After making the switch from guard and winning the Rimington Award as the nation’s top center, Ohio State’s Pat Elflein knows he could be asked to return to his old position in the NFL.
And he’s fine with that.
“I’d play either, obviously,” Elflein said. “I told them I have experience start at right, left guard and center, and that I’m able to play all three and switch around and be versatile. I feel like that’s a good marketing tool for me, and so I just tell them whatever the need is, I can do it and do it a high level.”
Elflein, who weighed in at 303, said he likes the way he feels despite adding a little weight from his listed 300 at OSU.
“I definitely got leaner,” he said. “I think I put on some muscle mass, lost some body fat, and I’m feeling great.”
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A former three-star recruit from the Columbus suburb of Pickerington, Elflein was soaking in the experience in Indianapolis.
“I never thought barely making it to Ohio State that I would be on this podium at the Combine, and I still reflect on it every chance I get,” He said. “Thanks for bringing it up again, because it’s put a big smile on my face. It’s a dream come true. I’m living my dream every day.”
Tall talk: North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky put up a big number Thursday that registered a loud ping on the Cleveland Browns radar.
Trubisky measured at 6-foot-2 1/8 at the NFL Combine, eclipsing a magic mark in the mind of Browns head coach Hue Jackson.
“We all have a profile for what we like a quarterback to be,” Jackson said. “I like a guy that’s a little taller.”
What is Jackson’s ideal height?
“6-2,” he said. “I think a guy has to be about 6-2 to play in this league. The special guys. There have been guys who have played in this league who are not 6-2, but the majority of the guys who have played are 6-2 or a little taller and that’s just what I like in a quarterback.
Trubisky’s official measurement contradicted a report that he was actually 6-1, two inches shorter than his listed height of 6-3 at UNC.
“That’s great for him,” Jackson said. “It’s good that he’s over 6-2.”
Clemson’s DeShaun Watson and Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes also came in at 6-2, while Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer was measured at 6-4.
Miami men: Miami University’s Cradle of Coaches legacy grew a little larger in January when former RedHawks wide receiver and Dayton native Sean McVay was hired as head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.
He’s charged with improving the worst offense in the league, but he inherits last year’s top overall pick in quarterback Jared Goff.
“Once we get him int eh building, it’s going to be about teaching him our system, seeing how he processes things, the above-the-neck information, and then be able to translate it to the grass once we get out on the field and Phase II and the OTAs,” McVay said. “You see the traits, you see the characteristics. I’m really excited to see how he retains information and how it translates to the grass.”
McVay is not the only Miami graduate coaching for the Rams. Two weeks after he got the job, he hired Aaron Kromer as his offensive line coach.