Tackles, guards and centers are scheduled to hit the field at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday for timing and testing drills at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.
Thursday, however, they started out with the bench press station and spoke with media members during podium sessions.
Ohio State center Michael Jordan – who told reporters he's "terrible at basketball" – transitioned from guard to center at the beginning of the 2018 season and reached out to a former teammate for advice.
Vikings center Pat Elflein, who also made the move from guard to center while with the Buckeyes, spoke with Jordan as he prepares for the NFL Draft.
"I reached out to Pat and [Bengals center] Billy Price. Those guys were kind of like my mentors," Jordan said. "I remember when I was a freshman, it was spring ball, I'd just graduated high school early. They threw me in at left guard, and I'm asking Pat every play, 'What's the play? What's the play?' But I definitely reached out to him about playing center [when I moved from guard at the start of the 2018 season], and he helped me out."
Jordan credited Elflein with helping him improve on the game's mental aspect.
"I think anything you do in football, or anything in life, it's all mental. You can do anything you put your head to, but you've got to do it over and over and over to get those reps," Jordan said.
Jordan was ranked by NFL Media's Bucky Brooks as the fifth-best interior lineman in this year's class of draft-eligible athletes. The Athletic's Dan Brugler tabbed Jordan at No. 6 among guards/centers.
Here are some highlights from media sessions with offensive line prospects, including from a name likely familiar to Golden Gophers fans:
G Garrett Bradbury, N.C. State
Pre-combine draft rankings (interior linemen): Brooks 1, Brugler 2
On mentality as an offensive lineman: "I'm just a competitor. I like to get a little nasty sometimes. I just like to compete. I like to win. I like to run the football, protect the quarterback. So when we're doing that, we're having a blast on the sidelines, having a blast on the field."
T Jawaan Taylor, Florida
Pre-combine draft rankings (tackles): Brooks 1, Brugler 4
On toughest opponent he's faced in college: "This year was definitely Josh Allen of Kentucky. He's a great player. And he brings a lot of things to the game."
T Cody Ford, Oklahoma
Pre-combine draft rankings (tackles): Brooks 4, Brugler 2
On whether potential of sliding to guard: "It's been pretty much, 'Where can we play you at right away?' It's been an inside or outside [discussion]. They keep asking me — every team so far has asked me where I feel comfortable, and they're like, 'Well, what if we move you inside?' So that's pretty much just the talk I keep hearing.
"For me, the toughest transition with that might be just getting in a stance every play. You know, playing at Oklahoma I'm in a two-point every play, especially on third downs. Sometimes you may be in a three-point, but at Oklahoma we're always in two. So I think the stance for me would be the biggest transition from [tackle to guard]."
View photos from the media sessions at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
T Jonah Williams, Alabama
Pre-combine draft rankings (tackles): Brooks 2, Brugler 1
On if he projects as a G or T in the NFL: "I'll play wherever a team wants me to play. I was the best offensive tackle in college football, so I know I can play at the next level. But I'm a competitor. I want to be on the field. I'll play wherever a team wants me to play."
On self-scouting his skill set: "I think my greatest strength is athleticism, preparation and technique. Those are kind of the cornerstones of what I base my game off of. I think I'm an extremely athletic player. I try to out-prepare everyone. I want to watch more film than everyone on the defense combined. I want to know what each player does before they do it. I want to know what their best moves are and what percentage they win on those moves, how I can combat those moves. If I don't know how, I'll reach out to resources. I've had great coaches that I've encountered in college and some current NFL players, guys I'm trying to emulate.
"I'll study Joe Thomas, see how he handles a type of rush. Weakness? I would say the double-edge sword of that is I over-analyze things sometimes, kind of over-think things, play a little hesitantly. So that's something I've really been working on this past season – make your reads, read the defensive coverages, safety movement, defensive alignment, weight placement, and as soon as the ball snaps cut it loose and try to take someone's head off."
OL Dalton Risner, Kansas State
Pre-combine draft rankings: Not ranked by Brooks, Brugler 3 (among interior linemen)
On moving from center to tackle: "We had a guy named Cody White here [at Kansas State] who went to the Bears. He graduated at left tackle. We had a right tackle graduate. A couple of junior college guys didn't work out like we planned, and [Coach] just said, 'Hey, you're right tackle.' I didn't know it was going to happen, but I was OK with it, whatever the team needed. I found a home there. Now, I look back inside, and I kind of like tackle."
On why he likes offensive line: "… [There's] no greater feeling in football than taking a man from point A to point B against his will, and not only against his will, but drive him to the dirt. That's something I love about offensive line. No other position gets to do that every single play, or at least gets the opportunity to do that. When you've got a grown man that's doing the same thing you are and he wants to get the quarterback and you take him the opposite way, that's a great feeling. That's why I love this game as an offensive lineman. I have a lot of passion for it, for sure."
T Donnell Greene, Minnesota
Pre-combine draft rankings: Not ranked by Brugler or Brooks
On his connections to Vikings: "A little bit. I knew [cornerback] Craig James, who they picked up late. I'm good friends with him and [cornerback] Jalen Myrick. I actually met Craig at Minnesota; he came back to visit one time, and we just hit it off. My roommate was [Gophers running back] Rodney Smith, and they were good friends."
On advice from James/Myrick: "The main thing they said was pretty much, once I'm here, Jalen said, 'Just lock in. It's going to get busy; for like four or five days, you won't be able to sleep much.' I'm not able to pretty much do any of the field events because of my surgery. I'm just soaking it all in, and I'm ready. I'm looking forward to it."