All of the “big” pro days around the country are drawing scouts from every team — including the Kansas City Chiefs — but that doesn’t mean they are the only workouts that matter. Last year Scott Pioli discovered a young linebacker from Maine, Jovan Belcher, in his draft preparation and signed him as an undrafted free agent. Yesterday he had his scouts looking at another Black Bear prospect: OT Tyler Eastman.
“I don’t know if Tyler will get drafted, but I’d expect him to be in someone’s camp making some noise the same way Mike DeVito [now playing for the New York Jets after signing a free-agent deal] did last year,” Gesner said. “Brandon and Jhamal both had good workouts, but I can’t speculate who might have broken out today.”
Eastman, who weighed in at 310, also dropped some weight to improve his quickness and agility and it apparently helped.
“My big thing was speed, so I dropped weight. When I played in the Texas [-Nation college All-Star] game, I was 323,” Eastman said. “I was happy with my running and I got personal bests in the jumps with a 29-inch vertical after 24 inches before and a broad jump of 8-3.”
After taking a chance on someone like Colin Brown in last year’s draft, I don’t know that Pioli will want to bring in another project, but if he does Eastman fits the bill.
He is a big guy at 6-5/310 and the vertical his put up at his pro day would have put him just outside the Top 10 of all offensive linemen at the NFL Scouting Combine.
What makes Eastman all the more intriguing is that he only started for Maine his last two seasons. Most of these small school prospects (like Belcher) are starters their entire career and might be seen as having a lower ceiling. With Eastman any team that drafts him will get an offensive lineman still learning how to play the position properly.