UA Senior Bowl: Weigh-In Notes

Plenty of players in this year's Under Armour Senior Bowl are top-notch athletes. But's Ed Thompson filed this report from Mobile, Alabama that points out 25 players who really made an impression during Monday morning's weigh-in.

The Under Armour Senior Bowl's official activities kicked off on Monday morning as the country's top seniors weighed-in and were measured before taking off for their first team practices scheduled for later that  afternoon.

And although appearances can be deceiving in evaluating NFL-ready talent, 25 players really impressed me based on their physical frame and their conditioning for their respective positions:

Another guy who is deserving of a mention is SMU punter Thomas Morstead

That's right, a punter.

Before Morstead's name was called out, I thought for sure that they were measuring and weighing a well-conditioned linebacker. He was solid at 6-foot-4  (6042) and 228 pounds. And he had a swagger that projected the confidence of a player who knocks people to the ground—rather than one who kicks a football.

Cal-Poly's Barden was the most imposing-looking receiver out of the group, while Penn State's Williams looked physically strong for his 5-foot-11, 197-pound frame. 

Oklahoma's Loadholt drew some very positive comments from nearby scouts who were obviously impressed by the way he carries his 343 pounds at 6-foot-8. By contrast, LSU offensive lineman Herman Johnson drew a stunned reaction from many in the crowd when he was measured in at 6-foot-7 (6073) and 382 pounds.

Despite Cedric Peerman's 5-foot-9 height, the Virginia running back weighed in at a very solid and chiseled 210 pounds.

Whether or not those 25 players can deliver big-time results in this weekend's game and also test well at the NFL Scouting Combine in February has yet to be seen. But they sure did look the part of an NFL athlete today.

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