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2020 NFL Combine Recap: RB and OL weigh-ins, measurements

An interesting grouping of players and quite possibly future Falcons getting measured.

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The NFL Combine is here this week and all of the fun on-the-field drills will begin on Thursday. But for now, the players are required to step on the scales and get measured with tape.

The running back and offensive line groupings will likely get a little attention from the Atlanta Falcons contingent as the offseason could very well see a few changes at those spots. Starting with the running back group, let’s take a look at a number of notable prospects who can be a fit for this Falcons squad.

Running Backs

D’Andre Swift, Georgia - Ht: 5’8 2/8”, Wt: 212 pounds, Hand: 9”, Arm: 29 7/8”, Wingspan: 72”

While I don’t see the Falcons targeting Swift early, I will still serve my due diligence and provide his data. Swift has a compact frame and despite being a consistent playmaker for the Bulldogs during his career, some scouts have concern with his length when it comes to pass protection. Either way, Swift can scoot.

J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State - 5’9 1/2” - 209 pounds - 9 1/2” - 29 3/4”, 73 1/2”

Dobbins is somewhat lost in the crowd in the midst of an underrated group at the Combine. Dobbins is also likely to be a top-50 selection at worst. A squatty back who rarely goes down on first contact but is suspect in pass protection also.

Eno Benjamin, Arizona State - 5’8 7/8”- 207 pounds - 8 5/8” - 31 1/4” - 76”

The theme of short, compact backs continues, but what stands out about Benjamin is his impressive wingspan, which was the same as four offensive linemen who were measured on yesterday as well. Quiet but notable production with 30 total touchdowns the past two seasons.

Lamical Perine, Florida - 5’10 6/8” - 216 pounds - 10 2/8” - 31 5/8” - 76 3/8”

Perine had a down year in 2019 based on preseason expectations But his hard running and leg drive make him tough to tackle at times. Perine lost weight coming into the season and reportedly played a shade below 200 pounds.

Offensive Line

Lloyd Cushenberry, G/C, LSU - 6’3 1/8” - 312 pounds - 10 3/8” - 34 1/8” - 84 1/4”

When it comes to evaluating offensive linemen, one of the first things you view is length and for an interior lineman, Cushenberry has plenty of it. Cushenberry can ultimately become a very sound technician as a blocker and is one prospect to keep an eye on in the second round if Atlanta was to add to their offensive line.

Jonah Jackson, G , Ohio State - 6’3 1/2” - 306 pounds - 10 1/2” - 33 1/2” - 77 7/8”

If there is a prospect amongst all offensive linemen that is a riser, it’s Jackson. Athletic frame and able to get out in space and move with bad intentions. Jackson possesses solid footwork and was sneaky good on an offense with 5-star talent left and right.

Cesar Ruiz, C/G, Michigan - 6’2 3/4” - 307 pounds - 11” - 33 1/8” - 79 5/8”

One of my favorite prospects in the entire draft. Ruiz has plenty of experience as a four-year starter but of note, he came in fairly lighter than expected. Ruiz is as polished as they come and has the versatility to see time at guard and slide to center should the Falcons move on from veteran Alex Mack next offseason.

Netane Muti, G, Fresno State - 6’2 7/8” - 315 pounds - 10 5/8” - 31 3/4” - 76 1/2”

Muti does not have the desired length but what he makes up for is his functional strength as he can move blockers with his admirable aggressiveness. Falcons lacked aggression on the interior last season but Muti can definitely upgrade that aspect alone.