In all of the stages towards the NFL draft, the Reese’s Senior Bowl may be the most intriguing one because of the opportunity to see some of the draft’s best seniors go against one another in full-pads. Not only is it a great opportunity for general managers and personnel directors but it is a great showcase for players that may not have been explosive as they were in college. Each and everything about the Senior Bowl is going to be taken in consideration from the on-field activities to the short interviews that take place after practice.
The most strangest thing that takes place at the Senior Bowl may be the weigh-ins that take place before the first practice. Over a 100 scouts, executives, and coaches will watch players get listed for their height and weight (while in underwear which is a little weird).
Many of the team representatives look to see if a player had carry the weight that their school listed them as and others look to see if a player was as tall as they thought. This is the first step for evaluators in taking true consideration of what a player really brings to the table. Here are a few players who made headlines at weigh-ins:
– Alabama LB Reggie Ragland checked in at 6’1 1/4 inches and 259 pounds. He’ll be playing outside linebacker this week to prove that he is a three-down player.
– Oklahoma WR Sterling Sheppard look chiseled at 5’10 193 pounds. A consistent week at practice for Sheppard could move him up many draft boards.
– Eastern Kentucky LB/DE Noah Spence came in at 6’2 5/8 inches and 254 pounds. There is a good chance he’ll be heavily watch by teams in desperate need of pass-rushers.
– Oklahoma LB Eric Striker was listed at 5’11 3/8 inches and 228 pounds. Many knew coming in that he didn’t possess elite size but didn’t expect him to check in at 5’11.
– Michigan OC Graham Glasgow wowed spectators with his long, lean body at 6’6 and 306 pounds. He was also a standout player for the first day of practice.