The 2015 Reese’s Senior Bowl week has officially kicked off in Mobile, Alabama starting with the weigh-ins at the Mobile Convention Center. Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht was in attendance as well as Buccaneers director of college scouting Mike Biehl, former Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik, former Buccaneers director of player personnel Dennis Hickey, and a plethora of other Buccaneers front office members.
Scouts and talent evaluators watched closely to see the body types and measurements of the prospects in attendance at the Senior Bowl. As usual a number of players players came in listed much smaller than their actual measurements, and some end up weighing more than their listing, making the weigh-in a very important part of the evaluation process for NFL teams.
Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah weighed-in at the Senior Bowl at 5-foot-8, 198 pounds. The Cornhuskers stud could add a little more weight, but that could wash out some of his elite quickness and speed, which are his best attributes. While the Bucs appear set at running back, the potential to draft a player that can score a touchdown every time he touches the ball may be too hard to pass up on day two of the draft.
East Carolina wide receiver Justin Hardy weighed in shorter than expected. He came up an inch and a half shorter than his original 6-foot listing. The East Carolina pass-catcher also checked in at 190 pounds. Hardy is a special player with excellent ball skills but he doesn’t have elite physical attributes.
Missouri defensive end Markus Golden weighed in at 6-foot-2, 255, which is a bit on the small side, but the former Tiger has a lot of growth potential and could develop more muscle. However, Golden has some of the smallest arms at the Reese’s Senior Bowl, measuring just 31 inches. The former Tiger is an interesting edge-rushing prospect, but his size doesn’t help his cause with 4-3 teams.
Speedy Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett came in two inches shorter than his listed height. The Wildcat checked in at 5-foot-9, 181 pounds, which was six pounds heavier than his listed weight. Lockett has great separation ability and quickness but his size will likely cap his NFL potential. The Buccaneers are in the market for a speedy slot receiver and Lockett also excelled on special teams during his career at Kansas State.
Pittsburgh offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings looked extremely athletic and well built, weighing in at 6-foot-4, 307 pounds. The Pittsburgh product produced some excellent game tape as a senior and has a huge chance to move up into the top half of the first round this week at practice.
Baylor wide receiver Antwan Goodley looked ripped with tons of muscle packed on his 5-foot-10, 210 pound frame. He’s a physical receiver that could move up draft boards with a good week of practice. The Buccaneers could look to upgrade their slot reciever position, and Goodley offers a skill set that could benefit the Buccaneers offense.
LSU offensive tackle La’el Collins walked across the stage and weighed in at 6-foot-4, 308 pounds. He had extremely long legs and carried his weight very well. Collins has huge hands (10 6/8”) and 34 inch arms to boot. The LSU product offers great upside and a good Senior Bowl week would do wonders for his draft stock. Some scouts feel Collins would make a solid guard at the next level as well.
Trey Flowers has an absolutely massive wingspan (84 1/8), which will go a long way when he goes up against lengthy NFL offensive tackles. At 6-foot-2, 268 pounds, Flowers would fit quite nicely as a 4-3 defensive end with NFL teams, potentially the Buccaneers.
Miami battering ram middle linebacker Denzel Perryman weighed in at 5-foot-10, 242 pounds, why was just shy of his 5-foot-11 listing. Perryman is a stud on the field and plays with incredible tenacity. It will be interesting to see Perryman’s movement skills this week at practice. The Miami linebacker could step in for Mason Foster, who is an unrestricted free agent, as the Buccaneers starting middle linebacker.
Northern Iowa running back David Johnson looks much longer than he actually is. Johnson checked in at 6-foot, which is two inches shorter than his listed height of 6-foot-2, and weighed 224 pounds. Johnson is a long-strider with excellent athletic ability.
Cincinnati linebacker Jeff Luc looked absolutely jacked at the Senior Bowl weight, but his height and overall length may be an issue for NFL teams. The Bearcats linebacker tipped the scales at 5-foot-11, 263. Luc’s lower body looked extremely strong and built compared to others at the weigh-in.
Norfolk State defensive end Lynden Trail looked massive at 6-foot-6, 262 pounds. He had the longest arms on the South team at 34 7/8 inches. Trail has a big opportunity to blow up here at the Senior Bowl and push his name into the national discussion.
Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty weighed in at 6-foot-2, 230 pounds but actually looked much bigger. Petty projects as the Senior Bowl’s best quarterback in a weak senior class of signal callers.
USC cornerback Joshua Shaw didn’t have an ounce of fat on his 6-foot, 198 pound body. He looked extremely muscular and athletic. After an excellent week at the Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Shaw will looked to show what he can do against bigger and better competition this week in Mobile, Alabama. Long cornerbacks are hard to find and physical cornerbacks that play aggressively against the run fit well in head coach Lovie Smith’s defense.
Florida Gators offensive tackle Trent Brown weighed in at a whopping 6-foot-8, 378 pounds at the Reese’s Senior Bowl weigh-in. The former Gator had skinny calves and a skinny lower body in general. Brown carried his weight rather poorly and will need to take better care of his body if he wants to play at the next level.
Some notable players who chose to opt out of the 2015 Reese’s Senior Bowl included Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley, South Carolina guard A.J. Cann, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, Louisville wide receiver Devante Parker, Florida State tight end Nick O’Leary, Florida State offensive lineman Cameron Erving, and UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley.
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Tom Brady looked like a huge un athletic geak and Tony Mandarich looked like the “Hulk” I don’t put a lot of stock in appearances as players tend to look like “tarzan” and play like “jane”, just show me the game tape
Shaw from usc is intriguing me more and more as this process goes on. I agree with jon that looks mean nothing. Brady Quinn was built like he man.
Agreed on all points made.
Tim Tebow too, lol
Ever since I heard that he reason the Bucs ranked Kueckly behind Barron was they thought Kueckly’s arms were too short to disengage from blockers I cringe when I hear arms as a reason for knocking a guy down. M. Golden is an example of a guy that is easily overcoming that shortcoming.
Different scout dept. this time around. Hope we can find a few diamonds in the ruff. Hope they use the picks wisely.
sounding like a broken record, but…yes to Lockett, yes to any OL who we can grab, and yes to a QB (I know that wasn’t featured in this write-up, but I couldn’t help myself….even Petty would be an upgrade for us)… Finally, why on earth does a kid like Hundley not show-up for this game…he must have no faith in his own ability because if the game came to this game and showed well he would solidify himself in the middle of round 1….guess he’s content with being a round 2/3 guy…
Excellent point. UCLA ran a very similar system to Oregon’s only not as fast paced and Hundley didn’t perform well consistently. I believe given his arm strength and decision making (not good accuracy though) he would be more effective in a traditional vertical offense, but now we’ll never know until he’s playing in the NFL.
I have watched Hundley since he was in highschool since he is from AZ and I have watched him in college and saw his best game in Tempe vs the Sun Devils when he had the best game of his career so I can speak on this without bias. Hundley has all the physical tools to be great he has great size a live arm throws a beautiful ball and is extremely mobile, BUT he is extremely inconsistant and will literally disapear in games. He reminds me alot of Josh Freeman which is not a good thing and I wouldn’t risk taking him in the draft. So hometown boy and Pac 12 guy and No I don’t want him
Is haveinstein playing from wisconsin? He’s an effing man. If he’s there at 34 we need to take him. 6’8″ 330. As an Iowa Hawkeye die hard it’s not easy for me to say but Wisconsin produces grade A lineman just like Iowa does. Hell if sherff drops we need to trade up and get him too if he drops to lets say 24-25. We need nasty, go to the echo of the whistle lineman. Big ten lineman do that. But I’m tired of having sissy small lineman. I want big physical bullys that are gonna knock you on your ass then shove you as your getting up. Get the qb, then draft ol with majority of the picks with the open mind to take a wr, dl, etc. That needs to be our plan. Ol needs to be fixed through the draft. We can get Jason piere paul and date I say ndamukong such in FA. That would allow us to draft Winston or mariota, then add a lot of ol and a wr and lb.
Sorry for the typos on names and other words. Auto correct on my phone.
Good info JonnyG. I can’t believe your son is already in high school. Must be a thrill for him to be able to hob knob with the players.
I agree Buclover! NO SMALL OLINEMAN!! SR was promoting a 301lb G. NOT INTERESTED! Too small for the modern NFL. By the time he has been in the league for 5 years the average NFL G will probably be 330 lbs and he will be overpowered by the 330-350 lb dlinemen! We need 320+ lb G!!
I think that if Tampa selects QB Jameis Winston with pick NO#1, Then with the next two picks it should be offensive line period.GO BUCS
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