In the final day of testing for offensive linemen, Bartholomew finished first in the bench press, with 34 repetitions of 225 pounds, and recorded the second-fastest 40-yard dash time at 4.97 seconds.

Omell said his client actually did better in his second 40 try, though it wasn’t official, running from 4.83 to 4.9 seconds according to scouts using hand-held timers.

“The bottom line is that he was the fastest offensive lineman there, and he led the bench press,” Omell said.

Bartholomew, one of four Orange football players at the combine, likely improved his position from an undrafted free agent or perhaps a seventh-round pick to a mid- to late-round pick in the seven-round NFL draft, Omell said.

“Is he a first-round pick? No. But did he elevate himself from a seventh-round pick to maybe a fourth-rounder? Yes,” Omell said.

Bartholomew, who weighs 298 pounds, moved to center last season after playing mostly guard the year before. On Monday he said he didn’t want to guess where he might be selected. He’d be happy if his stock improved that much.

“That sounds good, but I’m not going to speculate,” he said

Bartholomew said he’s been training in Boca Raton, Fla., with his fellow SU captain Smith the past few weeks. He talked with team representatives about playing center, but his experience at guard will help as well.

Omell, who has been with the National Sports Agency since 2000, said he has talked with some NFL teams about Bartholomew already, but declined to say which ones. He said “it’s a poker game the whole way” when it comes to gauging their interest.

“You never know who likes you and who doesn’t,” he said.

Bartholomew also might get some private workouts for teams, Omell said, and he plans to participate in the Syracuse University “Pro Day” workouts on March 23. Omell said his client is unlikely to repeat the 40-yard dash or bench press, because he did so well at the combine.

Other SU players invited to the combine were running back Delone Carter, who finished his workouts Sunday, and linebackers Derrell Smith and Doug Hogue, who completed their workouts Monday.

Carter, who was labeled as a possible third-round pick heading into the combine, finished third in the 20-yard shuttle, 14th in the 40-yard dash (4.56 seconds) and fourth in the bench press with 27 repetitions of 225 pounds among running backs.

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