Rob Malara

Sun Devil Combine Recap: Jamil Douglas

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If there’s an ability that stands out more than any other recently when talking about NFL offensive linemen it’s versatility.  Some might say protecting the blind side of a quarterback, and while that absolutely is a skill desired by all in the NFL pass-happy era we currently live in, having the ability to perform capably at more than one of the five position along line can make a player a very valuable commodity.  Especially when you are a potential draft pick.

As a Day One participant during the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, former Arizona State offensive lineman Jamil Douglas certainly showed had the chops to stick with his peers athletically (ranking among the top third at the guard position with his 40-yard dash time, short shuttle, 3-cone, and vertical leap).  But it was through tape study and in conducting interviews with representatives of NFL teams that observers were able to take in Douglas’ whole body of work.

“A lot of teams I’ve talked to, they say they only travel seven linemen,” said Douglas, a 2014 first-team All-Conference performer, in an interview with Tim Yotter of Scout.com.  “If you’re able to be versatile and play those different positions you can be one of those guys they travel” 

Not only did Douglas perform above average in most of the drills, he aced the test that shows initial burst and quickness, the 10-yard split, in which he ran in 1.75-seconds.  The best of any guard prospect in the 2015 draft pool.   Guard being the position Douglas will more than likely be playing as a pro.

Douglas will have one more shot to audition in front of a large audience as part of ASU Pro Day on March 6, before he begins private workout sessions for individual teams leading up the the draft.  And while he may not have the longest arms of those in his draft class, nor did he put in the most reps during the bench press session, he has experience on his side, and a lot of it.  Registering 40 consecutive starts in three years as both a guard and as a tackle, gives talent evaluators what they need to see in terms of accessing how he has handled both interior defenders as well as the stand-out Pac-12 pass rushers of the last three seasons.

While there isn’t a large amount of stand-out interior offensive line prospects early on in the upcoming draft, there should be a run on this position starting somewhere around the second day (where Douglas is currently predicted to be selected by most outlets), a place where most teams start to draft guards and centers.  And with the 32 NFL teams dressing such a few amount of offensive linemen on average, it makes having the ability to handle multiple positions like Douglas, that much more valuable.

About Rob Malara

Rob Malara

Rob Malara is a 2002 Sun Devil grad having spent the majority of his time in Tempe as a football, basketball, and baseball season ticket holder and front row inhabitant. A member of the Football Writers Association of America, he hosted the ASU Devils podcast and was its sub-optimal technical producer through its lifespan. Currently the president of the ASU Alumni Association's Northern Colorado Club, he is part of a family of maroon and gold residing in Fort Collins with his Sun Devil wife and nearby Sun Devil sister.

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