gbnreport:Weighty issues at combine

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  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    Weighty issues at combine … As noted earlier, the hi-light of yesterday’s weigh-in of offensive linemen and TEs was the fact that Southern Cal OT Tyron Smith tipped the scales at a very respectable 307 pounds, up substantially from the 285 or so he was reported to have played at in college. Smith did lose a little off is wingspan though as his arms were actually measured at just under 36.5 inches, contrary to initial reporst which put them closer to37 inches. Whatever, Smith still has the longest arms of any offensive lineman at the combine in years.

    Meanwhile, other notables from the OL/TE weigh-in include the fact that neither Florida C/G Mike Pouncey nor Villanova G/T Ben Ijalana were quite as big as expected. Pouncey, for example, weighed in at just 303 pounds, more than ten pounds less than expected; the former Gator’s arms were also relatively short at just over 32 inches, although that’s not much different than registered by brother Maurkice, who made the Pro Bowl in his rookie season with Pittsburgh this fall, last February. For his part, Ijalana, who appears to have made a big move up draft boards around the league in the past few weeks, only measured in at 6-3.5 which is shorter than most teams like their OTs, however, he also registered 36-inch arms which may make up for some of his lack of ideal height.

    On the other hand, both Penn State C Stefen Wisnieski and Florida State OG Rodney Hudson came in a little bigger than advertised at the weigh-in. Wisniewski, the top-rated C this year, weighed in at 313 pounds, whereas he had been listed at much closer to 300 at PSU; like Pouncey, though, Wisniewski has relatively short 33-inch arms. Meanwhile, Hudson weighed in at 299 pounds, up from just 292 at last month’s Senior Bowl. Same story for Colorado OT Nate Solder, Smith’s primary competition to be the first OT off the board this April, who weighed in at 319 pounds, 5 more than at the Senior Bowl. For the most part, though, the offensive linemen measured in about as expected. For the record, Florida OG Carl Johnson and TCU OT Marcus Cannon were the bulkiest offensive linemen, at 361 and 358 pounds respectively, while only Cincinnati C Jason Kelce - at barely 280 pounds - was significantly under the 300-pound mark.

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