Most of the top offensive line prospects in the 2014 class competed at The Opening, 2013 and getting the chance to watch (most) work out in helmets and shoulder pads and participate in better-crafted simulation drills than at most camps told us a lot in terms of the evaluations of these players. Here are five thoughts from the offensive line group and a breakdown of each player in the photo feature.
Nine stock risers- Cameron Robinson, OT, West Monroe (La.), Damien Mama, OG, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, Roderick Taylor, OG, Jackson (Miss.) Callaway, Toa Lobendahn, OG, Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia, Trevor Darling, OT, Miami (Fla.) Central, Quenton Nelson, OT, Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic, JC Hassenauer (St. Paul, Minn./East Ridge), Brian Allen, C, Hinsdale (Ill.) Central, Tanner Farmer, OG, Highland Park (Ill.).
Legit question- How good can Mama be? He measured in at 6-foot-4, 370 pounds, yet he moved his feet like he was 290 during one-on-ones and had a blistering (for his size) shuttle time of 4.84 seconds. The answer is pretty good. Too often young offensive and defensive line prospects that have big weights like Mama end up being penalized during the evaluation process for being out-of-shape. What gets lost is the fact that players can transform their bodies once they get to college and it’s more about how they can move with the weight they have when projecting. Mama can move better than nearly any other in the class for his size. He can be scary good. USC, Alabama and others are fighting for his services.
Centers shine- Hassenauer and Allen both were outstanding during one-on-ones and other contact drills, rarely losing reps and displaying the type of tenacity and athleticism that will make both hard to deal with once they get to Alabama and Michigan State, respectively. Expect both to vault in the 247Sports prospect rankings in the near future.
Robinson makes a strong case- Even though Louisiana prospects were not allowed to compete in shells (shoulder pads), Robinson made a strong case to be the top overall prospect in the 2014 class by displaying an outstanding ability to move his feet and great body quickness during all drills- and at 330 pounds. His recruitment is Alabama vs. LSU at this point with the Crimson Tide holding an advantage.
Toa the technician- Lobendahn, a USC commit, was perhaps the most impressive from a technical standpoint. He rarely got beat, showed excellent technique and moved his feet quite well- his shuttle at 4.71 also impressed. He was one of the first commits for the Trojans in the 2014 class and he has the chance to be one of the better prospects USC signs this cycle.
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