2014 NFL Combine Day 1: Special Teams, Offensive Line, and Tight Ends Arrive (Open Thread)

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The 2014 NFL Combine officially begins today, with Group 1 checking in and getting started with interviews and evaluations.

Former Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo and head coach Lovie Smith were primarily defensive guys-- and they did a fantastic job of building a defense in Chicago-- but always seemed to lend much less focus on the offensive side of the ball, specifically the offensive line.

There was always a 'plug-and-play' mentality, and if needed, just shuffle the players around to try and find the right combination.  An average OL would be fine... just throw some guys in there, and hope they don't screw anything up.

Unfortunately, with that mentality, they did screw up.  A lot.

Fast-forward to new GM Phil Emery, and suddenly, an offensive line appears.  And a pretty good one, too.

Like their predecessors, Emery and head coach Marc Trestman will be heavily-focused on the defensive side of the football as the 2014 NFL Combine kicks off, but not because the OL is being overlooked or under-valued.  It's an odd shift in paradigm in Chicago, but very much a welcome one.

Today is officially Day 1 of the Combine, and the arrivals list includes the offensive linemen, tight ends, and special teamers.  The players today will go through registration, some medical exams, orientation, and interviews, followed tomorrow by measurements, more medical, and more interviews.  Their physical exams will begin Friday.

A quick list of players arriving today:

OL Joel Bitonio, Nevada 
OL Russell Bodine, North Carolina 
OL Conor Boffeli, Iowa 
OL Justin Britt, Missouri 
OL Dakota Dozier, Furman 
OL Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee State 
OL Matt Feiler, Bloomsburg 
OL Cameron Fleming, Stanford 
OL Zach Fulton, Tennessee 
OL Ryan Groy, Wisconsin 
OL Jon Halapio, Florida 
OL Jonotthan Harrison, Florida 
OL Seantrel Henderson, Miami (FL) 
OL James Hurst, North Carolina 
OL Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma 
OL Gabriel Jackson, Mississippi State 
OL Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee 
OL Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt 
OL Cyrus Kouandijo, Alabama 
OL Tyler Larsen, Utah State 
OL Charles Leno, Boise State 
OL Taylor Lewan, Michigan
OL Brandon Linder, Miami (FL) 
OL Corey Linsley, Ohio State 
OL Spencer Long, Nebraska 
OL Luke Lucas, Kansas State 
OL Marcus Martin, USC 
OL Zack Martin, Notre Dame 
OL Jake Matthews, Texas A&M 
OL Jack Mewhort, Ohio State 
OL Morgan Moses, Virginia 
OL Matt Paradis, Boise State 
OL Matt Patchan, Boston College 
OL Antonio Richardson, Tennessee 
OL Cyril Richardson, Baylor
OL Weston Richburg, Colorado State
OL Greg Robinson, Auburn
OL Michael Schofield, Michigan
OL Anthony Steen, Alabama
OL James Stone, Tennessee
OL Bryan Stork, Florida State
OL Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA
OL Travis Swanson, Arkansas
OL Brandon Thomas, Clemson
OL Trai Turner, LSU
OL Billy Turner, North Dakota State
OL John Urschel, Penn State
OL Chris Watt, Notre Dame
OL David Yankey, Stanford

TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech 
TE Rob Blanchflower, Massachusetts 
TE Trey Burton, Florida 
TE A.D. Denham, Utah 
TE Joe Don Duncan, Dixie State 
TE Eric Ebron North, Carolina 
TE C.J. Fedorowicz, Iowa 
TE Crockett Gillmore, Colorado State 
TE Xavier Grimble, USC 
TE Nic Jacobs, McNeese State 
TE Marcel Jensen, Fresno State 
TE Reggie Jordan, Missouri Western State
TE A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State 
TE Colt Lyerla, Oregon 
TE Arthur Lynch, Georgia 
TE Jake Murphy, Utah 
TE Jordan Najvar, Baylor 
TE Troy Niklas, Notre Dame 
TE Jake Pedersen, Wisconsin 
TE Richard Rodgers, California 
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington 
TE D.J. Tialavea, Utah State

LS Marcus Heit, Kansas State
P Steven Clark, Auburn
P Zach Hocker, Arkansas
P Tom Hornsey, Memphis
P Richie Leone, Houston
P Cody Mandell, Alabama
P Pat O'Donnell, Miami (FL)
K Chris Boswell, Rice
K Anthony Fera, Texas
K Cairo Santos, Tulane

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For full Combine information, including interview schedules, list of invites, and workout schedules, click HERE.

This is your NFL Combine Day 1 Open Thread... Have fun!

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