Eight Sooners Working NFL Combine

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 20, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. --Eight Sooners: Branndon Braxton, Jon Cooper, Nic Harris, Lendy Holmes, Juaquin Iglesias, Manuel Johnson, Phil Loadholt and Duke Robinson, are participating in the annual NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
For six days, players are put through a series of drills, tests and interviews with more than 600 NFL personnel including head coaches, general managers and scouts.
You can watch drills live on the NFL Network, view complete coverage online and read Sooner bios via the NFL links below. The 2009 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 25-26 in New York City.

2009 Scouting Combine | 2009 Draft | OU in the 2008 Draft
  Jon Cooper | OL | 6-2, 291

Complete NFL Bio | While teammates Duke Robinson and Phil Loadholt receive most of the media attention, the Big 12 coaches recognized Cooper as the conference's 2008 offensive lineman of the year. An immediate standout for the Sooners, Cooper started two games as a true freshman before a dislocated ankle ended his season. He went on to become a mainstay on arguably the best offensive line in college football, twice earning all-conference recognition. Cooper lacks the bulk and physicality to fit most NFL schemes, but his reliable shotgun snapping and rare quickness for the position could intrigue zone-blocking teams in the late rounds. Had an arm span of 31 1/4 inches and a hand span of 9 inches at the combine.
  Nic Harris | S | 6-2, 233

Complete NFL Bio | Since starting alongside fellow true freshman Reggie Smith (now with the San Francisco 49ers) in 2005, the versatile Harris has been making plays all over the field for the Sooners. Athletic and instinctive, Harris has earned playing time at cornerback, free safety, strong safety, middle linebacker and special teams. His production is unquestioned, leading to all-conference honors each of the past three years, including back-to-back first-team All-Big 12 honors as a junior and senior. Scouts differ as to Harris' best pro position, as he appears a bit stiff in his transition and may lack the pure speed to remain at safety.
  Lendy Holmes | FS | 6-1, 201

Complete NFL Bio | Holmes came to Oklahoma as a wide receiver and moved to cornerback before settling in at free safety. Has the size and athleticism NFL scouts are looking for in a developmental prospect. While his defensive backfield mate, Nic Harris, often earned more attention, Holmes' development drew interest from scouts and he has the size and versatility to earn a higher grade than Harris in April.
  Juaquin Iglesias | WR | 6-1, 204

Complete NFL Bio | Iglesias didn't get as much publicity as Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Sam Bradford, tight end Jermaine Gresham or even former Sooner wide receiver Malcolm Kelly, but all he did was lead Oklahoma in receptions (68 in 2007, 74 in 2008) and receiving yards (907, 1,150) the past two seasons. He also scored 10 times as a senior en route to second-team All-Big 12 honors, which was a difficult task given the conference's prolific offenses. More solid than flashy, Iglesias' size, speed and ability to gain yards after the catch make him a natural for the West Coast Offense. His experience as a kick returner (876 yards in '07, 475 in '08) also adds value.
  Manuel Johnson | WR | 5-11, 186

Complete NFL Bio | Oklahoma's offense has so many stars that a solid contributor like Johnson can go unnoticed. While not particularly tall, strong or fast, Johnson's consistent production over the past three seasons in a complementary role has not gone unnoticed by scouts. His 42 catches for 714 yards and nine touchdowns in 2008 would have increased if not for a grotesquely dislocated elbow injury suffered against Kansas. Given his tough play on the field and work ethic in practice, it was no surprise when he returned with a brace after missing only one game.
  Phil Loadholt | OL | 6-8, 332

Complete NFL Bio | It didn't matter the level, Loadholt earned All-American honors throughout his career. An All-American in his two seasons at Garden City Community College, Loadholt emerged as one of the nation's most dominant additions in 2007 before earning third-team All-American honors in his second season in the Big 12. At 6-8 and nearing 350 pounds, Loadholt is aptly named and has the size, strength and flexibility to be a dominant drive blocker in the running game. A left tackle for the Sooners, Loadholt does not possess the initial quickness needed to remain at this critical position in the NFL. With a deep enough kick-slide to move to right tackle to go along with dominance in the running game, Loadholt has early-round potential. Had an arm span of 36 1/2 inches and a hand span of 10 inches at the combine.
  Duke Robinson | OL | 6-5, 329

Complete NFL Bio | A finalist for the Outland Trophy (top interior lineman) and a two-time All-American, Robinson leaves Oklahoma as one of the more decorated interior blockers in a long time. A massive road grader whose size and strength helped pave the way for the Sooners' amazing offensive firepower, Robinson teamed with left tackle Phil Loadholt, who measures in at 6-foot-8, 350 pounds, to provide the Sooners with arguably the most dominant left side in all of college football. Robinson is a force in the running game and he has the balance and good hand play necessary to protect the passer, but he isn't a player without negatives. Scouts have some concern about whether he'll be able to hold up to the lateral quickness of the NFL's elite interior defensive linemen. Had an arm span of 34 3/4 inches and a hand span of 10 5/8 inches at the combine.
  Brandon Walker | OL | 6-3, 306

Complete NFL Bio | An underrated component of Oklahoma's impressive offense, Walker may lack the recognition of his teammate, Duke Robinson, but Walker might have been a more consistent blocker over the course of his college career. Walker graded out at 80% in 2007, higher than Robinson or any other member of the Sooners' offensive line. Scouts are impressed with Walker, a 2006 transfer from Coffeyville Community College, in part because he was able to handle that jump in competition immediately and started three seasons at right guard. Had an arm span of 34 1/2 inches and a hand span of 10 1/4 inches at the combine.



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