Shots from Friday's first day of workouts at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. (Credit: The Associated Press)
INDIANAPOLIS --Hobart's Ali Marpet is still something of an unknown quantity, but the 6-foot-4 rookie-to-be made a name for himself with the only official 40-yard dash time under five seconds among offensive linemen at the Scouting Combine.
Marpet also notched the fastest 10-yard split of any offensive lineman at the Combine, and at 1.74 seconds, the 304-pounder would have been in the middle of the pack among the tight ends who followed during the afternoon workout.
Marpet would not have been the fastest offensive lineman at any of the previous five Combines, and was not within even one-tenth of a second of Taylor Lewan, the Titans' first-round pick last year who covered the distance in 4.87 seconds.
But Marpet also had one of the best bench-press figures among offensive linemen, throwing up 30 repetitions at 225 pounds during Thursday's session.
Anyone who didn't know Marpet's name surely knows it now.
Oregon's Jake Fisher expressed disappointment in his performance, but he had a terrific all-around day, showing his footwork and agility with the best times in the short shuttle (4.33 seconds) and the three-cone drill (7.25) seconds, in addition to a 5.01-second 40 that was the second-best among all offensive linemen.
Among the tight ends, Minnesota's Maxx Williams recovered from a potential damaging 40 time of 4.90 seconds to finish with a 4.78-second 40 in his second run, good for third-best at his position group. Williams' best 10-yard split of 1.63 seconds was third-best among the 13 tight ends who ran.
Williams' 40 time did not even match the five-year tight ends' average of 4.75 seconds, and as a whole, this was a slow tight end group in the 40, posting an average 40 time of 4.82 seconds. But his recovery and improvement was heartening and should ensure that his stock remains high.
However, the stars of the workout were Southern Illinois' Mycole Pruitt and South Alabama's Wes Saxton, who finished one-two in the 40-yard dash, covering it in 4.58 and 4.65 seconds, respectively. Pruitt's speed adds to his solid physical attributes, which includes the third-longest arms among tight ends (33 ½ inches) and 10.25-inch hands that are 0.42 inches longer than the five-year average for tight ends at the Combine.
Still, don't read too much into 40 times for tight ends. None of the tight ends with the top 40 times in the last five Combines amounted to much in the NFL to date. But if you're looking for a good speed/strength blend, Penn State's Jesse James was right in the middle of the pack in the 40 (4.83) seconds), but had 26 bench-press repetitions and a 37.5-inch vertical that was second-best among all tight ends.