Of all the numbers produced by all the prospects at this year’s scouting combine, there may not have been any more startling than this: Kansas State wide receiver Brandon Banks stepped on the scale in Indianapolis and weighed in at 149 pounds.
Is it even possible for a man who weighs less than 150 pounds to play in the NFL? Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a good look at the prospects of the smallest players in this year’s draft, and the comments of scouts suggest that most think it’s unrealistic to expect a 149-pounder to make it in the NFL.
“[Expletive], he’s 149,” one special-teams coach told McGinn. “Can you tell me the last guy that played at 149 [expletive] pounds in this league?”
Banks and LSU’s 5-foot-5 Trindon Holliday both have a chance of getting drafted and making it in the league as return men, but there’s plenty of skepticism about whether they’re just too small to play.
“I can’t remember anyone who came in the league that played at that height,” Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian said of Holliday.
Still, there may be just enough interest in Banks and Holliday as return men for them to be chosen late in the draft.
“This kid can play,” one scout said of Holliday. “To say they can’t do it just because there aren’t others . . . there are always exceptions to every rule.”