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Senior Bowl kicks off with official measurements

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MOBILE, Ala. -- Before players hit the practice field, they hit the scales Monday to kick off the 2014 Senior Bowl, where a record 109 NFL draft prospects reported for official measurements to open the week-long event.

The weigh-in day opens the week of practices before Saturday's Senior Bowl game is played to cap a week of player evaluation that includes meetings and informal interviews with scouts and team personnel, multiple practices in pads and all the minutiae that feeds into the final scouting report for prospects set to make the transition from college football to the NFL.

Hundreds of scouts and credentialed media, including, packed the Convention Center Monday morning as players crossed a platform stage in compression shorts to be weighed and measured for height, arm length, wingspan, hand size and a super-sized spreadsheet worth of other details most players stretched in their college media bios.

Here are the truths and consequences from tape-measure gathering:


--Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State: Bucannon (6-1, 216) passed the eyeball test with his muscled-up frame and stood out in comparison to the other safeties in this game. With a 78-inch wingspan, Bucannon also had the widest reach of any of the safeties measured.

--Kadeem Edwards, OL, Tennessee State: Scouts love linemen with long arms. Edwards has the longest arms at the Senior Bowl, measuring in at 34 1/2 inches. The 6-foot-4 1/8 Edwards also showed good weight distribution with a relatively trim middle at 308 pounds.

--Ra'Shede Hagemen, DT, Minnesota: Another highly regarded lineman who showed impressive weight distribution, measuring in at exactly 6-6 and 318 pounds. His arms (333/4 inches) were also among the longest of all defensive tackles measured Monday.

--Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt: Considering his success in the SEC, perhaps it isn't surprising that Matthews looked the part of a future high NFL pick. Some of the conference's biggest names weren't nearly as well-built as the Commodores' star receiver, who sported a chiseled 6-2 (and 5/8-inch), 209-pound frame, long arms (32 5/8 inches) and big hands (10½ inches).

--Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton: Reid earned a reputation for his weight-room work. His well-built frame at 6-2 and 301 pounds and adequate arm length (32 5/8 inches) helped the small-schooler stand out amongst FBS stars.


--Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin: Borland has been compared to former Miami Dolphins stud linebacker Zach Thomas for much of his career and his instincts and open-field tackling ability warrant the connection. He looked small than his official height (5-11 3/8 inches) and weight (245), tying with former teammate, running back James White, with the shortest arms of any player measured in Mobile (28 5/8 inches).

--Adrian Hubbard, OLB/DE, Alabama: Scouts will be intrigued with Hubbard's length at nearly 6-6 but there was surprisingly little muscular development on his 255-pound frame. For a player coming off a disappointing junior season, Monday's numbers were not a positive development.

--Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma: It is a big man's game and to the surprise of no one, Saunders came in the smallest of any player at the 2014 Senior Bowl. Saunders measure 5-9 (officially 5-8¾) and 164 pounds. He also has small hands (8 3/4 inches) and short arms (28 7/8 inches).

--Telvin Smith, ILB, Florida State: Smith's speed is certain to get him drafted, but teams might have to move him outside or look at him as a safety candidate with a frame that looks to be packed out at 218 pounds.

--Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State: Sutton, listed at 265 even when he bulked up to uneven results in 2013, weighed in at 315 pounds at just under 6-1 and was carrying too much weight around his midsection. Even worse, his 30 5/8-inch arms were the shortest of any of the defensive tackles measured Monday. Short arms are a major disadvantage for defensive linemen who cannot reach offensive linemen to make first contact.

(Rob Rang is Senior Analyst for, a property of The Sports Xchange distributed in partnership with
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