LaQuan McGowan, Baylor offensive lineman-turned-tight end (the one who caught three touchdowns, including one in the Cotton Bowl), dazzled at the Bears' pro day by a) being 6'7, 405 pounds and b) moving like he's nowhere near that size.
His 5.39 40 might not sound very fast for an NFL prospect, but it's as good as or better than nine linemen at the NFL Combine, all of whom weighed at least 70 pounds less. A few non-linemen ran in the 5s at the combine, and those humans are roughly half McGowan's size. His three-cone drill, broad jump and vertical compare similarly, and of course his bench press reps would've ranked in the top five among OL.
Sure, that means comparing him against linemen and not against tight ends, but special circumstances are merited here.
The big fella knows he has more to offer as an athlete than just being a big fella. From a chat with Our Daily Bears:
Does the constant talk about your size lead people to ignore your skill set?
Yes it does. I know for a fact it does. A lot of people are so caught up on oh "he's so big" that they forget to think about that "oh he's so big but he can run. Oh he's big but he's keeping up with all these other smaller guys."
When you were running sprints in practice did you ever give people a hard time for being behind you?
Yeah, oh yeah! I've beat some guys less than 300 pounds. I don't give them too hard a time, but I have a few times (laughs).
If the Patriots don't draft him in some weird round and infuriate the Ravens by having him run trick plays forever, I'm going to pout.
Our latest coach interview podcast: Maryland's D.J. Durkin, the man from both the Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh coaching trees, joins the Solid Verbal.
Our far more professional podcast, Shutdown Fullcast, counters by discussing Spencer Hall's visit with Bun B, plus Bob Davie, Ben Carson, Purdue and Charlie Weis to Rutgers. Extremely professional.
Bill C team of the day: UNLV, which is off to a good start! Now it's time to double down!
Bill also makes the case for picking Oklahoma over Auburn in 2004. :O
Accept no imitations. It's the return of SB Nation's annual bracket of March Madness picks based on nothing but which mascot would win in a fight.
Notre Dame fans! Everything you could possibly hope to know about the start of spring ball is here.
Jimbo Fisher was hoppin' mad about the Noles' lack of energy after their first practice of 2016, calling it one of the worst he's ever seen.
Another day, another NFL assistant hired by Lovie Smith at Illinois.
Absolutely, a bunch of Ohio State fans showed up to boo Michigan in the NCAA First Four.
Bud Elliott makes a point about covering Pac-12 recruiting that applies to most West Coast football things: you can just say things the way they are without installing a dense force field of caveats, since nobody's gonna get all that mad anyway. One or two Arizona State or Fresno State fans might, and any Oregon discussion will make somebody furious, but the potential anger that can be whipped up by talking anything Pacific Coast football is n o t h i n g compared to Big Ten or SEC chatter. While that lack of raging emotion is bad for, say, the Pac-12 Network, it does make the Pac-12 a nice change of pace to discuss.