While the focus of the college football world this week is mainly on finishing up recruiting, it’s also an important week for former college players now preparing for the NFL.
Specifically, the Senior Bowl — maybe the most prestigious of the post-season All-Star games — is Saturday in Mobile, Ala at 1 p.m. Seattle time. It will be televised on the NFL Network.
Three former UW players are participating — tailback Chris Polk, offensive tackle Senio Kelemete and defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu.
Just as important as the game — and if not moreso in the eyes of some scouts — are the week of practices leading into Saturday. Those have become a big enough deal that the NFL Network now also televises many of the practices, beginning today at 1 p.m. Seattle time and continuing throughout the week (here’s a link to the NFL Network schedule for the week).
Official measurements for all players were taken earlier today, and while they sometimes reveal some wide disparities in what players were listed at during their college years, the three UW participants were pretty much where they were during their last season at Washington. Polk measured at 5-10.4 and 224 pounds (he was listed at 5-11, 222 last year at UW); Kelemete came in at 6-3.4, 300 pounds (listed at 6-4, 301 at UW); and Ta’amu came in at 6-2.4, 341 (6-3, 337 at UW).
NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang offers this assessment of what the measurements revealed for some players. Wesley Bunting of The National Football Post is another good one to follow through the week.