Dr. Saturday - NCAAF

Jon Lee, editor of Texas A&M's official athletics site, dipped into the archives earlier this week to compare Von Miller, the 210-pound freshman who showed up in College Station in 2007, to Von Miller, the 240-pound All-American who was taken with the second overall pick in last week's NFL draft. The difference … well, you can see the difference. Note that Miller's weight-training program as a senior consisted of hauling around his little black book of coed phone numbers, little being the operative word.

By Division I standards, however, the transformation is fairly typical for the 99 percent of players who don't arrive on campus looking like a pro from Day 1. Including Miller, more than half of this year's first-round picks gained at least 25 pounds between signing day and draft day, and a handful of the linemen put on twice that. Two of the more unheralded prospects who turned themselves into first-day studs, Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt (a former walk-on who originally signed with Central Michigan; pictured bottom right) and Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder (a converted tight end), added some 65 pounds apiece from the beginning of their careers to the end.

The full accounting of modern strength and conditioning programs is below the jump, with one very clear, very important lesson: Whatever you do in life, never, ever get between Nick Fairley and a buffet. Or between Nick Fairley and anything, really.

All recruiting weights by Rivals; click on the highlighted numbers for each player's original recruiting profile.

Pick Player Recruiting Weight Draft Weight Change   Pick Player Recruiting Weight Draft Weight Change
1 Cam Newton 232 247 +15   17 Nate Solder 240 305 +65
2 Von Miller 210 240 +30   18 Corey Liuget 260 300 +40
3 Marcell Dareus 277 306 +29   19 Prince Amukamara 180 200 +20
4 A.J. Green 184 207 +23   20 Adrian Clayborn 247 285 +38
5 Patrick Peterson 193 211 +18   21 Phil Taylor 346 355 +9
6 Julio Jones 215 211 —4   22 Anthony Castonzo 260 295 +35
7 Aldon Smith 235 255 +20   23 Danny Watkins 290 310 +20
8 Jake Locker 210 226 +16   24 Cameron Jordan 250 282 +32
9 Tyron Smith 260 285 +25   25 James Carpenter 305 300 —5
10 Blaine Gabbert 226 240 +14   26 Jonathan Baldwin 233 225 —8
11 J.J. Watt 220 285 +65   27 Jimmy Smith 175 210 +35
12 Christian Ponder 202 227 +25   28 Mark Ingram 195 215 +20
13 Nick Fairley 257 314 +57   29 Gabe Carimi 268 315 +47
14 Robert Quinn 245 270 +25   30 Muhammad Wilkerson 255 300 +45
15 Mike Pouncey 280 310 +30   31 Cameron Heyward 264 288 +24
16 Ryan Kerrigan 233 263 +30   32 Derek Sherrod 298 305 +7

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