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Giants Now (2/29): O-linemen Tristan Wirfs & Netane Muti post freakish combine numbers; how to unlock Isaiah Simmons' unreal potential

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Iowa's Tristan Wirfs sets combine records for OL

Checking in at 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds, Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs showed incredible athleticism for his size when linemen and running backs held their on-field workouts Friday night In Indy. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.85 seconds, the fastest time of any offensive lineman this year. He also set a modern record at his position with a 36.5-inch vertical jump. To complete the trifecta, he recorded a 10-foot-1 broad jump, tying Kolton Miller's combine record for an O-lineman.

Fresno State's Netane Muti tops Combine with 44 reps in bench press

Netane Muti, a 6-foot-3, 315-pound offensive lineman from Fresno State, is the leader in the club house with 44 reps in the 225-pound bench press. With just defensive backs left to compete, it is safe to say he will finish as the strongest prospect in 2020.

Muti is just the 12th player to eclipse 40 reps since 2006; his 44 are the third-most in that span. Defensive tackle Stephen Paea, who was drafted in the second round out of Oregon State by the Chicago Bears, holds the record with 49 in 2011. The late Mitch Petrus, whom the Giants drafted in 2010, is second with 45.

In 2018, Giants guard Will Hernandez posted 37 reps, tied for 10th-most among offensive linemen. The Giants went on to draft him in the second round out of UTEP.

Running backs and stepped up to the primetime stage

Bucky Brooks: How to unlock Isaiah Simmons' unreal potential

By now, you've heard all about Clemson's Isaiah Simmons, who played more than 100 snaps at five different positions on defense last season. But how do you avoid him becoming a "jack of all trades, master of none" in the NFL? Bucky Brooks, a former NFL player and scout, weighed in.

"Looking at Simmons' potential, I believe he is best suited to play WILL linebacker (weak side) in a 4-3 defense," Brooks wrote on NFL.com. "He could thrive as a nickel linebacker and play in the slot when the team stays in its base defense against "11" personnel (one running back, one tight end and three receivers). Additionally, Simmons could be deployed as a matchup option against dynamic tight ends, to neutralize their effectiveness in the passing game.

"With the Clemson standout also flashing explosive pass rush skills from the second level, he could be a unique defensive weapon as a pro. If a creative defensive coordinator can come up with a clear plan for utilizing Simmons as a multi-faceted playmaker, he is well worth a top-five pick. However, the plan is critical -- otherwise, Simmons could be a 'jack of all trades' that fails to master any one skill as a pro."

Brooks also weighed in on the Jerry Jeudy vs. CeeDee Lamb debate for the top receiver in the class.

"If I had to pick one of these two receivers to build a passing game around, I would opt for Jeudy, due to his versatility and route-running ability," Brooks wrote. "The Alabama standout has a game that's built for the role, and I believe his style fits any system."

Check out the best photos from behind the scenes at the NFL Combine.

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