Senior Bowl 2018: Winners and losers from Tuesday's weigh-in at Mobile
Senior Bowl weigh-ins may seem insignificant, but they hold importance during the pre-draft process.
Senior Bowl festivities kicked off early Tuesday morning with the perpetually awkward weigh-in session in which all participants walk across a large stage and get measured in front of hundreds of team employees and media members.
And while draft-stock fluctuation will mostly occur during the week of practices and the game on Saturday, there were some winners and losers from the Mobile weigh-in, as the physical measurements remain an important part of the pre-draft process.
Heights are listed in "6023" form, with the last number representing eighths of an inch. So, 6023 would be 6-foot-2 and 3/8 of an inch.
Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
Weigh-in: 6057 / 259 / 34" arms
Some believed Davenport's listed size at 6-foot-7 and 255 pounds was slightly exaggerated. Turns out, it wasn't stretched that much. Combine his nearly 6-6 frame with long, 34-inch arms and you have one enormous defensive end.
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, OLB, Oklahoma
Weigh-in: 6013 / 243 / 34 1/2" arms
For an "undersized" outside rusher, Okoronkwo measuring in at over 6-1 and north of 240 pounds is important. For many teams, those are the thresholds for edge-rushers. Beyond that, Okoronkwo's 34 1/2-inch arms are tentacle-like. Relatively speaking, the Oklahoma star is still on the smaller side of the outside pass-rusher spectrum, but his length can be likened to other, much bigger NFL pass-rushers.
Uchenna Nwosu, OLB, USC
Weigh-in: 6020 / 245 / 33 1/2" arms
Nwosu is the other "smaller but productive" outside linebacker in this class with fringe first-round talent and collegiate film. For him to hit 6-2 and 245 pounds is a huge win for him. His 33 1/2-inch arms mean he has enough length to keep offensive linemen off his frame.
Perspective: Von Miller's official size at the combine was 6025 and 245 pounds with 33 1/2-inch arms.
Levi Wallace, CB, Alabama
Weigh-in: 6003 / 176 / 33 3/8" arms
Ok, so Wallace could stand to gain some weight at the next level. And he will. That won't be a problem for an NFL strength and conditioning program. But those arms will be tantalizing to many scouts, general managers, and defensive coordinators. Length at the cornerback spot is often seen as the catalyst for plays on the football. Wallace snagged three picks and knocked down 15 passes in 2017.
Joseph Noteboom, OT, TCU
Weigh-in: 6051 / 306 / 35 1/2" arms
In general, 34-inch arms represent the threshold for NFL offensive tackles. For Noteboom, an established pass-protector to hit 6-5 and have arms longer than 35 inches is really impressive.
Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Weigh-in: 6047 / 237 / 10 1/8" hands
Everyone was expecting Allen to stand out among the other quarterback prospects, and he did to a certain degree. Being nearly 6-5 and almost 240 pounds represents the "he looks like an NFL signal-caller" portion of scouting reports written about him. Hand size is a hotly debated topic during draft season, and while smaller hands don't totally disqualify a quarterback prospect from succeeding at the NFL, teams would rather have a quarterback who has large mitts for ball-security purposes.
Perspective: Carson Wentz has nearly the same size hands at 10 inches.
James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
Weigh-in: 5107 / 210 / 34" arms / 9 5/8" hands
Washington's weight and especially his arm length would push him into the "winners" subheading. But there was plenty of negative buzz about him not even hitting 5-11 despite being listed at 6-0 during his illustrious career at Oklahoma State.
Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa
Weigh-in: 5097 / 188
Wadley is a quick-twitch scat back, so he wasn't expected to hit the 200-pound mark. But at nearly 5-10 and under 190 is relatively small even for a change-of-pace speedster.
Perspective: Only 16 running backs who've participated at the combine since 1999 have weighed less than 188 pounds.
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