Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/23/13
11:28 a.m.: The guard that Mike Mayock is touting as the best player in the draft, Chance Warmack, ran a 5.55 40-yard dash with a 1.85 10-yard split. That time is a little disappointing, but overall it shouldn’t matter. Menelik Watson was supposed to light up the 40, but turned in an only respectable 5.25. 11:18 a.m.: These incredible 40 times for linemen just keep coming in now. Vinston Painter of Virginia Tech just ran a 4.87. He looked to have a lot of room to bulk up. His build looked more like a linebacker than an offensive lineman. 11:15 a.m.: Kyle Long, Howie’s son and Chris’ brother was timed at 4.93. That’s three 300-plus pound offensive linemen that have been timed under five seconds now — Long, Lane Johnson and Terron Armstead. Of course, these are unofficial times and the official electronic times usually come in a few ticks slower. 11:08 a.m.: Tanner Hawkinson out of Kansas came this close to being the second offensive lineman to run a sub-5 40. He ran a 5.00 flat 40. Mark Jackson of Glenville State ran the slowest so far at 5.63. Potential No. 1 overall pick Luke Joeckel just ran a 5.22. he may improve on that in his second heat. Lane Johnson, the former quarterback and tight end just ran a 4.75 at 303 pounds. Wow. 10:50 a.m.: South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore is progressing from his knee injury incredibly well. He told Gil Brandt of NFL.com that he’ll begin running on Monday. 10:10 a.m.: The linemen are going through their positional drills now and Jonathan Cooper is flashing, which is no surprise. Cooper is even higher than Alabama guard Chance Warmack on some draft boards. Eric Fisher has been impressive, and Mike Mayock says he’s just as good as Luke Joeckel (which this NESN.com writer disagrees with). Travis Frederick didn’t run the best 40 time (he actually ran the worst), but he’s looked much better in lineman drills. Alabama tackle/guard D.J. Fluker is supposedly a first-round prospect, but his footwork still needs a lot of work. His future may be at guard since he has trouble kicking out against faster defensive linemen. 9:45 a.m.: It all reality, an offensive lineman won’t be asked to run 40 yards down the field (unless you’re Dan Connolly on a kick return), but a 40-yard dash does show off athleticism. The more important figure for offensive linemen are 10-yard splits. That’s the first 10 yards of a 40. Armstead leads the way with a 1.64 10-yard split, followed by UCLA OT Jeff Baca with a 1.68. Eric Fisher’s 1.70 and Jonathan Cooper’s 1.73 look good as well. BYU OT Braden Brown and Arkansas OG Alvin Bailey finish out the top 10-yard splits with 1.74′s. 9:34 a.m.: Terron Armstead’s second 40 time wasn’t quite as impressive, but a 4.71 at 306 pounds is still freakish athleticism. FSU kicker Dustin Hopkins ran a 4.69 on his second 40, which is pretty insane for a kicker. You’ll rarely see a sub-5 40 for a kicker. Jonathan Cooper ran a 5.25 on his second attempt. He’ll impress at the 3-cone drill today. 9:23 a.m.: Terron Armstead turned in the fastest time at 4.65 unofficially and Wisconsin center Travis Frederick just ran the slowest at 5.60. His impressive beard may have been slowing him down. 9:17 a.m.: Jonathan Cooper wasn’t able to get under five seconds on his 40, but a 5.13 is a great time for a 312-pound guard. First-round prospect Eric Fisher just impressed with a 5.07. 9:08 a.m.: The combine speed drills just started off with a bang. Terron Armstead of Arkansas-Pine Bluff ran an unofficial 4.65 unofficial 40-yard dash at over 300 pounds. That would set a combine record for an offensive lineman. Arkansas punter Dylan Breeding kicked off the event with a 4.75 40 and Florida State kicker Dustin Hopkins ran a 4.81. It’s rare for special teamers to run sub-5 40s. Virginia tackle Oday Absoushi disappointed with a 5.44 and Colorado offensive tackle David Bakhtiari, who met with the Patriots, looked smooth with a 5.01. 8 a.m. ET: The NFL scouting 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 3 of the combine. We’ll send out the best 40 times, most impressive performances and all the biggest news.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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