2020 NFL Combine: O-Line Stealing the Show

David Fernandez
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The 40-yard dash is perhaps the marquee even at the NFL Combine. While most people come to see the speedy receivers and blazing defensive backs, occasionally, it’s the big guys who surprise the most. Such was the case when offensive linemen Tristan Wirfs and Mekhi Becton showed out at at the 2020 NFL Combine. 

Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs had a fantastic effort at the NFL Combine on Friday. The 320-pound possible Top-10 pick registered a vertical leap of 36.5 inches, which is the highest such jump by an o-lineman since 2006. His effort topped those of NFL standouts DeAndre Hopkins (36 inches), A.J. Green (34.5) and Amari Cooper (33) from previous years, as well as 26 wide receivers who worked out Thursday at the combine.

Wirfs also posted an unofficial 4.86 time in the 40-yard dash. If that time holds, it would be the fastest by any player who weighs at least 320 pounds since 2006. 

In addition, Wirfs checked in at 6’5″ and 320 pounds, performed 24 reps on the bench. His 36.5″ Vertical Jump is now a Combine record for offensive linemen, as is his 10’1″ Broad Jump.

That wasn’t the biggest shocker, though.

The real surprise came when Louisville’s Mekhi Becton, the largest player at the 2020 NFL Combine, took the field for the 40. Then, he ran a blazing (for a big man) 5.10 seconds in the 40-yard dash. 

According to ESPN Stats & Information research:

Becton is the heaviest player to run a sub-5.2 40-yard dash at the combine since 2006. Former Memphis nose tackle Dontari Poe has the fastest big-man 40 over the past 15 years; he ran a 4.98 40-yard dash at the 2012 combine after weighing in at 346 pounds.

Becton posted 10-yard split times of 1.80 and 1.77 seconds, unofficially. Those times would be average for most linemen, but not one the size of Becton.

The first-team All-ACC tackle measured 6-foot-7 3/8 inches (third-tallest OT), 364 pounds (heaviest), with the fourth-longest arms (35 5/8 inches) and the sixth-biggest wingspan (83 1/4) at the NFL Combine.

These two offensive linemen have progressed up most draft boards with their performances at the 2020 NFL Combine. 

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