Friday, March 27, 2009

Pro Day Impact & Analysis: Michael Oher

According to, Mississippi OT Michael Oher measured a height of 6-foot-5 and a weight of 306 pounds at his Pro Day. He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.24 and 5.16 seconds. He also measured a 31-inch vertical jump and he completed 23 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press.

Mancini's Take: Physically, he has everything you're looking for in a left tackle. Oher's long arms, quick feet and outstanding lateral movement make him one of the most naturally gifted offensive linemen in football. The much-publicized athlete gets himself into trouble when he plays too high, which causes him to lose leverage, but that's something that can be corrected. I have no problem with Oher being a first-round pick, Ross.

Mandel's Take: Oher has received all the accolades, and deservedly so...his size, footwork, and on-field performances make him worthy of a top 10 pick in the upcoming Draft. There is some concern about his football intelligence, which--combined with the technique problems the Rev mentioned above--has him firmly behind Jason Smith and Eugene Monroe in the OL pecking order. But he's ahead of Andre Smith in my mind and if he receives even decent coaching, he'll be a fixture for a decade. Cincinnati could do much worse with their first choice.

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