It’s Senior Bowl week in Mobile, Alabama, and a pair of Washington State Cougars have made the trip to show their stuff in front of dozens of pro scouts. Both Gardner Minshew II and Andre Dillard will look to impress leading up to kickoff on Saturday. But before hitting the field, Tuesday was weigh-in day where the top NFL prospects got their official measurements taken.
As always heading into games like this, special attention is paid to the quarterback prospects. Eight are on the two rosters this week and, on Tuesday, Gardner Minshew took center stage in one major category.
You can see the measurements for all of the players here, but I’ll pull out Gardner’s below:
- Height: 6007 (6 ft, 7/8 in)
- Weight: 224 lbs
- Hand: 10 1⁄4 in
- Arm: 31 1⁄4 in
- Wingspan: 73 5/8 in
Most of those are pretty typical. But one in particular is standing out.
Minshew measures in with the biggest hands of any quarterback at the Senior Bowl which is big for him in the eyes of the scouts, but Minshew was more focused on another measurement.
Behind the scenes at @seniorbowl weigh-ins with @WSUCougFB QB Gardner Minshew (@GardnerMinshew5). He said he was going to “crowd surf” if he measured 6010. He is officially 6007. #seniorbowl pic.twitter.com/8FRmyCU3ut— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) January 22, 2019
"We're all standing back there, half naked, like ... what are we doing. man?"— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) January 22, 2019
-- Washington State QB Gardner Minshew on Senior Bowl weigh-ins Tuesday...
Unfortunately, we missed on a Senior Bowl crowd surf by a fraction of an inch. But we did get to see Minshew show off his personality on a national stage. He also impressed when he hit the field for practice.
And when everything was said and done, Minshew had a message for Cougar fans everywhere.
But we can’t forget about another Coug making the trip south. Offensive Lineman Andre Dillard will also be on the field Saturday. Here’s how he measured up Tuesday on weigh-in day:
- Height: 6047 (6 ft, 4-7/8 in)
- Weight: 310.9 lbs
- Hand: 9 5/8 in
- Arm: 34 in
- Wingspan: 80 1/8 in
Dillard has also gained some positive attention through day one of practice.
Best players I saw in Tuesday’s South practice at the #SeniorBowl— Rob Rang (@RobRang) January 22, 2019
Mississippi State edge Montez Sweat
Wyoming edge Carl Granderson
Washington State LT Andre Dillard
Houston CB Isaiah Johnson
Oklahoma OG Dru Samia
LSU TE Foster Moreau
Andre Dillard looks good at 6047 310— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) January 22, 2019
Practices continue all week in Mobile leading up to kickoff Saturday at 11:30 AM. Both Dillard and Minshew will be a part of the South team and you can watch them in action on the NFL Network.
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