The Reese’s Senior Bowl kicks off on Monday with practices for both the North and South teams, but before that the National Football Scouting weigh-ins took place in the Mobile Convention Center. Each player had their height and weight measured in front of general managers, coaches, and scouts. Former Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik and former Bucs defensive Bill Sheridan were both in attendance.
The Buccaneers were well represented at the Senior Bowl weigh-ins, as director of college scouting Eric Stokes, director of player personnel Dennis Hickey, defensive line coach Joe Cullen, and a plethora of Buccaneers scouts were in attendance.
Here are some players that stood out to PewterReport.com at the Senior Bowl weigh-ins on Monday.
MOST IMPRESSIVEAs expected, Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas was physically the most impressive quarterback at the Senior Bowl, checking in at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds. Thomas has a very muscular build and looks more like a tight end than a quarterback. He had a very poor senior campaign in 2013 and is a barely a draftable prospect because of poor decision-making and sub-par technique.
FSU linebacker Christian Jones looked chiseled and athletic at the Senior Bowl weigh-ins on Monday. The Florida State senior tipped the scales at 6-foot-3, 234 pounds, an excellent size for an inside linebacker. Jones will put on the South team’s jersey when he takes the field on Monday for practice. Arkansas defensive end Chris Smith, who was listed at 6-foot-3 on the rosters, ended up checking in at just 6-foot-1. The Razorback senior did weigh in at a solid 266 pounds and had huge legs. This will be a huge week of practice for Smith, who will need to prove that he can use proper technique and keep offensive lineman from engaging.
Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman looked outstanding at the weigh-ins on Monday. His 6-foot-6, 318 pound frame impressed many of the scouts in attendance. Hageman has some qualities similar to that of Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers, who was a first round pick two years ago.
Georgia tight end Arthur Lynch weighed in at 6-foot-4, 258 pounds and had gigantic legs. His leg strength will come in handy this week at Senior Bowl practices, where he’ll be asked to be an inline blocker quite often.
MOST DISAPPOINTING Auburn Cornerback Chris Davis checked in at just 5-foot-9, two inches shorter than his listed height of 5-foot-11. Those extra two inches could’ve helped in the National Championship when he was beat by stud 6-foot-5 wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin for the game-winning touchdown. With NFL receivers using more high-pointing ability than speed these days, NFL teams are hunting for taller cornerbacks who matchup better with tall receivers like Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Brandon Marshall and others. Davis’ height will certainly be something that NFL teams are concerned with.
The group of quarterbacks in Mobile, Alabama this week didn’t fare particularly well at the weigh-ins on Monday. Miami’s Stephen Morris came in at just 6-foot-1, 208 pounds, which is 10 pounds lighter than his listed weight of 218. Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was just 6-foot after being checked in on the Senior Bowl stage. San Jose State quarterback David Fales was listed at 6-foot-2, but came in an inch shorter that that at 6-foot-1.
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, who will not be participating in the practices or game, was in attendance weighed in at 6-foot, 201 pounds. Murray’s size is something that talent evaluators and draft pundits were concerned with heading into the pre-draft process, and they can’t be too pleased with his measurements from the Senior Bowl.
Kadeem Edwards, an offensive guard from Tennessee State, weighed in at 6-foot-4, 304 pounds. Those numbers are pretty good for a guard, but Edwards’ physique was flabby and it didn’t look like took great care of his body compared to others in his position group.
The receivers in Mobile for the 2014 Senior Bowl are some of the smallest in recent memory. Oklahoma’s Jalen Saunders checked in at 5-foot-8, Florida’s Solomon Patton at 5-foot-8, Wake Forest’s Michael Campanaro at 5-foot-9, Northwestern’s Kain Colter at 5-10, and Oregon’s Josh Huff at 5-foot-11. These short receivers will need to show great suddenness and speed if they want to help their draft stocks.
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