MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Senior Bowl players are being scrutinized - down to the smallest details.
On Monday, January 21, the athletes marched onto a stage where they were weighed and measured as potential NFL employers watched.
For many, it's the scene of our worst nightmares — all alone, in your underwear, studied by a crowd of hundreds. For these guys, it's part of an interview for their dream career.
"I'm pretty excited to come out here and compete," said UCLA's defensive end Datone Jones.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Scout Eric Stokes said, "We're just gonna kinda analyze these guys and see where it goes."
On Monday morning, NFL scouts weighed their options as the players were measured and stood on a scale. But size isn't everything- just ask 5'9" Wes Welker, or 5'11" Russell Wilson.
Stokes said, "Russell Wilson was a guy that definitely had arm talent, could throw, and you kinda had to see past the size. So you can never quite just weigh it all on height, weight, and speed, sometimes you gotta look at the essence of a player."
Monday was just the start of a week-long job interview, where every move these players make will be scrutinized.
Wisconsin offensive tackle Ricky Wagner said, "Everything is being judged and people are looking at you all the time. So it's a little nerve-wracking, but that's what this business is all about."
"This job interview can either boost you up in the draft or hurt you," said Jones.
There's also no time for rest - right after the weigh-in, these guys hit the playbooks before practice. They've earned the right to be here, now they have to earn the right to play in the NFL.
The heaviest player was Georgia's John Jenkins at 359 pounds and the tallest is SMU's Margus Hunt at 6-foot-8.
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