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Baylor’s 405-pound LaQuan McGowan could be heaviest player ever drafted

WACO, TX - NOVEMBER 14:  LaQuan McGowan #80 of the Baylor Bears celebrates a touchdown pass reception against the Oklahoma Sooners in the third quarter at McLane Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Getty Images

Baylor’s LaQuan McGowan has a chance to be the heaviest player ever selected in the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-6 McGowan weighed in at 405 pounds at Baylor’s Pro Day last week, and longtime NFL personnel man Gil Brandt says that’s the heaviest player ever weighed at any Pro Day.

The heaviest player in NFL history was former Lions offensive tackle Aaron Gibson, whose listed weight got as high as 410 during his playing career. But Gibson weighed in at a svelte 386 at the 1999 Scouting Combine, so he was lighter when he entered the league than McGowan is now.

It’s unclear, however, whether McGowan will be drafted. He played tight end in Baylor’s gadget-filled offense, but NFL teams would likely see him more as an offensive lineman. McGowan wasn’t invited to the Combine, which suggests that most personnel people don’t see him as a big-time prospect. He’s probably a long shot to make an NFL roster, but it will be fun to see the big guy try.

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  1. eddiea25 says: Mar 20, 2016 6:39 AM

    He’s going to do serious damage to the training camp cafeteria. God help the cooks.

  2. jjb0811 says: Mar 20, 2016 6:51 AM

    So much for player safety. No human is supposed to weigh 400+ pounds.

  3. tokyosandblaster says: Mar 20, 2016 6:52 AM

    He’d fit right in in Minnesota.

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  4. gridles says: Mar 20, 2016 6:53 AM

    That can’t be healthy

  5. brianav036 says: Mar 20, 2016 7:00 AM

    I understand the novelty but you kind of have to worry about the guys health. 405 lbs in the grueling NFL could be really dangerous. Hopefully the team that drafts him encourages him to lose a few lbs.

  6. hahalolrofl says: Mar 20, 2016 7:12 AM

    eddie lacy is in awe

  7. joeflaccosunibrow says: Mar 20, 2016 7:23 AM

    Where’s the beef?

  8. bmoreb says: Mar 20, 2016 7:41 AM

    I just feel bad for the rookie that has to room with this guy during training camp. Particularly after a night out at the local Mexican establishment.

  9. Drunk Uncle says: Mar 20, 2016 8:01 AM

    That weight is ridiculous and super unhealthy. That being said, I would love to see him catch a weak side screen where a 180-lb CB or two is the only thing separating him from the end zone.

  10. wizahdry says: Mar 20, 2016 8:18 AM

    I thought Refrigeator Perry was heavier than 405 lbs.

  11. racerx1225 says: Mar 20, 2016 8:23 AM

    He’d make a hell of a pulling Guard if he played TE but only if he lost 50 lbs!

  12. descendency says: Mar 20, 2016 8:24 AM

    If you want him to play tackle, he’d have to drop 80 lbs. That’s not a trivial task at any size, especially for an elite athlete. He can’t just diet or he’ll lose strength. He has to be very controlled in how he diets and how he exercises (more than just your typical strength and conditioning drills).

    You also have to worry about him ballooning at his size. He could be 500 a lot easier than 320.

  13. sansbushman says: Mar 20, 2016 8:38 AM

    There is 120lb fat he is carrying. That can’t be healthy.

  14. lingsun54 says: Mar 20, 2016 8:44 AM

    I doubt that his knees and ankles will hold up for very long.

  15. denverdave3 says: Mar 20, 2016 9:02 AM

    I think he’s got a shot. I saw him run. He was surprisingly quick.

  16. tokyogasblaster says: Mar 20, 2016 9:08 AM

    He’ll fit in with the greenbay women

  17. Toykosandblaster says: Mar 20, 2016 9:13 AM

    He is the size of the girls I like

  18. jackdaniels1 says: Mar 20, 2016 9:18 AM

    He’ll be dead by the age of 25

  19. nflpoker says: Mar 20, 2016 9:19 AM

    I could have sworn that he was Eddie Lacy.

  20. polapea says: Mar 20, 2016 9:27 AM

    He got moved to TE because he was a terrible o-lineman at Baylor who couldn’t crack the starting line-up so they used him in 2 TE heavy packages (no pun intended). There isn’t a DE in the NFL who wouldn’t abuse this guy, he’s not quick enough to play at the next level.

  21. tooz72 says: Mar 20, 2016 9:28 AM

    thats the average size of a woman in Wisconsin

  22. huh6016 says: Mar 20, 2016 9:43 AM

    but can he party like Manziel??

  23. streetyson says: Mar 20, 2016 9:43 AM

    He ordered my diner’s lamb burger & didn’t even want us to shear off the wool.

  24. DrinkingTheDeliciousTearsOfTheHaters says: Mar 20, 2016 9:45 AM

    He’s not fat, he’s just big-boned.😉

  25. jimmylikesthat says: Mar 20, 2016 9:47 AM

    Remember when Fridge was considered huge? What was he, 310 maybe

  26. justrunit11 says: Mar 20, 2016 9:47 AM

    He will fit right in that state of Wisconsin and their obesity

  27. wallyraider says: Mar 20, 2016 9:57 AM

    Food blister

  28. ejmam1 says: Mar 20, 2016 10:00 AM

    Almost as heavy as Big Ben.

  29. jpmelon says: Mar 20, 2016 10:33 AM

    Michael Jasper was 450 lbs before he was drafted. I know he was told he needed to lose weight and is officially listed at 375, but I’m not sure what he weighed at the time of the draft.

  30. dimi1919 says: Mar 20, 2016 10:41 AM

    The scary thing is that he actually looks smaller than Vince Wilfork

  31. igocommando says: Mar 20, 2016 10:41 AM

    He could back up eddie lacy, of course he’d have to gain a few pounds first.

  32. intrafinesse says: Mar 20, 2016 10:48 AM

    >400lbs is too fat

    He needs to shed 50 pounds, and even then, thats a lot of fat

  33. TB12RALLYCRY says: Mar 20, 2016 10:59 AM

    Bigger is better is a thing of the past …….regardless of his career in football or anything else his weights very unhealthy……….

  34. doggeatdogg says: Mar 20, 2016 11:02 AM

    Not healthy. Needs to lose at least 90 pounds.

  35. jessethegreat says: Mar 20, 2016 11:04 AM

    No matter the height, 300 lbs is obese. Look at Kevin Garnett. He’s 7′ and under 250 lbs. Granted the guy’s a string bean but for anyone to get over 275 there has to me some sort of attempt at it or a serious mental defect.

  36. phootballphorever says: Mar 20, 2016 11:12 AM

    He sat on a rainbow and made Skittles.

  37. ahs2 says: Mar 20, 2016 11:15 AM

    Considering all of the conditioniong and practices, its pretty amazng to even carry anything near 405

  38. contra74 says: Mar 20, 2016 11:29 AM

    Word around the league is that the packers want this guy bad.

    Lacy hasn’t panned out and this guy looks promising.

    Stay tuned.

  39. mongo3401 says: Mar 20, 2016 11:47 AM

    Serious health issue for any team that takes him on board. Serious health issue

  40. 700levelvet says: Mar 20, 2016 11:57 AM

    Hey hey hey…..

  41. godhatescleveland says: Mar 20, 2016 12:01 PM

    Oh….so that’s what happened to the “Hercules, Hercules” kid in the Nutty Professor.

  42. amanistumor says: Mar 20, 2016 12:11 PM

    I can see it now. A local restaurant owner in Cleveland told Haslam to draft this guy.

  43. tomhare13 says: Mar 20, 2016 12:27 PM

    He was a terrible o-lineman at Baylor that’s y he played TE but u could put him at 1-Tech on the DL maybe he could do something there?! He is pretty quick for being 405lb I would still make him loose atleast 40-60lbs but DL might be best spot for him!!

  44. tomhare13 says: Mar 20, 2016 12:29 PM

    Tight end LaQuan McGowan — 6-foot-6 1/8, 405 pounds — ran the 40-yard dash in 5.55 and 5.41 seconds. He had a 24-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-2 broad jump. He did the 20-yard short shuttle in 5.47 seconds and the three-cone drill in 8.25 seconds. He also performed 30 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. For a man of this size to put up these kind of numbers is really impressive!

  45. mediasloppy says: Mar 20, 2016 12:33 PM

    Either this guy is some kind of freak who can easily support that weight mass while playing at a high level or he has no discipline.

  46. thesteelhurtin says: Mar 20, 2016 12:49 PM

    I’d move him to a NT in the 3-4 defense. He would eat up a ton of space up the middle.

  47. boogerhut says: Mar 20, 2016 12:58 PM

    I can hear him breathe from here in California.

  48. boogerhut says: Mar 20, 2016 12:59 PM

    wizahdry says:
    Mar 20, 2016 8:18 AM
    I thought Refrigeator Perry was heavier than 405 lbs

    Lordy. Kids are too lazy to even google anymore.

  49. lingsun54 says: Mar 20, 2016 1:02 PM

    I’d move him to a NT in the 3-4 defense. He would eat up a ton of space up the middle.

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    He’d eat up a ton of other things too.

  50. buckethead1 says: Mar 20, 2016 1:28 PM

    He’d be considered skinny if he was as tall as Robert Wadlow…

  51. nflgtcfl says: Mar 20, 2016 1:48 PM

    Two …. the number of the day is two … type two diabetes.

    Ah Ah Ah Ah.

    The Count – Sesame Street

  52. ariani1985 says: Mar 20, 2016 1:58 PM

    Packer fans are in awe!

  53. imaduffer says: Mar 20, 2016 2:09 PM

    He has one of those new talking scales and when it gets on it , it says “get off me.”

  54. mongo3401 says: Mar 20, 2016 2:15 PM

    Just looked up his game logs. This kid is not an NFL football player. In three full seasons at Baylor he played in a total of that number he participated in 6 plays ??? His numbers for the combine are meaningless. This kid couldn’t play a full quarter in the NFL without dropping to the turf.

  55. genericcommenter says: Mar 20, 2016 2:23 PM

    Patriots will draft him in the 7th and create a new special teams position.

  56. beedubyatoo says: Mar 20, 2016 2:28 PM

    All you trolls posting about the weight of
    Wisconsin women most likely have never been in Wisconsin.

    The more apt comparison would be to women south of the Mason-Dixon line who shop at Walmart. Baylor isn’t exactly in the northern part of the U.S.

    You can look it up.

  57. cribbage12 says: Mar 20, 2016 2:30 PM

    He’d be the #1 DB on the Vikes.

  58. 400marios says: Mar 20, 2016 3:13 PM

    He got on the scale and it said, “hey…one at a time.”

  59. contra74 says: Mar 20, 2016 3:28 PM

    cribbage12 says:
    Mar 20, 2016 2:30 PM
    He’d be the #1 DB on the Vikes.
    ——
    That was weak packer fan.

    If anything, he wouldn’t leave Fitzgerald uncovered so he would be an instant upgrade for the packers.

  60. f1restarter says: Mar 20, 2016 3:42 PM

    The Vikings might draft him high.

    Not to play football, but to plug up that hole in their new stadium roof.

  61. finchy74 says: Mar 20, 2016 4:35 PM

    Dang, I got here too late. All the good Eddie Lacy jokes have been made.

  62. finchy74 says: Mar 20, 2016 4:36 PM

    beedubyatoo says:
    Mar 20, 2016 2:28 PM
    All you trolls posting about the weight of
    Wisconsin women most likely have never been in Wisconsin.

    The more apt comparison would be to women south of the Mason-Dixon line who shop at Walmart. Baylor isn’t exactly in the northern part of the U.S.

    You can look it up.
    ————————————

    Unfortunately, I have to travel there for work quite frequently and I can assure everyone who hasn’t been there that sometimes stereotypes exist for a good reason.

  63. alliwantisluv says: Mar 20, 2016 4:44 PM

    Hope he gets a chance. Could be fun.

  64. contra74 says: Mar 20, 2016 5:08 PM

    f1restarter says:
    Mar 20, 2016 3:42 PM
    The Vikings might draft him high.

    Not to play football, but to plug up that hole in their new stadium roof.
    —-
    Packer fans are STILL trying.

    Don’t they know they’re the joke of the league!?

  65. cheeseisfattening says: Mar 20, 2016 5:16 PM

    Remind me of the Packer fans in that Super Bowl baby commercial.

  66. mongo3401 says: Mar 20, 2016 5:32 PM

    If the NFL allows a team to sign this kid it will show they really have no players health issues in mind whatsoever.

  67. daytontriangles says: Mar 20, 2016 5:50 PM

    “You’re supposed to wait to bulk up until after you get paid!”

    -JaMarcus Russell

  68. cantonbound13 says: Mar 20, 2016 5:51 PM

    Graduate of the Eddie Lacy offseason conditioning program.

  69. njraiderfan19 says: Mar 20, 2016 6:07 PM

    @mongo3401
    If the NFL tells teams that they can’t sign someone because of their weight, the class-action suit that will follow will put them out of business. They will allow this young man and whatever team decides they may want him to assume the risk, same as any other player with a health concern.
    My biggest worry for this guy is life after football. You see it all the time with these huge players; their lives get very unhealthy after transitioning to having minimal physical training, and often lead short lived with low quality. A smart one was Antone Davis, who shed enough weight to make another adult on ‘The Biggest Loser’, but I’ll bet he’s the exception.

  70. karmathaitch says: Mar 20, 2016 6:36 PM

    I can see Viking and Packer fans do not like each other! Lol.

  71. bluefunk72 says: Mar 20, 2016 7:38 PM

    He’s getting drafted, but he will have to shed some weight.

  72. ebdug says: Mar 20, 2016 10:07 PM

    He’s still getting older. Growing. Size is an asset for a lineman if he can move it. Probably worth a 4th rounder.

  73. fsubulldog says: Mar 20, 2016 11:07 PM

    It’s too bad that J Lorenzen already has the Pillsbury Dough Boy handle…

    On a serious note, is there a scenario where the NFL would put a weight maximum in place? We all saw what happened with Big Fat Siragusa fell on Gannon. If this kid falls on some slot WR that weights 180, he’s gonna get crushed. Also, if the NFL is concerned about head trauma, how about this kid running down the field, somebody going low to tackle him and taking a knee to the head?

  74. rhughsirius says: Mar 21, 2016 12:52 AM

    Didn’t know that Fat Albert was into football. Of course, we didn’t know that Fat Albert’s voice was into raping drugged women either.

  75. catquick says: Mar 21, 2016 1:01 AM

    This guy could fart and burp and lose 20lbs. Just get it down to 370 and I bet he’d make an impact. The Bills tried some 500 lb guy a few years back. they told him if he lost 100 lbs they’de give him a try. He didn’t make the team. I was rooting for him

  76. DesertEagle76 says: Mar 21, 2016 2:00 AM

    He would be a supermodel in Philly.

  77. radiopirate says: Mar 21, 2016 4:14 AM

    Doesn’t he play third base for the Red Sox?

  78. bassplucker says: Mar 21, 2016 10:32 AM

    I remember a dude a year or two ago for Ole Miss who was listed at 410 but IIRC he was also 6’8 or 6’9. He never got invited to a training camp as far as I know but he did have a video clip go viral of him collapsing (literally) a metal chair on the sideline.

  79. commiecensorshiponpft says: Mar 21, 2016 1:30 PM

    Pair him up with QB Jared Lorenzen. They could block for each other on razzle dazzle plays.

  80. commiecensorshiponpft says: Mar 21, 2016 1:31 PM

    I would like to see a return back to some bigger guys. Being that there is such a drop off in proper tackling. It could add some entertainment value.

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