INDIANAPOLIS — The measuring, poking and prodding has started at the NFL Scouting Combine, allowing teams, media and other interested parties to take ultrapersonal looks into the prospects.
Check out NFL.com’s combine tracker throughout the weekend for the latest facts and figures, but here’s what we learned Friday.
Offensive lineman can throw up some weight. Duh.
No one challenged Stephen Paea’s 49 bench-press reps from last year, but 12 O-linemen managed to throw up 225 pounds 30 times or more.
Michigan’s David Molk topped them all with 41 reps, the third-most by an offensive lineman at the combine since 2000. Surprisingly, near the bottom was Ohio State’s Mike Adams, who did 19 reps despite measuring out as one of the group’s biggest (6-foot-7 1/4, 323 pounds).
Unfortunately, Iowa’s Markus Zusevics was injured on his sixth rep and didn’t finish. There was no immediate word on his condition.
QB size runs the gamut
Not every signal-caller at this year’s combine is 6-5, the seemingly magical height that causes NFL personnel evaluators to drool. In fact, there’s one QB, Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson, who didn’t crack 6 feet (he’s 5-10 5/8), and Boise State’s Kellen Moore came in right at 6 feet (although his 197-pound weight probably didn’t sit well with some).
Baylor’s Robert Griffin III saw concerns about his size disappear after he checked in at 6-2 3/8 and 223 pounds. Stanford’s Andrew Luck, the presumed No. 1 overall pick, was 6-4, which was almost 3 inches shorter than the tallest QB, Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler.
And the award goes to …
Tallest player: Third-way tie between Adams, Colorado’s Ryan Miller and Wisconsin’s Josh Oglesby at 6-7 1/4. All O-linemen, of course.
Shortest player: Oregon State WR James Rodgers, who’s 5-6 3/4. Rodgers’ brother, Jacquizz, was a rookie running back for the Falcons last season after being selected in the fifth round of the draft. Jacquizz is listed as 5-6 in the NFL.
Heaviest player: Georgia OT Cordy Glenn, who weighs 345 pounds.
Lightest player: Houston WR Patrick Edwards, who weighs 172 pounds.
Longest arm: Appalachian State WR Brian Quick at 34 1/4 inches.
Biggest hand: Oglesby at 11 1/4 inches.
– Justin Hathaway