Based on his NFL Combine performance where he set numerous personal bests and made some almost historical marks, offensive lineman Lydon Murtha didn’t have a lot to prove. He had already run a 4.89 in the 40 down in Indianapolis, the fastest for a lineman in the annual professional evaluation in the last 10 years. And Murtha’s 4.35 20-yard shuttle performance was the second best for his position at the combine…ever. “It’s technique, but it’s quickness with your feet, how you side step, use your hands - stuff like that,” Murtha said. “They put you through a lot of stuff you have already done, so it’s not really a surprise.”
Murtha saw his stock soar dramatically after the combine finished, going from a potential free agency pick to some speculating that he could be a first-day selection.
“I have talked to a lot of coaches at this point, but at the end of the day you really don’t know where you stand,” Murtha said.
Lydon Murtha is currently projected a late-round pick by NFL Draft Scout, and the Texans are a team that can certainly use more depth on the offensive line.
A few players who had a sense of where they stood after the combine, but didn’t necessarily like where that was, were defensive end Zach Potter, running back Marlon Lucky and offensive lineman Matt Slauson.
All three performed down at the combine, and each thought they had something to prove when they got back into the friendly confines of Hawks in Lincoln. “When I was at the combine I ran around a 4.9 and I wanted to get into the 4.8s here, which is what I did,” Potter said about his forty-time then and now. “My broad jump was under nine feet down there, and I wanted to get over nine feet here, which I did, too.” Potter jumped nine feet, two inches.
Lucky was another who saw some of his performances down in Indy and thought that he hadn’t shown really what he could do. So, this was another opportunity to show at the very least, he had the athleticism scouts are looking for. Lucky had both good and bad news on that front. “Depending on whose watch it was, I ran anywhere from a 4.2 to a 4.5 on my first attempt. But I pulled up on my second attempt with a hamstring,” Lucky said. “And in my pro-agility I ran about a 4.2.”
Both Potter and Slauson are projected as late-round picks, and Lucky will likely be a priority free agent.
Following is the full list of those Huskers in attendance:
RB – Marl on Lucky FB – Thomas Lawson WR – Nathan Swift WR – Todd Peterson QB – Joe Ganz OL – Lydon Murtha OL – Matt Slauson TE – Hunter Teafatiller DE – Zach Potter DT – Shukree Barfield DT – Ty Steinkuhler LB – Cody Glenn LB – Tyler Wortman CB – Armando Murillo LS – T.J. O’Leary LS – Justin Baumgartner P – Dan Titchener.
Although this Pro Day didn’t have many of the top names that you will hear during the first day of the draft, the graduating Nebraska seniors could make for late-round or undrafted depth on the Houston roster.