Duke tackle Takoby Cofield echoed this when asked the same question. “I would say footwork. If you’re playing offensive line, and you don’t have very good feet you’re not moving very well in the lower half chances are you’re going to get beat, a lot.”
Footwork is an aspect of playing on the line that you hear coaches talk about a lot, and in talking with Mocking the Draft’s Dan Kadar, he mentioned watching Seahawks general manager John Schneider scouting practice at the Senior Bowl in Mobile. “I watched him observing the offensive line,” said Kadar, “And his eyes were just glued to the linemen’s feet the whole time.”
“Having great feet [is key],” Cofield noted, “And realizing that you’re going to be playing against 260-, 270-pound guys that are running 4.4, 4.5 in their 40s, they can move around, they’re the best athletes on the field, and you’ve got to keep them away from the quarterback at 310, 315 pounds.”
Every bit as spectacular as Robinson at his best — he too earned a pair of 50s — Jones had to settle for second place because of his inability to make his first dunk of the final round, when he tried to jump over three people and windmill the ball through the hoop. When Jones missed all three tries, the resulting score of 37 was enough to effectively knock him out of contention.
Earlier, Jones got a 45 for a similar dunk where he cleared four players (including teammate Marquese Chriss, who stands 6-foot-10) without the added flourish of the windmill. He scored a perfect 50 for going between the legs off a backboard feed from teammate Devin Booker, a dunk Jones might have wanted to save in hindsight. And though it was for naught, Jones earned his other 50 on his final attempt for going between his legs with power off a bounce pass.