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Who to watch during RB, OL, ST workouts at the 2020 NFL Combine

The 2020 NFL Combine is underway and on-field workouts get started on Thursday. We break down the running backs, offensive linemen, and special teams players to watch.

General view of interior of Lucas Oil Stadium for the NFL Combine.

The 2020 NFL Combine is upon us, and over 300 football prospects are hoping to boost their stock for the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. Players will hold Pro Days in March and April, but the Combine brings all 32 teams together to pour over medical records and performances by the various prospects.

Players arrive in positional groups, and it started with quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends arriving on Sunday. They were followed by running backs, offensive linemen, and special teams players. They’ve gone through medical exams, measurements, and are in the process of the team interview scheduling.

Now, they move on to the on-field workouts. This includes running the 40-yard dash, going through the 3-cone drills and shuttle run, doing the vertical leap and broad jump, and going through various position-specific drills.

NFL Combine TV schedule

NFL Network will be airing live coverage from the workouts starting Thursday. The NFL has moved the workouts into prime time, hoping to generate a little more buzz to their television network. They will air from 4-11 p.m. and will be available via live online stream.

Who to watch

Running Backs

D’Andre Swift: Yet another Georgia running back who will make noise in the NFL, Swift earned work his freshman year despite competing with the likes of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. Nagging injuries did limit his workload at Georgia, but his production remained strong and his traits as a runner and receiver translate well into the NFL. Ball security is a question and he is more of a finesse runner than finisher, but his ability in space and as a receiver should push him into a starting role out of the gate. He’s not known for home run speed but can keep defenders off balance and pick up chunk gains. If he can put up a plus 40 time, a team is going to pick him as the first back off the board and possibly in the first round.

Jonathan Taylor: Taylor posted back-to-back 2,000 rushing yards season and just missed three straight by 23 yards his freshman season. His production is unmatched in the 2020 draft and really for his college career. Garnering over 300 touches in each of his three years in college is quite a bit of wear and tear to bring into the NFL, but his track speed, ease at following blockers and decision making will get him a starting gig in the NFL.

J.K Dobbins: Dobbins doesn’t have quite the fluidity of running style that Swift and Taylor do, but he is a bruiser who will wear a defense down and then run over them. He doesn’t waste energy trying to get cute with a spin move or by breaking off his most expedient path. A one cut runner that will do well in a zone blocking scheme, Dobbins isn’t going to be a first rounder but he will be efficient and get the job done when needed most.

Offensive Linemen

Andrew Thomas: Projected to go in the top half of the first round, Thomas can’t be held accountable for the poor Georgia offense this season. At 6’5, 315 lbs., the tackle from Lithonia, GA brings size, strength, and speed to the position. He also showed versatility in starting at right tackle in the SEC his true freshman season, and then made the switch to left tackle for his last two campaigns. As a unanimous All-American and the winner of the 2019 Jacobs Blocking Trophy, he’s got a bright career in front of him.

Josh Jones: The Houston Cougar looks like a Day 2 pick at offensive tackle, and at 6’5, 311 lbs. he’s got plenty of film showing him as an elite college pass protector. The knock is his footwork for now, but his raw athleticism and high ceiling along with work ethic should make him a dream for an OL coach. A four-year starter at UH, he seemed to the best work as a pass blocker in Dana Holgorsen’s Air Raid system.

Lloyd Cushenberry III: The starting center for the national champion Tigers, the 6’3, 312 lbs., snapper has a huge 84’ wing span. He’s got athleticism that’s more analogous to the tackle position, but also a high football IQ and the ability to block downhill in the run game. If you’re capable of starting 28 consecutive games at center in the SEC, you’re an NFL prospect. If you’ve got the kind of upside and room to get better that Cushenberry has, you project as a quality NFL starter at some point in your career.

List of players

RB, OL, ST Combine participants

Name Position School Conference
Name Position School Conference
Ahmed, Salvon RB Washington Pac-12
Akers, Cam RB Florida St. ACC
Anderson, Jet RB TCU Big 12
Bellamy, LeVante RB Western Michigan Mid-American
Benjamin, Eno RB Arizona State Pac-12
Calais, Raymond RB Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt
Dallas, DeeJay RB Miami ACC
Dillon, AJ RB Boston College ACC
Dobbins, J.K. RB Ohio St. Big Ten
Dowdle, Rico RB South Carolina SEC
Edwards-Helaire, Clyde RB LSU SEC
Evans, Darrynton RB Appalachian St. Sun Belt
Hasty, JaMycal RB Baylor Big 12
Herrien, Brian RB Georgia SEC
Jones, Tony RB Notre Dame IA Independents
Kelley, Joshua RB UCLA Pac-12
Leake, Javon RB Maryland Big Ten
LeMay, Benny RB Charlotte Conference USA
McFarland, Anthony RB Maryland Big Ten
Moss, Zack RB Utah Pac-12
Olonilua, Sewo RB TCU Big 12
Perine, La'Mical RB Florida SEC
Phillips, Scottie RB Mississippi SEC
Robinson, James RB Illinois St. Missouri Valley
Swift, D'Andre RB Georgia SEC
Taylor, J.J. RB Arizona Pac-12
Taylor, Jonathan RB Wisconsin Big Ten
Taylor, Patrick RB Memphis AAC
Vaughn, Ke'Shawn RB Vanderbilt SEC
Warren, Mike RB Cincinnati AAC
Adams, Trey OL Washington Pac-12
Adeniji, Hakeem OL Kansas Big 12
Anchrum, Tremayne OL Clemson ACC
Bartch, Ben OL St. Johns (MN) Minnesota Intercollegiate
Becton, Mekhi OL Louisville ACC
Biadasz, Tyler OL Wisconsin Big Ten
Bredeson, Ben OL Michigan Big Ten
Cabral, Cohl OL Arizona State Pac-12
Charles, Saahdiq OL LSU SEC
Clark, Cameron OL Charlotte Conference USA
Cleveland, Ezra OL Boise St. Mountain West
Colon-Castillo, Trystan OL Missouri SEC
Cushenberry, Lloyd OL LSU SEC
Driscoll, Jack OL Auburn SEC
Durant, Yasir OL Missouri SEC
Hanson, Jake OL Oregon Pac-12
Harris, Nick OL Washington Pac-12
Heck, Charlie OL North Carolina ACC
Hennessy, Matt OL Temple AAC
Herron, Justin OL Wake Forest ACC
Hunt, Robert OL Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt
Ismael, Keith OL San Diego St. Mountain West
Iwuagwu, Cordel OL TCU Big 12
Jackson, Austin OL USC Pac-12
Jackson, Jonah OL Ohio St. Big Ten
Jones, Joshua OL Houston AAC
Kindley, Solomon OL Georgia SEC
Lemieux, Shane OL Oregon Pac-12
Lewis, Damien OL LSU SEC
McKivitz, Colton OL West Virginia Big 12
Molchon, John OL Boise St. Mountain West
Murphy, Kyle OL Rhode Island CAA
Muti, Netane OL Fresno St. Mountain West
Niang, Lucas OL TCU Big 12
Onwenu, Mike OL Michigan Big Ten
Peart, Matt OL Connecticut AAC
Phillips, Tyre OL Mississippi St. SEC
Pinter, Danny OL Ball St. Mid-American
Ruiz, Cesar OL Michigan Big Ten
Runyan, Jon OL Michigan Big Ten
Simpson, John OL Clemson ACC
Steele, Terence OL Texas Tech Big 12
Stenberg, Logan OL Kentucky SEC
Stepaniak, Simon OL Indiana Big Ten
Taylor, Alex OL South Carolina St. MEAC
Thomas, Andrew OL Georgia SEC
Throckmorton, Calvin OL Oregon Pac-12
Wanogho, Prince Tega OL Auburn SEC
Williams, Darryl OL Mississippi St. SEC
Wills, Jedrick OL Alabama SEC
Wilson, Isaiah OL Georgia SEC
Wirfs, Tristan OL Iowa Big Ten
Bass, Tyler K Georgia Southern Sun Belt
Blankenship, Rodrigo K Georgia SEC
Molson, JJ K UCLA Pac-12
Ferguson, Blake LS LSU SEC
Wirtel, Steven LS Iowa St. Big 12
Charlton, Joseph P South Carolina SEC
Hofrichter, Sterling P Syracuse ACC
Mann, Braden P Texas A&M SEC
Pechin, Alex P Bucknell Patriot League
Siposs, Arryn P Auburn SEC
Townsend, Tommy P Florida SEC
Turk, Michael P Arizona State Pac-12