Georgia linemen under close watch at pro day

Two well-thought-of offensive line prospects were the center of attention when Georgia held its pro day on March 5.

Offensive tackle Cordy Glenn could go in the first round, while center Ben Jones is expected to be a mid-round pick.

The workout was held outdoors on FieldTurf in less-than-ideal weather conditions. It was a clear day, but strong wind gusts of 20 to 25 miles per hour made it difficult to get accurate times in the runs. The 40-yard dash was run at first with the wind, and then against the wind.

There were 22 teams present at the pro day, including Baltimore Ravens offensive line coach Andy Moeller, Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line coach Andy Heck, Atlanta Falcons offensive line coach Pat Hill (the former Fresno State head coach) and Cincinnati Bengals assistant head coach/offensive line coach Paul Alexander.

Another workout was held later for teams to get another look at Glenn and Jones. The Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams each had coaches there to work out those players.

Glenn, who weighed in at 341 pounds, rested on his NFL Scouting Combine numbers, but did do position drills. Glenn is versatile, able to play all positions — tackle, guard and center — along the offensive line.

Jones weighed in at 302 pounds and also did only position drills. Historically, centers don’t get drafted early in the draft. Mike and Maurkice Pouncey were first-rounders the previous two years, selected by the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers, respectively. Alex Mack and Eric Wood were first-round selections of the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills, respectively, in 2009.

Other notable performances from Georgia’s pro day include:

Brandon Boykin, CB/KR (181 pounds) — Boykin only weighed in and did 16 strength lifts of 225 pounds. He did not go through drills at the pro day because of a broken leg suffered at the Senior Bowl. Boykin is a very good kick returner, and was the 2011 recipient of the Paul Hornung Award, which is given to the most versatile player in major college football.

Drew Butler, P (204 pounds) — The son of former Bears kicker Kevin Butler stood on his numbers from the combine due to the gusting winds.

Orson Charles, TE (250 pounds) — Charles ran a 4.73-second 40-yard dash with the wind and a 4.93 against the wind. He had a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-5 broad jump. His times in the short shuttle were 4.39 and 4.37 seconds. This is a good tight end prospect, who could go as high as the third round.

Blair Walsh, K (184 pounds) — He stood on his combine numbers, then did some position drills, working on kickoffs and field goals.

DeAngelo Tyson, DT (6-foot-1 7/8, 308) — Tyson ran the 40 in 5.00 and 5.09 seconds, had a 27 1/2-inch vertical, 9-foot-0 broad jump, 4.68-second short shuttle and executed 30 strength lifts. This is a player who will be drafted because of his strength and ability. He hasn’t shown yet how good of a player he can be, but the ability is there to be a very good defensive player. He’ll probably be drafted in the fifth or sixth rounds based on that potential.

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