Which offensive players helped themselves during weigh-ins?
The 2021 Senior Bowl officially kicked off Tuesday with weigh-ins. As players prepared for their first day of practice, the staff in Mobile measured prospects to answer questions of talent evaluators.
This year’s Senior Bowl holds a lot more importance than it typically would with no NFL Combine being held, meaning getting these measurements now is crucial. It also means these numbers will be dissected a lot until every player participates in their pro day. Player length and size will always be important for teams looking for distinct advantages.
Check out which players on the offensive side of the ball had impressive or underwhelming measurements.
- Aaron Banks (IOL Notre Dame) – Banks was a consistent blocker all season for Notre Dame and is already picking up some serious buzz as a Day 2 prospect. We were reminded very quickly how massive of a human being Banks is during his weigh-in. At 6-foot-5, Banks was 338 pounds with 33-inch arms and 10 1/8 inch hands. That is one big dude who can be a serious mauler on any NFL offensive line.
- Spencer Brown (OT Northern Iowa) – Brown is another lineman who re-affirmed how large of an athlete they were. Brown’s height, length, and mobility are rare for an offensive tackle. At 6-8, his arms measured out to 34 inches with 10 3/8 inch hands. Brown has a ton of potential and plenty of room to add to his 314-pound frame.
- Ben Cleveland (IOL Georgia) – Speaking of physical freaks, Cleveland might be the leanest athlete for his weight. Listed at over 6-foot-6, the Georgia guard weighed in at 354 pounds despite most of that appearing to be muscle.
- Feleipe Franks (QB Arkansas) – Franks isn’t one of the top quarterback names at the Senior Bowl this year, but he does have strong upside because of his arm talent. Franks measured in as the largest quarterback at over 6-foot-6 and 234 pounds with 10-inch hands. Teams have always valued large quarterbacks, especially for a developmental one.
- Carson Green (OT Texas A&M) – Green adds to the list of massive lineman at the Senior Bowl. Any time a lineman measures 34-inch arms and 10 3/8 inch hands, it’s certainly worth noting. Green hit both of those metrics, making him a tackle with prototypical length.
- Cornell Powell (WR Clemson) – Powell isn’t one of the bigger receivers down in Mobile, but he does have a surprising metric for his hand size that you typically don’t see for receivers. Powell’s 10-inch hands are a major positive to have for a receiver who is only 6-foot.
- D’Ante Smith (OT Eastern Carolina) – Smith is a very underrated and under-talked about name participating in the Senior Bowl. His length is draw dropping with over 35-inch arms and 10-inch hands. Length for tackles is a major area of focus, and Smith surpasses the thresholds you want in a developmental tackle.
- Kylen Granson (TE SMU) – Despite being listed at 6-foot-3 on the team’s roster, Granson only measured in at 6-2 with 32-inch arms and sub-10-inch hands. Anytime a tight end lacks is at only 6-2 it’s a concern, but the added length issues add concern to his physical makeup.
- Creed Humphrey (C Oklahoma) – Humphrey is currently a name being floated out as the first center drafted this year. Understandably, centers typically have the shortest metrics for arm length, but Humphrey’s 31-inch arms are not good to see. Humphrey is a player good enough to outplay these concerns during the week of practice, but scouts will be making a negative note for his arm size.
- Drake Jackson (C Kentucky) – If there was one player who measured in with the most underwhelming numbers it would have to be Jackson. He falls under every measurement requirement you like to see from a draftable interior offensive lineman. Jackson was only listed at just under 6-foot-2, 290 pounds, 31-inch arms, and 8 1/2 inch hands. While Jackson might outplay his size, those are not good numbers to see on a draftable prospect.
- DeVonta Smith (WR Alabama) – Unlike the remaining players on this list, Smith being listed as a loser probably won’t impact his draft stock much. The concern comes from not weighing in with so many question marks about his weight. The thin-framed receiver dominated secondaries, but many teams will be concerned with investing a top-15 pick in a receiver playing under 170 pounds. Smith was listed at 175 at the start of the 2020 season, but not providing a weight at the Senior Bowl screams that he might be closer to 165. Smith will have time to add to his weight before his pro day, but with three months to accomplish this, he needs to be more than 180.
Check out the full list of measurements here.