MOBILE, Ala. -- It's not quite the same meat market as is the Combine, but the Senior Bowl is an attraction in and of itself.Or did you not hear that Georgia offensive lineman is the heaviest player here, tipping the scales at 346 pounds? Or that Mike Adams, an offensive lineman from Ohio State is the tallest, standing an even 6-feet-7 and picking up steam as a potential Top 10 pick come April, while Alabama receiver Marquis Maze is the shortest, at 5-7 34?Such nuggets were unearthed Monday morning during the National Scouting Weigh-in, in which photographers were urged to shoot players from the waist up, please.
As the name suggests, only seniors can participate in the game, which, while separating itself from other college all-star games, some of the pizzazz is gone as well, what with so many of the top players in college football actually being underclassmen.So there's no Robert Griffin III. No Trent Richardson. No Tyrann Mathieu. No Montee Ball. No Andrew Luck. Heck, there's not even a Stanford player here. But there are a couple of Cal Golden Bears representing Berkeley in receiver Marvin Jones and offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz."Very quietly, Cal WR Marvin Jones had in my view the best receiver practice on the North SQUAD," Wes Bunting, the director of college scouting for the National Football Post, Tweeted."It's an opportunity to play with the elite players all around the country and get coached by elite coaches," Jones said. "It's big, because these are some of the coaches we're going to have the opportunity to be coached by in the future. So, to come out here and just play to all of your abilities is big."Plus, there are a couple of other nationally recognizable names in a gaggle of quarterbacks in former Heisman finalist and Boise State signal caller Kellen Moore, Wisconsin's Russell Wilson, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins, Arizona's Nick Foles, San Diego State's Ryan Lindley and Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden.This year's roster included 20 All-Americans -- the Minnesota Vikings' staff is coaching the North squad while Washington's has the South -- while 12 first-round draft picks played in last year's game, in which the South won, 24-10, behind game MVP Christian Ponder.Four quarterbacks from last year's game were selected in the first 36 picks of the NFL draft last year so yeah, there is some talent here.Even if they're all seniors. Well, maybe because they're all seniors.