Wednesday in Indianapolis, three of the six Wisconsin Badgers invited to the NFL Scouting Combine were measured and weighed for the benefit of all 32 teams.
Offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk and running backs, Corey Clement and Dare Ogunbowale all started the “official” draft process. Here’s how they measured in, and what it all means (NFL.com combine scouting reports linked in each name).
OL36 Ryan Ramczyk
Weight: 310 lbs.
Arm Length: 33 3/4”
Hand Size: 10 7/8”
Well, Ramczyk checks in right around where he was expected. He was listed by UW at 6’6, 314 pounds, so this about right. He’s got the ideal left-tackle size for 2017 (tall, heavy tackles have fallen out of vogue a bit). His arm length is good and he has big hands, so he wears big gloves. In all seriousness, big hands are good for an offensive lineman because when they deliver that punch to the chest of a defensive lineman, they have a big surface area to strike with, and bigger hands make it easier to control the DL once engaged.
While he will be unable to test athletically in Indy, these are encouraging numbers for the Stevens Point, Wis., native, who has given the NFL community a season of solid tape displaying his mean streak and athleticism in both the pass and run games.
RB2 Corey Clement
Weight: 220 lbs.
Arm Length: 30 1/2”
Hand Size: 9 3/4”
Clement is sure to be a contestant for the “Biggest Biceps at the Combine” award, as the former Badger had one of the most impressive physiques at the Senior Bowl. This is encouraging for Clement, as he has a bit of that “Big Ten plodder” label. While he doesn’t have breakaway speed, he’s down seven pounds from his listed weight and a pound from the Senior Bowl, so he’s trimming the fat figuratively and literally as he slims down for the NFL. Arm length doesn’t carry a ton of weight for running backs, but his hand size is encouraging. He had a little issue with fumbling about mid way through last season; big hands make holding onto the ball easier—in theory, at least.
I’m interested to see how Clement tests, because he could surprise, or he could be overwhelmingly average, not a good look for someone who is looking to improve his stock. Clement has some of the most to gain from testing of the running backs this week, while admittedly he might not have a ton to lose.
RB22 Dare Ogunbowale
Height: 5’11 1/8
Weight: 213 lbs.
Arm Length: 31 3/8”
Hand Size: 9 1/8”
One of the “sleeper” backs in this class, Ogunbowale can make himself a lot of money in Indianapolis. Recency bias aside, a James White-type role for Ogunbowale would be a nice way to get on the field early for the former walk-on. Coming in only seven pounds lighter than Clement is a bit of a surprise, as the two are built a bit differently. Ogunbowale didn’t have any recurring fumbling issues in Madison, and his hand size could be indicative of that.
Ogunbowale’s athletic testing is going to be vital for how his value to NFL teams is evaluated. If he can run a sub-4.50 40-yard dash and do well in the receiving drills, it will only entrench him further as one of the best third-down back prospects in this class. His natural athleticism and fluidity are among his strengths, so if he can show some straight-line speed to pair with that, he could be drafted earlier than people might think.