— By Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com —
MOBILE, Ala. — The first step of Senior Bowl week is the weigh-ins, where players trot across a stage in front of hundreds of NFL evaluators and media. Who looked the part Tuesday morning?
Here are several observations from the weigh-in:
–Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen checked all the boxes, measuring 6-foot-4 7/8-inches, 237 pounds and 10 1/8-inch hands. He was simply blessed with impressive genes.
–Due to a family situation, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was not present for the weigh-in, but he was expected to arrive midday on Tuesday in time for practice. His measurements will be announced later on Tuesday.
–As for the other quarterbacks in attendance, Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph had prototypical size at 6-4 1/8-inches and 229 pounds, but only 9 1/8-inch hands. Virginia’s Kurt Benkert came in at 6-2 5/8-inches and 214 pounds with 9 5/8-inch hands. Washington State’s Luke Falk was very unimpressive physically at only 211 pounds, but the height (6-3 3/4-inches) and hand size (9 3/8-inches) were good enough.
–Benkert took home the “most ink” award for his tattoo work (done by his father, Bruce) across his chest and left arm.
–When NFL teams shop for a defensive end prospect, Texas-San Antonio’s Marcus Davenport is what they envision. He came in at 6-5 7/8-inches and 259 pounds with 34-inch arms and an 81 1/4-inch wingspan. His nine-inch hands were slightly below average, but he displays an NFL frame.
–Some were understandably disappointed that Alabama cornerback Levi Wallace weighed only 176 pounds, sporting very little muscle definition. However, he has the longest arms (33 3/8-inches) for a 6-foot cornerback that I can remember. The weight isn’t ideal, but NFL teams can help add the pounds; they can’t do much to address short arms.
–South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert looked like the prototype, coming in at 6-4 1/2-inches and a svelte 260 pounds with 10 1/8-inch hands and 33 7/8-inch arms.
–West Georgia offensive tackle Desmond Harrison entered this week with some buzz due to his impressive movement skills for the position. However, the former Texas Longhorn announced he wouldn’t be participating in practices or the game due to a knee issue. And then at the weigh-in, Harrison came in at 279 pounds and didn’t boast an ideal frame for the tackle position. He should be able to add 15 pounds to be in the mid-290s for the NFL Scouting Combine, but it is just another question mark for a player with several concerns, on and off the field.
–The way he was used in college, linebacker Dorian O’Daniel was basically a safety in Clemson’s scheme. And during weigh-ins, he looked like a safety (6-0 1/2-inches, 215 pounds, 31 1/8-inch arms).
–Central Florida wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith was only average with his height (6-1 5/8-inches), weight (202 pounds) and hand size (nine-inches), but his arm length (34 1/2-inches) is what stood out the most. Iowa State wideout Allen Lazard is physically put-together at 6-4 1/4-inches and 227 pounds and has the largest hands (9 7/8-inches) among the wide receivers.
–Oklahoma’s Ogbonnia Okoronkwo lacks elite height (6-1 3/8-inches) for a defensive end, but his 243-pound frame was sculpted with impressive 34 1/2-inch arms. Despite his shorter stature, he had a great morning.
Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage provided updates on players who were invited but will not be participating.
DECLINED INVITATIONS: Georgia edge rusher Lorenzo Carter, North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb, Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans, Ohio State edge rusher Sam Hubbard, Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell, Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame offensive guard Quenton Nelson, Ohio State center Billy Price, Auburn guard Branden Smith and SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton.
ACCEPTED INVITATIONS, BUT MEDICAL EXEMPTION: Alabama cornerback Anthony Averett, Wake Forest edge rusher Duke Ejiofor, Oregon running back Royce Freeman, Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst, Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller, Stony Brook offensive tackle Timon Parris, Washington wide receiver Dante Pettis and Mississippi State offensive tackle Martinas Rankin.
ACCEPTED INVITATIONS, BUT MEDICAL EXEMPTION (PRESENT IN MOBILE): Georgia edge rusher Davin Bellamy, Alabama linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton, West Georgia offensive tackle Desmond Harrison, Miami tight end Chris Herndon, Boston College cornerback Kamrin Moore, Florida State nose tackle Derrick Nnadi, Arkansas center Frank Ragnow and Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph.
–Dane Brugler is a senior analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, a colloration between The Sports Xchange and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.