The 2023 East-West Shrine Bowl is underway, and we now have official measurements for all players in attendance. Looking at the group as a whole, who are some of the biggest 2023 NFL Draft risers after receiving their numbers?
Top Risers From Shrine Bowl Weigh-Ins and Measurements
Measurements are only a small part of the equation at the Shrine Bowl. Players still need to show up and produce, and be constructive in interviews. But the measurements help point onlookers in the right direction for potential risers. Here are some names that stand out.
Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College
For Zay Flowers, the headliner of the 2023 East-West Shrine Bowl roster, it wasn’t so much about impressing with his measurements. It was about not measuring smaller than expected — a fear many held for him coming into the event.
Upon receiving the numbers, Flowers came in at 5’9 1/4″ and 182 pounds. He’s still considered below-average in size. But after playing in the 170-pound range at Boston College, it’s good to see Flowers at a weight that will be passable, given his play style. All that’s left is to see how he looks at that weight in practices.
Kadeem Telfort, OT, UAB
One of the biggest riser candidates this week is Kadeem Telfort. He’ll get a chance to speak with scouts in-depth about his college journey and his maturation process over time. But he’s also a former Florida recruit with verifiable athleticism. On top of it all, he’s huge.
Telfort measured in at 6’7″, 319 pounds, with arms almost 36″ long. He’s a legitimate powerhouse on the end with great height and density and overwhelming reach. Telfort talked to PFN about how he’s been working to maximize that length in his pass sets. That’s something he’ll get to show this week.
Brevin Allen, DL, Campbell
Brevin Allen was a late addition to the Shrine Bowl roster, after impressing onlookers at the Hula Bowl earlier this month. Despite being one of the later adds, Allen may be one of the first prospects to catch scouts’ eyes. He measured in at 6’3 5/8″, 262 pounds, with 34 1/2″ arms.
Allen is a freakish athlete at his size, who displayed alignment versatility in his time with the Campbell Camels. Through 2021 and 2022, he amassed 14 total sacks and 25 total tackles for loss. He has the production and the size. He’ll now get to prove himself against premier competition in Las Vegas.
Quinton Barrow, OL, Grand Valley State
The Shrine Bowl roster is by no means sparse when it comes to talent. But given the sheer depth of the class this year, it’s a great opportunity for lesser-known prospects to make themselves known, both with their play and their stature. Quinton Barrow has accomplished this with the latter.
Barrow is one prospect scouts will be especially eager to get eyes on. He’s off the beaten path at Grand Valley State, but no one can deny he has legit NFL size. Barrow measured in at 6’5 3/8″ and 322 pounds, with 34 1/4″ arms and a near seven-foot wingspan. If he can back the numbers with his play, he’ll shoot up boards.
Shaq Davis, WR, South Carolina State
Continuing with the theme of small-school prospects getting themselves on the map, Shaq Davis is another who’s achieved a strong start to the week with his numbers. Davis is one of the bigger wide receivers on the tour at the Shrine Bowl. He’s almost 6’5″ and 216 pounds, with 34 1/8″ arms and a massive 82 5/8″ wingspan.
Davis’ reach is larger than a good amount of offensive linemen. Sometimes schools inflate player measurements, but that’s not the case with Davis. He’s just as dominating as advertised. It’s a big reason why he averaged over 20 yards per catch in his career and scored a touchdown on over 22% of his catches.
Tyreque Jones, DB, Boise State
Anything above 32″, in general, is a good length for defensive backs, but there’s one DB prospect who’s head and shoulders above the rest at the Shrine Bowl when it comes to his disruption radius. That prospect is Boise State’s Tyreque Jones.
A versatile safety-slot hybrid, Jones measured in at 6’1 5/8″ and 194 pounds. His pure height and weight numbers are fairly standard, but at that size, he has absurd 33 7/8″ arms. That proportional length is extremely rare, and it should allow him to make a few plays on the ball this week.
Truman Jones, EDGE, Harvard
You’ll want to keep tabs on a few small-school prospects at the East-West Shrine Bowl, and Harvard’s Truman Jones is another one on the list. Jones will transfix NFL teams off the field with his smarts and his special-teams willingness, but a big checkmark for him was measuring in with NFL size this week. He did that.
A productive edge rusher who picked up six sacks and 13 TFLs in 2022, Jones came in at 6’2 3/4″, 251 pounds, with 33 5/8″ arms and 10″ hands. Gauging his athleticism is the next task this week, but he has great natural leverage and proportional length — tools that will help him in 1-on-1s.
Devonnsha Maxwell, DT, Chattanooga
Devonnsha Maxwell finished his career at Chattanooga as the all-time sacks leader in the Southern Conference. He’s got legitimate athleticism and pass-rush skills, and when you talk to him, his attention to detail is evident. But it helps that his build is very unique and valuable.
Maxwell measured in at 6’1 1/2″ and 299 pounds at the Shrine Bowl. He’s a bit undersized off of those measurements, but at that size, he has long 33″ arms. Maxwell has high-end natural leverage at his size, and his length allows him to make contact first and dictate reps against interior blockers.
Jordan McFadden, OL, Clemson
The spotlight has been on Jordan McFadden for a while, with him being a starting tackle at Clemson. Even so, he’s remained under the radar throughout the 2023 NFL Draft process. He may be able to change that with a strong week at the Shrine Bowl, and already, he’s piquing interest.
McFadden measured 6’2″ on the dot, with a 295-pound frame and rangy 34″ arms. His combination of natural leverage and proportional length will help him anywhere, but he could feasibly project very well on the interior. Don’t be surprised to see him get guard reps this week.
Moro Ojomo, DT, Texas
Much like Maxwell from Chattanooga, Moro Ojomo is another defensive tackle prospect who has a very appealing combination of natural leverage and proportional length, and that’s confirmed by his numbers. He’s 6’2 1/2″ and 293 pounds, but he has 34 3/8″ arms at that size.
At under 6’3″, Ojomo can easily get under his opponents’ pads and acquire leverage. With his absolute levers for arms, Ojomo can easily drive power and channel his burst with full extensions. After a career year at Texas, he’s one to watch as a potential riser this week.
Terell Smith, DB, Minnesota
Terell Smith picked up a lot of ground with his tape in 2022, standing out as a playmaker with slot versatility on Minnesota’s defense. His line of 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, and five deflections was impressive. Even more impressive, however, is Smith’s size within his versatile role.
At the Shrine Bowl, Smith measured in at 6’0 1/2″ and 207 pounds, with arms nearly 33″ long. For a DB listed at 215 pounds on his school site, it’s good to see Smith linger around the 210-mark. And his length undoubtedly helps him contest passes and combat blocks.
Ochaun Mathis, EDGE, Nebraska
There was a time when Ochaun Mathis was a trendy sleeper pick in the 2021 NFL Draft cycle. That was after he amassed eight sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss in a breakout 2020 campaign for the TCU Horned Frogs. But Mathis regressed the following year and later transferred to Nebraska in 2022.
Mathis’ collegiate career left onlookers wanting more, but his measurements are a reminder that he does have traits to mold. He’s still a bit lighter than preferred, but his spidery frame is hard to miss. He’s 6’4 1/2″ and 247 pounds, with near-35″ arms, 10 5/8″ hands, and a massive 84 3/4″ wingspan. Mathis needs a big week, and he’s off to a solid start.
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