The Senior Bowl weigh-in process is often likened to a “meat market,” and although the display is somewhat unsavory for players, it serves a valuable purpose.
The weigh-in is the first opportunity for NFL personnel to see Senior Bowl attendees without pads or casual attire. The process serves to give scouts and other personnel a feel for each prospect’s physical attributes, and it also answers many questions that may have arisen about particular prospects.
It’s not uncommon for schools to list their players at somewhat embellished figures. A player may be listed at 6’2” on his school’s website, but that doesn’t mean he is actually 6’2”. The weigh-in measurement process helps dispel some of those inaccuracies, and at times can bolster a player’s draft stock before the first practice even begins.
We’ll take a look at the top Senior Bowl prospects with the most to gain from their positive weigh-in results.
*Weigh-in results provided by Senior Bowl Public Relations Director Rob Lehocky in official email release.
Ryan Nassib: QB, Syracuse
Height is one of the most scrutinized measurements for the quarterback position. It is often the case that quarterbacks measure well short of their listed measurements, and their draft stock immediately comes in question.
Nassib was one such prospect this year. He is listed at 6’3” in his official bio on Syracuse’s athletics website.
While Nassib isn’t 6’3”, he did measure in at 6’2”—an acceptable height for a quarterback garnering attention for first-round consideration in April.
Nassib could be one of the top quarterbacks selected in the draft, and the first step to the process was proving to scouts he has the height and bulk to hold up in an NFL environment. He did that at the weigh-in and now must focus on impressing those scouts on the field during practices this week.
Margus Hunt: DE, SMU
Hunt may have provided the most exciting measurable at the Senior Bowl weigh-in. He measured in at a shade over 6’8” and 277 pounds—just three pounds short of his listed weight in his official bio with SMU.
Along with impressive height and weight for a defensive end prospect, Hunt displayed a wingspan of over 82 inches. His arms measured 33 3/8”.
Hunt is one of the most intriguing defensive line prospects in this year’s draft class. His bulk and length make Hunt a candidate for many defensive schemes, and with a little room to bulk up, he may be an ideal 3-4 defensive end candidate at the next level.
Bleacher Report’s own Matt Miller has already heard comparisons between Hunt and another high-profile defensive end while in Mobile, AL:
And I just heard the first Margus Hunt/J. J. Watt comparison. Love it.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 21, 2013
There are often several candidates whose weigh-in results spark immediate buzz. Hunt’s weigh-in results are impressive, though he’ll have to prove his worth on the field this week. Still, expect Hunt to make a move up the draft boards in the pre-draft process.
D.J. Fluker: OT, Alabama
Fluker is a monster offensive lineman with tons of NFL potential, and despite weighing in 20 pounds heavier than his listed weight in his bio from Alabama athletics, Fluker looked great.
Josh Norris of Rotoworld feels Fluker’s weigh-in results were overwhelmingly positive:
Not at all. Likely the opposite. Looked great RT @chrisroth98: Did Fluker coming in at 355 hurt him at all?— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) January 21, 2013
Fluker came in a little more than an inch shorter than his previously listed height (6’6”), but he has a massive wingspan (87”) and 36 3/8” inch arms—both extremely impressive measurements for an offensive lineman.
With Fluker’s size, he likely won’t get much consideration to play on the left side of the line in the NFL, but with a good showing this week, Fluker may propel himself up the boards as the premier right tackle candidate in this year’s draft class.