Offensive Prospects Conclude Combine Workouts; Buckner Takes Field Today

With the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine in full swing, we pause to check in on our Oregon alumni taking part in the action in Indianapolis.

The offensive prospects completed their physical and psychological work over the past couple days, and today the defensive position groups will begin their on-field work.

Tyler Johnstone took the field at Lucas Oil Stadium Friday as part of a talented OL position group that included Laremy Tunsil (Mississippi), Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame), Jack Conklin (Michigan State) and Taylor Decker (Ohio State). Officially measuring 6’5 and 301 lbs. and drawing comparisons to Denver’s Tyler Polumbus, OT Johnstone is projected to be a late-round draft prospect.


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Johnstone (64) and team mates celebrate.

Johnstone was a 13-game starter in both 2012 and 2015, with two knee injuries and recovery time on the bench in between. Prior to his two ACL tears and the resulting two knee surgeries, Johnstone showed athleticism and quickness. His scouting profile analysis lists sluggishness as a weakness, and it is yet to be seen whether or not he can return to his pre-injury form.

Johnstone was busy at the combine — he participated in every event, which coaches and scouts have to appreciate. Here is a recap of his day:

+ Johnstone’s best 40-yard dash time was 5.21 seconds — placing him 18th in his position group. In total, 46 of 53 OL prospects ran the 40. Jason Spriggs (Indiana) was fastest at 4.94 seconds.

+ He recorded 24 reps in the 225-lb. bench press. Christian Westerman (Arizona State) led the group with 34 reps.

+ He traveled 104 inches in the broad jump. Spriggs had the best stat at 115 inches.

+ Johnstone tied with Jake Brendel (UCLA) for fastest performer in three cone drill at 7.31 seconds.

+ His 4.6-second time in the 20-yard shuttle ranked 11th among offensive linemen. Brendel led the group at 4.27 seconds.

Saturday was a popular day at the combine, as it featured quarterbacks, receivers and tight ends. Oregon’s Vernon Adams measured 5’11 and 200 lbs., making him the smallest QB of this year’s participants. Duck fans know the graduate transfer from Eastern Washington University was explosive on the field and produced at a high level when not limited by injury.


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Adams against Washington.

Adams took advantage of the opportunity to compete in drills and workouts with this year’s top QB projects such as fellow Pac-12 alum Jared Goff (California), and smaller school standouts Paxton Lynch (Memphis) and Carson Wentz (North Dakota State). Eighteen quarterbacks participated in this year’s combine.

Adams spent time on the field Friday working with the running backs handing off the ball and throwing to them in their pass-catching drills and did the same Saturday for receivers and tight ends.

As for his own measurables and drills:

+ Adams registered a time of 4.83 seconds in the 40-yard dash — slower than some experts anticipated, but respectable. Former Florida QB Jeff Driskel, who transferred to Louisiana Tech for the 2015 year, was in a class of his own with a 4.56-second 40.

+ He reached 29.5 inches in the vertical jump (Lynch led the group at 36 inches) and traveled 114 inches in the broad jump (Driskel led with 122 inches).

+ He was second-fastest in the three-cone drill (behind Josh Woodrum of Liberty) and looked smooth and efficient in passing exercises.

Adams fielded questions from media Thursday regarding his potential fit in a Chip Kelly San Francisco offense.

“I watched (Kelly’s offense) in Philly last year and pretty much 80-90 percent of the plays I would see I could call out that we run at Oregon, so I think I could really come in and run that offense, too,” Adams said. It will be interesting to see if a team takes a chance on Adams in the draft — and if not, perhaps a team will bring him into camp and give him a chance in the NFL.


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Marshall runs against Georgia State.

Oregon’s pair of 5’9 WRs, Bralon Addison and Byron Marshall, took the field Saturday, as well. Addison missed the entire season while recovering from a 2014 spring practice injury but returned in 2015 and became the Ducks’ leading receiver with 804 yards and 10 TDs. He also returned a punt for a TD and completed a TD pass last season.

Marshall was Oregon’s leading rusher in 2013 and leading receiver in 2014, but his 2015 season ended early due to an ankle injury he suffered against Utah. He was able to complete only the bench press at the combine and recorded 17 reps.

Addison, expected to fill a slot receiver/returner role, participated in drills along with top prospects in his position group including Laquon Treadwell (Mississippi), Corey Coleman (Baylor), Michael Thomas (Ohio State), Josh Doctson (TCU), Will Fuller (Notre Dame) and Tyler Boyd (Pittsburgh).

Addison’s measurables are below:

+ Addison ran a 4.66 second 40-yard dash — quite a bit slower than group leader Fuller, who ran it in 4.32 seconds.

+ He completed 13 bench press reps. Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma) recorded the most with 20 reps.

+ Addison reached 34.5 inches in the vertical jump, behind Doctson’s 41 inches.

+ He traveled 116 inches in the broad jump, behind Ricardo Lewis (Auburn)’s 132 inches.

+ He completed the three-cone drill in 6.95 seconds. Devon Cajuste (Stanford) was fastest at 6.49 seconds.

Addison had a couple drops in receiving drills but looked quick and relatively smooth. He caught passes from his team mate, Adams, among other QB prospects yesterday.

Today the defensive linemen will have their turn to impress NFL decision-makers. Both Duck fans and scouts are anxiously awaiting DeForest Buckner‘s day of workouts. Check back for‘s notes on his day at the combine, as well as quotes and reactions from the offensive players.

Follow the action live at 9 a.m. EST (6 a.m. PST) on NFL Network.

Top Photo by Kevin Cline 

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Natalie Liebhaber

Natalie Liebhaber

Natalie (Editor) studied journalism at both Butler University and Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI), but her sports allegiance lies with Ohio State and Oregon. She works as a freelance project manager, writer and editor outside her regular day job in the financial services industry. Prior to joining, Natalie served as managing editor for an open-wheel racing news website. Natalie and her husband John reside in Bozeman, MT with their hound dog, Lou, who also loves ducks.

  • mick

    ” He was second-slowest in the three-cone drill but looked smooth and efficient in passing exercises.”

    I don’t understand that statement…Adams was the second fastest in the 3 cone drill, only behind woodrum.

    • Natalie Liebhaber

      You’re right — just a sorting error. Thanks for the correction!