May 04, 2011
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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