Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/23/13
8 a.m. ET: Day 1 of the combine is officially upon us, and you know what that means: draft season has officially begun. The offensive linemen and tight ends will be out on display, and this is a great class for both positions. Among the offensive linemen, Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson is supposed to test the best. He’s a former quarterback and tight end prospect who could run a 40-yard dash as low as 4.7. That would be an incredible figure for a player who’s over 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds. UNC’s Jonathan Cooper is expected to be the most athletic guard in Indianapolis on Saturday. He’s among the best pulling guards the draft has ever seen. His speed and agility should test out very well. Some other names to watch are Alabama’s Chance Warmack, BYU’s Braden Brown, Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel and Florida State’s Menekik Watson. At tight end, San Diego State’s Gavin Escobar, Stanford’s Zach Ertz and Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert are players to watch. Those are the top three players in the class and should all test out well in speed and agility drills. Some more under the radar players are Florida’s Jordan Reed, who is looked at as an Aaron Hernandez clone, and Rice’s Vance McDonald. Stay here for the news and analysis coming out of Day 1 of the combine. We’ll send out the best 40 times, most impressive performances and all the biggest news. Photo via Facebook/St. Louis Rams

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