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D.J. Fluker is huge, Denard Robinson is small at the Senior Bowl

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Today’s the day when NFL draft prospects get weighed and measured at the Senior Bowl, and as always there are some cases when players’ actual heights and weights don’t mesh with what their listed heights and weights in college.

In the case of Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, it turns out that the man is absolutely enormous. When Alabama coach Nick Saban said two months ago that Fluker was turning pro, I wrote, “The 6-foot-6, 335-pound Fluker looks like he’s ready to step onto an NFL field right now.” In reality, Fluker actually measured in at an inch shorter than that, and weighed in at 355 pounds.

But what’s most amazing about Fluker is that he carries 355 pounds well. Josh Norris of Rotoworld is on the scene at the Senior Bowl and reports that Fluker looks great. Fluker also has the longest arms of anyone there, which some scouts view as a big plus in pass blocking.

On the other end of the spectrum is Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, who was listed at 6-foot-0 in college but came in an inch and a half shorter than that. Robinson is playing wide receiver at the Senior Bowl.

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19 Responses to “D.J. Fluker is huge, Denard Robinson is small at the Senior Bowl”
  1. Raider-in-PA says: Jan 21, 2013 12:52 PM

    Do physical attributes really matter (ref. Russell Wilson)? How about heart, brains and desire to win??

  2. shlort says: Jan 21, 2013 12:54 PM

    The real question is this. Why was a WR roster spot given to Denard Robinson? He played QB most of the seaon, then moved to halfback. I guess I dont see the value in denying a player who played the position, and favoring a player because he made some highlight reels in a mediocre college career.

  3. hartdaddy says: Jan 21, 2013 1:01 PM

    Denard wasn’t that good of a QB in college. He’s a much better fit as a “OW” (Offensive Weopon). He plays with heart & skill, plus he’s hella fast & shifty running the ball.

  4. mavajo says: Jan 21, 2013 1:01 PM

    “Do physical attributes really matter (ref. Russell Wilson)? How about heart, brains and desire to win??”

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    Yes, physical attributes do matter. I’ve got a lot of heart, but at 5′ 8″ 205 pounds and pudge around the midsection, I’m not making any NFL roster.

    Also, with all due respect to Wilson, he’s played one season.

  5. mountaindont says: Jan 21, 2013 1:04 PM

    I`d never draft a running QB in the first round. Almost all spend alot of time on the bench with injuries

  6. lennydpocketqb says: Jan 21, 2013 1:11 PM

    Raider-in-PA says:
    Jan 21, 2013 12:52 PM
    Do physical attributes really matter (ref. Russell Wilson)? How about heart, brains and desire to win??

    ___________________________

    Denard has none of these attributes your speak of Raider-in-PA?

  7. sportsmeccabi says: Jan 21, 2013 1:15 PM

    Dude looked ready straight out of high school.

  8. chicagobtech says: Jan 21, 2013 1:15 PM

    6’5″, 355, long arms? Hope the Bears move up to grab him, we need the help.

  9. granadafan says: Jan 21, 2013 1:22 PM

    Tebow should take the example of Denard and switch positions as well.

  10. illcomm says: Jan 21, 2013 1:43 PM

    gotta feeling eagles might draft the kid denard at 35. else he goes to lions at 36. yes that’s high, but it is what it May be

  11. immafubared says: Jan 21, 2013 1:56 PM

    I see Robinson getting hit so hard, they find his teeth in another state. He is just too fragile to play in the NFL. Fast yes, a pass catcher no. Running back no, QB, absolutely not. His arm is spaghetti noodle arm.
    Maybe returning punts?

  12. dalucks says: Jan 21, 2013 2:05 PM

    Was the 1 inch difference due to the fact that the measurement was taken barefoot when we play the games with shoes on?
    Scouts should care less about the measurables and concentrate more on the skillset of the player.

  13. eatitfanboy says: Jan 21, 2013 2:08 PM

    Raider-in-PA says:
    Jan 21, 2013 12:52 PM
    Do physical attributes really matter (ref. Russell Wilson)? How about heart, brains and desire to win??
    ===========

    There are 64 quarterbacks that are either #1 or #2 on an NFL teams depth chart.

    One of those Qbs, ONE, is as small as Russell Wilson. And that’s Russell Wilson.

    Have you ever heard the phrase “exception that proves the rule”?

  14. 13fitzj says: Jan 21, 2013 2:25 PM

    His wingspan was measured at 87 inches. That is absolutely incredible. By comparison, JPP has a wingspan of 81 inches. That’s how long this dude’s arms are. 6’5″ with a 7’3″ wingspan.

  15. manilovethepftcensors says: Jan 21, 2013 2:39 PM

    Why does Denard Robinson have a spot on the Senor Bowl roster as a receiver? He played quarterback up until the end of his senior season. Why isn’t a player who actually put in the work for his whole career as a receiver given this opportunity instead?

  16. djjackson81 says: Jan 21, 2013 4:28 PM

    Arizona mock draft
    1- Warmack or Fisher
    2- Fluker or Giovani Bernard
    3- DE- Marcus Hunt or Cornellious Carradine
    4-LB-Dion Jordan or TE from Standford or N Dame if there still.
    5- DB Honey badger LSU Patric Peterson buddy
    6- 7 th round ?
    The only way AZ drafts a QB is if Geno Smith or Tyler Wilson are available to them after the first round.

  17. Raider-in-PA says: Jan 21, 2013 4:51 PM

    Wow, people just looking for something to criticize…

    My point was, does 1/2″ or 10 pounds really make a difference?? After watching 1st round picks with off-the-chart physical attributes fall off the wayside, scouts need to pay more attention to what these kids can do on the field, not just how tall they are or how fast they can run…

  18. thephillybigcheese says: Jan 21, 2013 6:16 PM

    djjackson81 says:
    Jan 21, 2013 4:28 PM
    Arizona mock draft
    1- Warmack or Fisher
    2- Fluker or Giovani Bernard
    3- DE- Marcus Hunt or Cornellious Carradine
    4-LB-Dion Jordan or TE from Standford or N Dame if there still.
    5- DB Honey badger LSU Patric Peterson buddy
    6- 7 th round ?
    The only way AZ drafts a QB is if Geno Smith or Tyler Wilson are available to them after the first round.
    —————————————————
    No way Jordan is there in the 4th… Dude’s a freak and could go top 10/15 by the time the combine is done… The TEs wont last that long either.

  19. vincentbojackson says: Jan 22, 2013 4:10 AM

    Think of Denard Robinson as being in the Josh Cribbs/Antwan Randel El mold. Both of them made the switch from QB to WR after college. Denard has potential to be a quality return man and slot receiver in the NFL.

    How he performs in the Senior Bowl and at the combine will determine where he’ll be drafted. Figure, middle rounds at best.

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