he is a vicious run blocker and presents a lot of upside at the next level.
He has also dealt with some injuries in his career, nothing close to the extent of Adams but there is a little concern about his medical history.
He suffered a Lisfranc fracture in his foot this past season and elected to not participate in any agility or positional drills but he did perform the bench press and boy did he perform. Muti pretty easily put out the highest bench press results of any offensive lineman at the Combine with a whopping total of 44 reps, the second closest was 37.
The 44 reps were good enough for the fifth-most in Combine history. He also provided the funniest story of the week when he detailed his story of once eating a 10 by 10 burger at In-N-Out. Muti left college early and it’s proving to be the right decision in a weak guard class.