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QBs answer height questions at combine

2/24/2012

A handful of notes from skill-position measurements at the NFL combine:

Height no longer an issue for RG3

Baylor QB Robert Griffin III, who teams could be trading up to No. 2 overall to get, measured at 6-foot-2⅜, which is an ideal height for him. There was some concern he would be closer to 6-foot, but teams can now feel good about his ability to scan the field from inside the pocket.

Osweiler comes up short

Arizona State QB Brock Osweiler measured shorter than expected at 6-6⅞, but that's a good thing for him. He was listed at 6-8 in college, and no one is thrilled about quarterbacks that tall. Osweiler is rising based on film study, and he's a former Gonzaga basketball recruit with good feet and mobility for his size. He currently ranks at the No. 27 overall prospect on my board.

Wright the final height winner

There was concern Baylor WR Kendall Wright would measure right around 5-7, but he came in at 5-10¼. Wright is a dynamic playmaker in the passing game and currently ranks as a first-round prospect and the No. 2 receiver on the board behind Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon.

Good and bad for running backs

Alabama RB Trent Richardson won't work out at the combine after minor arthroscopic surgery on his knee, but he showed up in very good shape. Richardson checked in at 5-9¼ and 228 pounds, but he carries the weight amazingly well. He looks more like he's 210 pounds, and is clearly very strong in the lower body. Not surprising for an early-first-round prospect with an elite combination of speed and power.

The weigh-in did not go nearly as well for Washington RB Chris Polk, who has shed nine pounds since looking sluggish at the Senior Bowl and is now 5-10.5 and 215 pounds. However, Polk doesn't look the part physically and needs a lot of work in the weight room. His body is unimpressive. Not good for a player looking to hold on to a spot on Day 2.