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January 21, 2013 @ 11:30 am
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Inside The 2013 Senior Bowl Weigh-In

Written by Eric
Dellaratta
Eric Dellaratta

Eric
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Which future NFL players stood out and impressed scouts at the 2013 National Football Scouting Weigh-In? Which draft prospects disappointed by not living up to their measurables? Find out all the answers as Pewter Report goes inside the Senior Bowl Weigh-In.
The first big event of the 2013 Senior Bowl week kicked off this morning at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Mobile, Alabama. At the Senior Bowl headquarters, players from the North and South teams lined up to be weighed and measured in front of NFL front office staff members and coaches. 

Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik, Director of Player Personnel Dennis Hickey and Director of College Scouting Eric Stokes along with the rest of Tampa Bay's college scouting department all had their eyes fixed on the the college prospects and took detailed notes on players who may end up becoming future Bucs. Below is a list of players that impressed and disappointed Pewter Report on Monday morning at the weigh-in.

MOST IMPRESSIVE 
UCLA defensive end Datone Jones looked great walking across the stage on Monday. He weighed in at 6-foot-4, 280 pounds, and he even caught the eye of general manger Mark Dominik. As Jones walked across the stage, Dominik stared him down. Jones had a very muscular build and a huge lower half. He looks very strong and Pewter Report can’t wait to see him on the practice fields. If Jones makes some noise this week, he could jump into first-round consideration. 
SMU defensive end Margus Hunt stole the show at the weigh-ins in Mobile. He checked in at a whopping 6-foot-8, 277 pounds. Hunt was listed at 6-foot-7, 280 pounds, so he was surprisingly even taller than expected. Hunt is a very raw prospect, but his rare size and athleticism will intrigue teams. The former Mustang will certainly be a player to watch this week at practice.

Central Michigan defensive end Eric Fisher looked outstanding at the weigh-ins on Monday. He checked in exactly at his listed height and weight. Fisher was measured at 6-foot-7 and tipped the scales at 305 pounds. The Chippewa senior was in great shape and looked to have long arms. Fisher looks to be a top 10 draft pick in April and is without a doubt the best offensive tackle at the Senior Bowl this week.

MOST DISAPPOINTING 
Each year there are several players that look out of shape or are listed much bigger than their actual size. Here are some players that disappointed Pewter Report at the Senior Bowl weigh-in.

Georgia cornerback Sanders Commings was much shorter than expected. The Bulldog was listed at 6-foot-2, 216 pounds, but he checked in at just 5-foot-11, 223 pounds. Commings was three inches shorter than anticipated and that could hurt his draft stock substantially. The Georgia cornerback improved a lot over the course of 2012. He excelled in press man coverage and really looked good against a couple of quality SEC opponents. Everyone that was expecting 6-foot-2 length is certainly disappointed.
 
Fresno State running back Robbie Rouse caught the eye of general manager Mark Dominik at the Senior Bowl weigh-in. As Rouse walked onto the stage for his measurements, Dominik pointed at the running back to Director of Player Personnel Dennis Hickey. The two watched Rouse closely as he made his way across the stage. Unfortunately, Rouse was listed two inches under his listed height. Rouse checked in at just 5-foot-5, 186 pounds. The Fresno State scat back has good quickness and is valuable as a third-down receiver. He should be a late-round pick come April.
 
Alabama offensive lineman D.J. Fluker did not have a spectacular weigh-in. He checked in at 6-foot-4, 355 pounds, which is two inches shorter than his listed height and 20 pounds heavier than his listed weight. Fluker looked more like a guard than a tackle. His weight could also be an issue moving forward. The Alabama lineman was a solid right tackle for the Crimson Tide over the years, so it will be interesting to see his performance this week against some of the nation’s best pass rushers. 

NO-SHOWS

Much to the disappointment of NFL talent evaluators and draftniks, Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown was a last minute medical scratch and he will not be participating in the Senior Bowl this week. Brown is an extremely athletic linebacker, similar to Lavonte David in stature and skill set. He could have worked his way into first-round consideration with a good week of practice.

Other players not participating this week at the Senior Bowl due to either not accepting the invitation, medical reasons or last-second dropouts include: Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, Utah defensive tackle Star Lotutlelei, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, Texas safety Kenny Vacarro, Alabama guard Chance Warmack, North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper, Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks, USC quarterback Matt Barkley, Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati tight end Travis Kelce, Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan, Florida State defensive end Tank Carradine, North Carolina offensive tackle Brennan Williams, Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams, West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin, South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger, USC center Khaled Holmes, and Michigan State cornerback Johnny Adams.

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- Andrew Scavelli contributed to this report
Last modified on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 00:08
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    Is fisher from central michigan an offensive tackle or a defensive end? A major typo on PR's part.
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    Sneedy16: Isn't a guy exaggerating his bodily dimensions somewhat acceptable? The way PR described our GM and staff eyeballing half-naked men reminded me of the Fantasy Fest stories a co-worker used to tell. It's OK to point Mark, just don't giggle.
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    Unfortunately, the agents and handlers are keeping most of the players slated for the 1st round out of the game. It's mostly players who are looking to move up. Understandable, but the players like Milliner, Banks, Rhodes, the pass rushing DEs, and the 2 top-rated TEs were the ones I wanted to see in game action. The Combine is a glorified track meet, you can't see instincts and decision-making.
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    How can there be a 3 inch discrepancy with someones height? Did they not know that they will eventually find out that you not 6-2? The Senior Bowl and Combine been going on for years now so I don't understand why the need to fabricate. They do weight ins every year for it. Come on man it's like saying your selling a 60" screen TV knowing that it's a 48". They will verify what you are selling before they by the product.
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