Measurement Day at the NFL Combine sorts out one glaring mystery that hovers over NFL evaluator’s heads: should I believe the given measurables on the college team’s website?
The NFL Combine puts a microscope on the entire player pool, spotlighting their hand size, their past run-ins with the law and their fake online girlfriends. There is only one player with the last issue…I hope.
Anyway, here’s what stood out from the player measurement reports today among all potential first-round players.
Keenan Allen and DeAndre Hopkins Have Some Big Hands
Big hands usually means top-flight catching ability and a good sign of a possession receiver in the NFL. Two potential first-round talents Allen and Hopkins have that coveted hand size, coming in at over 10 inches long.
If they can show dynamic catching skills at their pro days, these top might have an edge to get selected in the first round.
Mike Glennon is Going to Get the “Osweiler Treatment”
Brock Osweiler had only started 15 college games, but his 6’7”, 240-pound frame and rocket arm convinced the Denver Broncos to select him in the late second round.
Mike Glennon only started for two seasons at North Carolina State, but he’s getting a ton of love from NFL draft prognosticators. He also happens to be 6’7” per the combine measurements and has a strong arm he will show off this weekend. Go figure.
Expect Glennon to get a second-round grade, with a chance to get selected late in the first round if a team trades up to get him.
How Can Luke Joeckel Be That Athletic?
For those literal thinkers, you got me all wrong. I’m surprised at how big Joeckel is and yet how athletic he comes off on tape.
The Texas A&M product measured in a 6’6” and 306 pounds, yet B/R’s Matt Miller still calls him “the best left tackle prospect I've seen in my days scouting—dating back to 2001. That includes Jake Long, Joe Thomas and Matt Kalil.”
That’s heavy praise for a heavy man. Joeckel isn’t eating fried chicken every night, though; he’s hitting the bench press and making a case for No. 1 in April. Watch out.
Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow his sports musings and random life observations on Twitter.
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