2015 NFL DRAFT

2013 NFL Combine: LSU's Faulk, West Texas A&M's Foketi don't run

By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com

The first group of offensive linemen have finished running the 40-yard dash and all but two of the athletes participated, both because they are recovering from injuries.

LSU junior left tackle Chris Faulk was unable to participate as he continues to recover from surgery to repair a torn ACL. West Texas A&M left tackle Manase Foketi suffered a strained calf at the East-West Shrine Game practices and hasn't sufficiently recovered enough to do the drill. He will, however, compete in the other offensive line drills in Indianapolis and plans to run the 40-yard dash at his March 6 Pro Day. Faulk's teammate, center P.J. Longergan, had his combine testing come to an end with a strained left hamstring in recording a 5.29-second 40-yard dash

Prior to sustaining the ACL tear, the 6-5, 331-pound Faulk ranked among the top offensive tackles in the country. He earned Second Team All-SEC honors in his first season as the Tigers' starting left tackle and had demonstrated surprisingly light feet and overall athleticism despite a less-than-impressive build. Should he prove he is recovering from the injury, Faulk warrants second- to third-round consideration.

Foketi transferred to Kansas State after a highly impressive tour at Mt. San Antonio Community College. He started all 13 games at left tackle for the Wildcats in 2010 but missed the 2011 season with a torn Achilles. Rather than return to Kansas State, an issue with the coaching staff pushed him to West Texas A&M where he dominated the lower level competition to earn consideration for the Gene Upshaw Division II Offensive Lineman of the Year award.

Foketi is talented and therefore warrants Day 3 consideration. Teams, however, will want to talk to him about the transfer issues that arose with Kansas State.

 
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