Senior Bowl weigh-in review

January 23, 2018

Unfortunately, the main attraction at today’s measurement session at the Senior Bowl in Mobile wasn’t there as Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield’s arrival in Mobile has been delayed by an undisclosed family issue. NFL teams were hoping to finally get a read on just how tall Mayfield is as he is listed at 6-0, but nobody believes he’s quite that tall. No doubt, Mayfield will be measured once he does arrive in Mobile and we are hoping that those results are announced although often the supplementary results often aren’t.

Otherwise, there weren’t really a lot of surprises from today’s weigh-in session. Emerging Texas-San Antonio DE Marcus Davenport, one of the hottest prospects in this year’s draft class, certainly looked the part as he measured in at 6-6, 260 with almost 34-inch arms. Ohio State DE Jalyn Holmes also looked the part as he measured in at 6-4.5 and 280 pounds with 34 and ¾ inch arms. Oklahoma DE Ogbonnia Ooronkwo also showed an impress reach with 34.5-inch arms, but he only measured in at 6-1, 243 which may force him to have to find a niche as a 3-4 edge rushing OLB at the next level. Stanford DT Harrison Phillips also aced the eyeball test as he measured in at a solid 6-3.5 and 303 pounds with 33 and ¾ inch arms and 10.5-inch clubs for hands.

A couple of WRs from lesser programs also caused a bit of a stir this morning. Jaleel Scott of New Mexico State, for example, measured in at 6-4.5 and 216 pounds with 34-inch arms, while Penn’s Justin Watson also had 34-inch arms on his 6-2.5, 213-pound frame. Oklahoma State WR James Washington, arguably the top-rated receiver in Mobile this week, also had 34-inch arms giving him an impressive catch radius, although he was a little shorter than teams were hoping at just 5-11. Washington’ OSU teammate Marcel Ateman also turned a few heads as he measured in at 6-4, 216 with 33.5 inch arms. On the other hand, Colorado State’s Michael Gallup may have disappointed as he measured in at under 6-1, under 200 pounds and with less than a 31-inch reach. Louisville’s Jaylen Samuels also may have been a little smaller than expected as he measured in at 5-11.5 and 223 pounds with just 31.5 inch arms and smallish hands.

There was also some impressive length among the top offensive tackles in Mobile. Tyrell Crosby of Oregon, for example, measured in at 6-4.5 and 320 pounds with 34.5-inch arms. At the same time, Pitt’s Brain O’Neill checked in with 34-inch arms, while rising NC A&T OT Brandon Parker was even better at 35.5 inches. The latter two guys though were a little skinny with O’Neill measuring in at 6-6.5, 298 and Parker at 6-7, 303. The other OT who kind of stood out today was TCU’s Joe Noteboom who measured in at 6-5, 306 with 35.5 inch arms. On the other hand, Michigan C/T Mason Cole was hoping to get some consideration as an OT, but at 6-4, 303 with just 32-inch arms, he appears destined to play inside.

Speaking of skinny, Alabama CB Levi Wallace checked in with impressive (for a corner) 33.5-inch arms, but was only 6-0, 176. Meanwhile, Clemson NFL teams likely will have some questions where Clemson ILB Dorian O’Daniel might fit after he weighed in at barely 215 pounds with just 31-inch arms, which wouldn’t be all that big for a SS these days.

Other than Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, one of the best stories at the Senior Bowl is that of Central Florida LB Shaq Griffin who has just one hand as a result of a birth defect. That didn’t stop him from making plays all over the field in UCF’s run to this year’s mythical national championship as he has next level speed, but isn’t going to win in shorts as he’s just 6-0, 223 with 31.5 arms. At the same time, though a couple of other emerging LBs fared better this morning. South Carolina State’s Darius Leonard weighed in at just under 230 pounds, but has long arms (34”) and huge hands (10.5”). Meanwhile, Kemoko Turay of Rutgers turned some heads at 6-4.5 and 252 pounds with 33.5 inch arms.

Same story for South Dakota State TE Dallas Godert who measured in at 6-4.5, 260 with 34-inch arms. He was arguably the best looking TE prospect in shorts along with Penn State’s Mike Gesicki who measured in at 6-5, 242 with 34-inch arms and 10-inch hands.