2013 Senior Bowl: Fluker, Glennon highlight weigh-in surprises
The naked truth that comes quite literally at the Senior Bowl exposed some players as undersized while others proved to be as rock solid as advertised. Over 100 players weighed in before taking to the practice fields on Monday, with Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker and N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon not living up to their listed measurables.
The naked truth that comes quite literally at the Senior Bowl exposed some players as undersized while others proved to be as rock solid as advertised. Over 100 players weighed in before taking to the practice fields on Monday.
The biggest surprise -- no pun intended -- appeared to be Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker, listed at 6-foot-6 and 335 pounds at Alabama but weighing in at 355 pounds and standing at 6-foot-4 and 7/8 inches. Fluker, who gained Senior Bowl eligibility thanks to graduating early while being on campus for four seasons, has some weight to lose before the NFL Combine before NFL personnel start to ask questions about his body. On the plus side, Fluker was one of two players with arms over 87 inches, a pretty good trait to have when blocking a quarterback.
Other players who came in under their listed height and weight included Georgia cornerback Sanders Commings (5-11 7/8, 223), Southeastern Louisiana cornerback Robert Alford (5-9 7/8, 186), Louisiana Tech receiver Quinton Patton (6-0, 202), Stanford running Stepfan Taylor (5-9, 216), Nevada safety Duke Williams (5-11, 201), Fresno State running back Robbie Rouse (5-5 7/8, 186) and Elon receiver Aaron Mellette (still an impressive 6-2 ½, 216).
But others actually came in bigger than expected with North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon the most prominent name of them all. Glennon showed up nearly two inches taller than he had been listed at with the Wolfpack, measuring 6-6 and ¾. Immediately, analysts began dropping the name 'Brock Osweiler' in reaction to the news. Some believe Glennon's height could work against him in the draft process.
Others with better-than-believed measurables include SMU defensive end Margus Hunt (6-8 ¼, 277 pounds) and Southern Miss linebacker Jamie Collins (6-3 3/8, 245 pounds).
And though it's probably not possible to truly get draft stock help at the weigh-in, some players passed the eyeball test with flying colors. Two linemen especially, Oklahoma's Lane Johnson and Central Michigan's Eric Fisher, drew plenty of attention from the onlookers.
Clemson defensive end Malliciah Goodman measured out well at 6-foot-3 1/2 with nearly 11-inch hands and a tremendous 87 ¾ inch wingspan. Those numbers could get him some extra attention this week.
And as noted by our own Dane Brugler, quarterbacks Ryan Nassib and Tyler Wilson both measured at or slightly above 6-foot-2, eliminating the "too short" label from any criticisms.
Each signal-caller can help to silence his critics during a week spent in Mobile, Alabama
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