Below is Todd McShay's Observations/Breakdown of yesterday's weigh-in session for OL, TE and Specialists.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tape measures and scales will not be traded in for stopwatches and footballs at the NFL combine until Saturday, but that doesn't mean there isn't buzz being generated. Here are our observations after Thursday's weigh-in sessions for tight ends, offensive linemen and specialists. Here are some of our observations:
Campbell, Iupati already impressive
Maryland OT Bruce Campbell is inconsistent on film but figures to wow scouts with his upside, and he started doing so Thursday. Campbell is one of the few 316-pound human beings in this world who can be described as "shredded." He's expected to be among the leaders in the standard 225-pound bench press Friday and to clock a sub-5.00 in the 40-yard dash Saturday.
Idaho OG/OT Mike Iupati came in a close second in the offensive line's best-in-show contest. Iupati is not as defined at Campbell but carried his 331 pounds well on a 6-foot-5 frame.
Bulaga measures up
One of the big questions as the premier offensive linemen were sized up was just how long the arms of Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga would be. Arm length is one of the most scrutinized physical attributes for offensive tackles because short arms make it easier for pass-rushers to get into their frame and get around them.
Concerns were eased a bit for Bulaga, who exceeded expectations with 33¼-inch arms. For comparison purposes, first-round pick Eugene Monroe measured in at 33⅞ inches a year ago and fared just fine as a rookie for the Jaguars.
Bad start for Davis
Rutgers OT Anthony Davis is currently the highest-rated tackle on our board, but he looked sloppy and soft in the middle during weigh-ins. It's a disappointing start for a player looking to solidify his status in a very competitive class, and coming in out of shape will only add to off-the-field concerns Davis is sure to be grilled about in interviews.
Seniors back on the radar
We got our first look since bowl season at the top two senior offensive tackles in the 2010 class, and Oklahoma State's Russell Okung passed the eyeball test a little better than Oklahoma's Trent Williams. Okung looked athletic at 6-5 and 307 pounds. Although Williams certainly didn't embarrass himself, he looked a little fleshier at 6-5 and 315.
Saffold moving up
Indiana OT Rodger Saffold isn't in the first-round discussion, but his stock is on the rise. After a strong showing at the East-West Shrine Game, Saffold weighed in here at 316 pounds and measured 6-4⅝. He carried the weight well and is looking to move up in the second round with a strong showing at the combine.
Tight ends show well
We thought Oklahoma's Jermaine Gresham would win the weigh-in among tight ends, but Arizona's Rob Gronkowski stole Gresham's thunder. Gronkowski checked in taller than we expected at 6-¼, has long arms at 34¼ inches and has 10¼-inch hands. Size isn't an issue, either, after he weighed in at 264 pounds. In fairness to Gresham, he looked good, too, at 6-5¼ and 261 pounds.
USC TE Anthony McCoy might not have elite measurables, but he looked athletic at 259 and 6-4½. Although McCoy didn't catch the ball as well as expected at the Senior Bowl, there's a lot to like about his 10⅜-inch hand span.
Penn State's Andrew Quarless and Pittsburgh's Nate Byham also caught our attention Thursday. Quarless is a talented underachiever, and the combine is a perfect venue for him to showcase his athleticism, and his 6-4⅝, 254-pound frame is impressive. It could be the start of a big week for him. Meanwhile, Byham looked trim at 6-4 and 262.
The pace picks up a bit Friday when the skill position players (quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers) get into the mix with their measurements and some of the big fellas (offensive linemen and tight ends) hit the bench press.
Be sure to check in frequently between now and Tuesday because we will keep the results flowing in our daily NFL draft blog and put a bow on each day with our combine buzz, which will feature more in-depth analysis after we've collected and compared the day's information.
Todd McShay is the director of college football scouting for Scouts Inc. He has been evaluating prospects for the NFL draft since 1998.