MOBILE, AL -- Here's the thing about the weigh-ins at the Senior Bowl: they're incredibly awkward. NFL executives, head coaches and media pile into an auditorium to watch 114 prospects walk across the stage in underwear.
The purpose? For those in attendance to see the fruit beared after years of time in collegiate strength programs across the country. Is a player well built? Do they carry their weight well? Do they meet the "thresholds" required for specific positions?
For example, "length" is often debated for line of scrimmage prospects. Does a player have the measurements to help themselves battle the speed of the game and create awkward angles for the opposition?
Hand size is a hotly contested topic of conversation for quarterbacks and pass catchers, as well. The general rule of thumb for quarterbacks (pun intended...maybe) is 9.5" hands is the threshold. If that holds true, Missouri QB Drew Lock may have "hurt" himself today with his 9.00" hand size.
But here's the dirty little secret: unless a player has a glaring deficiency, teams will typically defer to the tape. So no, I'm not buying the perception that Drew Lock is a "loser" from this morning's weigh ins.
One thing that is apparent? This year's Senior Bowl crop is incredibly well developed. There are no shortage of well developed players who carry their weight extremely well. Football players are build from the ground up. The vast majority of this year's prospects are dense below the waist, which affords them the chance to apply power and explosion as needed.
If you had to ask me who "won" the weigh-in today, I'd have a hard time narrowing my list under 10-15 names. I'll do my best to keep it brief.
QB Tyree Jackson, Buffalo: Jackson measured a legit 6-foot-7, 249 pounds and has 10" hands. These easily clear the thresholds for quarterbacks. Add in his powerful arm and mobility and Jackson will have Mobile buzzing by the end of the week.
QB Gardner Minshew, Washington State: Minshew is a smaller passer in height, he measured just short of 6-foot-1. But he weighed in over 220 pounds and touted a dense lower half, suggesting he's sturdy enough to withstand the wear and tear of getting hit repeatedly. Oh, and he had the largest hands (10.25") of any QB in attendance.
RB Karan Higdon, Michigan: Higdon checked in over 200 pounds, despite measuring just 5-foot-9. He's dense and when considering he handled a larger workload in 2018 with the Wolverines, any concerns over his durability may be eased.
WR Tyre Brady, Marshall: Brady rolled into Mobile with 10" hands and over 6-foot-2. His 33.5"+ arms will offer him an impressive catch radius as well. This is a confirmation measurement: he's exactly who he projected to be on tape.
OL Andre Dillard, Washington State: The rumblings of Dillard as a potential first-rounder have been bubbling up for a few weeks. It's not hard to see why he's got fans after seeing Dillard at the weigh-in. He's lean, long and meets every desired threshold for an NFL offensive tackle (most specifically his 34" arms).
DL Renell Wren, Arizona State: Wren was the last measured prospect at this year's event. And for Wren, a potential 1T, Wren checked in at a loaded 315 pounds. If Wren can translate his first step quickness at this weight throughout the week, look out.
EDGE Carl Granderson, Wyoming: Edge defenders are the one position teams typically don't make concessions for. Fortunately for Granderson, he checked in at an impressively lean 246 pounds...but more importantly with nearly 35" arms. Does he know how to use that length? Check the tape. If he does, then we've got a weigh-in winner.
LB Bobby Okereke, Stanford: Few athletes showed better than Okereke, who certainly looks the part of an NFL linebacker. Okereke shows explosiveness on film and measureables to supplement. With long arms and an explosive first step, his tackle radius is through the roof.
CB Amani Oruwariye, Penn State: 6-foot-1 and 3/4th inches. 204 pounds. 32" arms. These are the measures of a day one cornerback prospect (provided the film matches up...or sometimes even without the tape). Fortunately for Oruwariye, his film shows a lot of high end skills.