2014 NFL Combine Preview: Five Offensive Linemen to Watch

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Jan 4, 2014; Frisco, TX, USA; North Dakota State Bison head coach Craig Bohl raises the trophy with his team after the division 1 championship game against the Towson Tigers at Toyota Stadium. Tigers North Dakota State beat Towson 35-7. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

5. Billy Turner

School: North Dakota State
Watch to Watch: Everything
Met with Chiefs: Yes

The small school guy the Chiefs may have their eye on is Billy Turner. Reports have the Chiefs talking with Turner at the Senior Bowl, an all-star game where Turner did well.

His size, 6-5, 318 pounds, has him as a fringe tackle/guard, but he did well at both positions at the Senior Bowl. How he measures in terms of length will probably decide where he plays at the next level. There is little reason to think he doesn’t at least have the size to play right tackle in the NFL.

As with Dozier, proving quickness is going to prove key for him. Reports from the Senior Bowl suggest he adjust well as the week went along, and was very consistent. There has been knocks on the Senior Bowl this year for not having a lot of top-end talent so that should be considered when reading about Senior Bowl evaluations, both positive and negative.

Here’s one review of Turner at the Senior Bowl:

The jump in competition did not look too much for him and his play was consistent throughout. He played with nice power in the running game and was able to get some good push off the snap. He showed good quickness, and once engaged, he worked to finish.
He was good on his cut off and reach blocks. His pass sets were good, but there were some reps where he needed to be a little quicker to get to the outside and get set up.

Remember: North Dakota State is a very good FCS team. They’ve won three-straight national titles and beaten FBS teams in four-straight seasons. This is a very good program.