The media's hype machine has been screaming for months in support of Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa. Bosa was an inch shorter and a little lighter than listed at 6-foot-5, 269 pounds. He also had average arm length at 33 3/8 inches. Bosa's measurements were solid but not spectacular.
Oregon has produced a lot of good athletes with size and speed. Defensive lineman DeForest Buckner continued the trend by checking in at 6-foot-7, 291 pounds with 34 3/8-inch arms. Buckner has the ability to play inside or outside, and he should be a standout in the field drills. Buckner's arms were longer, and he was one pound shorter than former teammate Arik Armstead.
Florida defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard has been viewed as a tweener tackle and end. Bullard's weigh-in continued the debate as he checked in at 6-foot-3, 285 pounds. For the NFL, Bullard would fit best as an end on run downs who moves inside in passing situations.
Clemson's Kevin Dodd was as advertised at 6-foot-5, 277 pounds. He also had nice length with 34-inch arms. If Dodd moves well in the field drills, he could become a hot prospect as a 3-4 outside linebacker or a base end in a 4-3 defense.
Dodd's teammate Shaq Lawson has been projected to be a high first-round pick by some, but WalterFootball.com knows some teams have graded Lawson in the second round. One of the reasons for that is Lawson's size doesn't make him a fit in a 3-4 defense and he lacks the length that teams like in 4-3 defensive ends. At 6-foot-2, 269 pounds, Lawson is a shorter, thicker end with short arms (32.75 inches). He needs a strong workout to help his draft stock.
A player who had a disappointing weigh-in was Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun. Calhoun was slightly shorter than billed at 6-foot-4, an inch shorter to be exact, and weighed 251 pounds. That makes him undersized to be a defensive end in a 4-3 defense. He will need to add weight for a 4-3 scheme, but would fit well as a 3-4 outside linebacker at his current numbers.
UCLA nose tackle Kenny Clark checked in as expected. Clark (6-2, 314) is a thick nose tackle who has some surprising explosion off the snap for a big lineman. With a crowded group of defensive tackles like the Alabama duo, Sheldon Rankins, Vernon Butler, and more, Clark could use a strong combine performance.
Ole Miss defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche (6-3, 294) was a little shorter than listed, but that shouldn't change him impressing on the field. Nkemdiche is a great athlete with speed and should star on the field. However, Nkemdiche has a plethora of off-the-field issues, and his interview sessions at the combine are critical.
One of the most surprising weigh-ins came from Alabama defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson. He was listed at 6-foot-4, 320 pounds, but Robinson checked in at 6-foot-3, 307 pounds. Robinson may have dropped weight to run fast in the 40-yard dash and be explosive in the field drills. Sources say that Robinson has a ton of athletic ability, so it wouldn't be surprising if he performs well in the field drills.
Texas defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway was 6-foot-3, 303 pounds. That was a bit lighter than listed, so Ridgeway also probably dropped weight to run well in the field work.
Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah (6-4, 273) was right at his listed numbers. Ogbah also had impressive arm length with 35.5 inches. Even with two double-digit sacks seasons, Ogbah is viewed as a pick in the back half of the first round by teams. Thus, Ogbah needs a big combine performance to crack the top 16.