BBD Editor: Dan Hope
The 2014 Senior Bowl week is well underway as NFL scouts, executives and coaches filled the South Exhibit Hall at the Mobile Convention Center on Monday morning for this year’s weigh-ins. 110 draft hopefuls walked across the stage to have their bodies examined and heights and weights announced in front of the crowd, while hand width, arm length and wingspans were also distributed.
The weigh-ins are only one small part of the process. A player’s impressive measurables only matter if that player can translate that size into impressive on-field play, which we will begin to find out about during practices this afternoon. And while a player’s draft stock might take a hit if he measured up unimpressively, players who can play can find a spot, even if later in the draft, despite lacking size.
Nonetheless, some of the notable weigh-ins included:
- Largest players: Tennessee nose tackle Daniel McCullers (6’6 7/8″, 348), Baylor guard Cyril Richardson (6’4 1/2″, 343), Louisiana Tech nose tackle Justin Ellis (6’1 7/8″, 342), Mississippi State guard Gabe Jackson (6’3″, 339)
- Teams looking for the next Richard Sherman (with or without the trash talk) might want to take a closer look at Utah cornerback Keith McGill. He measured up very impressively for the position, touting a 6’3″ frame and 214 pounds with 10 1/4″ hands, 33″ arms and a 80 7/8″ wingspan.
- Two of the top defensive tackles, Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald and Arizona State’s Will Sutton, brought size concerns with them to weigh-in. Donald measured in at 6′ 7/8″ and 288 pounds with 31 1/4″ arms, while Sutton came in at 6′ 3/4″ and 315 pounds with 30 5/8″ arms.
- The most impressive defensive lineman might have been Minnesota’s Ra’Shede Hageman, who came in chiseled at 6’6″ and 318 pounds with 33 3/4″ arms and an 81 3/4″ wingspan. Another impressive body was that of North Carolina’s Kareem Martin, who mesaures in at 6’5 7/8″ and 272 pounds with 34 3/8″ arms and an 84 1/4″ wingspan; one scout sitting near me was evidently impressed by Martin’s physique.
- At 260 pounds on a 6’1 5/8″ frame, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam looked the part better than expected. he also has 33 1/4″ arms and a 80 1/4″ wingspan.
- Measurables of some potential Bills targets include Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews (6’2 5/8″, 209 lbs, 10 1/2″ hands), Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward (5’10 3/8″, 191 lbs—less than ideal size), Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (6’5 5/8″, 262 lbs, 10 5/8″ hands)
- Among the quarterbacks, Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas clearly stood out at 6’5 3/4″ and 250 pounds, built as much like a tight end (where some think he should end up playing in NFL) as a quarterback. No other quarterback topped 6’2 1/4″ or 222 pounds.
- Georgia’s Aaron Murray is unable to participate in on-field activities this week while recovering from a torn ACL suffered in November. He came in small for a quarterback at only 6′ 3/8″ and 201 pounds, but in very good news, he walked across the stage without a noticeable limp.
In addition, a few players were listed with injuries on the weigh-in sheets. Montana outside linebacker Jordie Tripp had surgery on his right shoulder. Wisconsin inside linebacker Chris Borland, who came at 5’11 3/8″ and 245 pounds, has a sprained thumb on his right hand. Wisconsin free safety Dez Southward had his left wrist and pinky finger wrapped up with an injury.
Before the weigh-in, Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage also revealed in his opening remarks that this year’s game had nine healthy scratches and 19 injury scratches.
The healthy scratches were Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert, Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, Florida State defensive back Lamarcus Joyner, Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack, Stanford inside linebacker Shayne Skov, Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and Texas A&M left tackle Jake Matthews. All of them voluntarily opted out of this week’s game.
While Murray chose to attend the event despite his injury, the other 18 stayed home. As follows, invited players who did not attend and have injuries are UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr, Alabama cornerback Deion Belue, Massachusetts tight end Rob Blanchflower, Dixie State tight end Joe Don Duncan, Florida defensive lineman Dominique Easley, Virginia Tech defensive backs Antone Exum and Kyle Fuller, Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney, Arizona State running back Marion Grice, Oregon defensive end Taylor Hart, North Carolina offensive tackle James Hurst, Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, Oklahoma fullback Trey Millard, Baylor wide receiver Tevin Reese, Alabama guard Anthony Steen, TCU cornerback Jason Verrett, Notre Dame guard Chris Watt and Boston College running back Andre Williams.
Later tonight, we will have a joint recap of today’s practice sessions. The South practices at Fairhope Stadium at 1 p.m. CT while the North kicks off its week at Ladd-Peebles Stadium at 3 p.m. CT.
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