2014 College Football Recruits with Prototypical Size for Their Position
Football is a physical sport, which means that players need to have great size at their position to withstand the taxing punishment that comes with playing the game.
Several players have excelled without possessing great size, including Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith.
However, players who have prototypical size at their position have a greater chance for success. Examining the prospects of 2014 class, several appear to be prototypical physical fits for their positions.
A trio of quarterbacks look like NFL passers. A pair of safeties have bodies that look like linebackers, an offensive guard weighs nearly 400 pounds and a defensive tackle's listed size is shockingly large.
All player's sizes are based off their listed height and weight at 247Sports.
Cornerback: Marlon Humphrey, Jabrill Peppers and Tony Brown
Often times, cornerbacks are 5'10", 185 pounds and have smaller frames. These players make up for their lack of great size by being exceptional athletes.
Marlon Humphrey, Jabrill Peppers and Tony Brown combine great athleticism with fantastic size for the cornerback position. Humphrey is a tall and long 6'1" and 175 pounds.
Brown is a stout and strong 6'0" cornerback who weighs around the 190-pound mark. Peppers has the best size of the trio, as he is big 6'1", 205-pound cornerback who could weigh 220 pounds before he leaves Michigan.
Safety: Quin Blanding and Laurence Jones
Safeties are generally bigger than cornerbacks, as they are required to play on the second level to help stop the run. Coaches also like safeties to be bigger than cornerbacks because they have to battle big tight ends in coverage.
A 5'11", 195-pound safety is considered average, but 2014 prospects Quin Blanding and Laurence Jones have superior size. Blanding, who is committed to Virginia, is a 6'2" seam-defender who weighs 200 pounds.
Jones looks like a linebacker on tape, as he is 6'2", 214 pounds. Both safeties are excellent prospects who have the potential to have long careers.
Linebacker: Raekwon McMillan, Kain Daub and Hoza Scott
Depending on if a defense is a speed-based 4-3 or a physical 3-4 scheme, sizes for linebackers can vary. But when one sees a 6'3", 234-pound linebacker at the high school level who looks like Kain Daub, that 'backer is immediately considered to have prototypical size.
Raekwon McMillan, who is from Georgia, is another huge linebacker at 6'2" and 242 pounds. McMillan could weigh 260 pounds before he leaves college.
Outside linebackers are required to play in space on the flanks, so size is usually sacrificed for speed and athleticism. However, Hoza Scott is excellent for an outside linebacker, as he looks bigger than his 6'2", 220-pound listed size would indicate.
Defensive End: Lorenzo Carter, DaShawn Hand, Myles Garrett and Kentavius Street
Using the 4-3 defense as an example, weak-side defensive ends are generally tall and long-limbed athletes with great speed and quickness. However, strong-side and 3-4 defensive ends have thicker bodies, as they look similar to defensive tackles on the hoof.
A prospect with the prototypical frame of a weak-side defensive end is Lorenzo Carter, as he is 6'5", 232 pounds and has great athleticism. Myles Garrett, who is 6'4" and 240 pounds, also has great size along with a chiseled frame.
Da'Shawn Hand has an ideal frame for a strong-side defensive end at 6'4" and 254 pounds. Kentavius Street, who is nearly 6'3" and weighs 262 pounds, also fits the mold of a classic strong-side defensive end.
Defensive Tackle: Matt Elam, Bryan Mone, Lamont Gaillard and Malik McDowell
Defensive tackles are the big hogs upfront for the defense, and if a player is undersized then he likely will not last long in the trenches. Even most quick 3-technique defensive tackles in the NFL today are near the 300-pound clip.
The position is extremely physical and punishing, so being big is critical for a defensive tackle. Matt Elam seems to understand how important size is in an extreme fashion, as he is a mammoth at 6'6" and 350 pounds.
Bryan Mone is not far behind at 6'4" and 338 pounds, while Lamont Gaillard stands 6'3" and 310 pounds. Malik McDowell is currently on pace to outgrow the defensive end position, as he is already 6'6" and 300 pounds.
Offensive Line: Cameron Robinson, Damien Mama and Roderick Johnson
Unless a team is exclusively running a zone-blocking scheme, it will emphasize size at the offensive line position.
Having the ability to line up five huge bodies at the line of scrimmage to initially intimidate defenses, while having the size and strength to combat big defensive linemen is a vital key to success for an offense.
That is why blockers such as Cameron Robinson, Damien Mama and Roderick Johnson are highly coveted on the recruiting trail. Robinson is a left tackle who stands 6'5" and 330 pounds, but displays wonderful athleticism.
Johnson is huge at 6'7" and 330 pounds, as he is the kind of player a team should initially have walk off the bus at road games. Mama is 6'4", which is an admirable height for a guard prospect, but it's strength and power at 370 pounds that separates him from the pack.
WR/TE: Dallis Todd, Allen Lazard, Cameron Sims, Malachi Dupre & Drake Harris
Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham looks exactly how receivers should be made at 6'6" and 220 pounds. Not every pass-catching prospect will look Green-Beckham, but receivers who are 6'0" and taller will get the attention of college coaches quicker than shorter players on the perimeter.
Dallis Todd, who is committed to Oklahoma, is 6'5" and weighs 210 pounds. He and Allen Lazard, who is also nearly 6'5" and 210 pounds, are so big that they could grow into tight ends in college.
Cameron Sims is a big-bodied receiver at 6'4" and 200 pounds, while Michigan commit Drake Harris is a long 6'4" receiver who will fill out his 180-pound frame in Ann Arbor.
Malachi Dupre and Ermon Lane, who stand 6'2.5" and 187 pounds and 6'3" and 193 pounds, respectively, also have good size for the receiver position.
Running Back: Jalen Hurd, Bo Scarbrough and Leonard Fournette
Running backs can't be too tall, as they must be able to run with a low pad-level through the hole. The taller a player is, the more likely he is to play too high.
Jalen Hurd, who is committed to Tennessee, looks like a receiver/tight end/defensive end on the field at 6'3" and 220 pounds. He is physically intimidating, however Hurd is more of an elusive runner who uses his speed to make plays, rather than running with power.
Bo Scarbrough is a 6'2", 225-pounder who runs well behind his pads. He has great strength, leg power and is fast in a straight-line. His size immediately commands attention.
Leonard Fournette is 6'1" and nearly 230 pounds. He looks a grown man on the field, and being strong and fast also helps him shred defenses.
Quarterback: David Cornwell, Keller Chryst, Wilton Speight and Elijah Staley
Although successful NFL quarterbacks such as Russell Wilson, Drew Brees and Michael Vick are undersized, the general rule of thumb is that a passer should be at least 6'2".
That is why David Cornwell could be mistaken for a pro quarterback at 6'5" and 241 pounds. Keller Chryst's listed size may not be as imposing as Cornwell's, but the Stanford commit has an impressive frame at 6'4" and 220 pounds.
Wilton Speight will dwarf Shane Morris when the two battle for the starting quarterback job at Michigan in a few seasons, as the former is 6'6" and 220 pounds, while Morris stands just slightly taller than 6'2".
Elijah Staley, who is committed to Mississippi State, could be confused for a tight end at 6'6" and 231 pounds.
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