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Auburn Tigers in the 2015 NFL Combine

What's going on with the Auburn players in the NFL Combine?

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Offensive players had all of their measurements, today. Here's how they measured out:

Name Position Height Weight Arm Hand
Marshall, Nick QB/DB 6010 207 32 1/8 9 1/4
Artis-Payne, Cameron RB 5100 212 29 5/8 8 7/8
Coates, Sammie WR 6010 212 33 3/8 9 3/8
Dismukes, Reese OL/C 6030 296 32 1/4 8 7/8

I'm still not sure exactly what "small hands" is supposed to mean, but apparently it's a thing with some draft experts. Reese Dismukes has the smallest hands of any of the other OL prospects participating in the Combine. He is also 49th out of 53 in the size of his arms. However, that didn't stop him from starting at center in the SEC for four seasons and anchoring Auburn's power rushing attack the past two years.

Apparently hand size plays into how teams think a player "may not grow like we want" according to Bud Elliot. However, at 6'3, 296 lbs, I don't see Reese needing to "grow" any more. Sammie Coates being 17th out of 44 in terms of hand size may come into play more than Reese's hand size. Sammie's drops have been the biggest knock on him. One other interesting note... Reese was the only offensive line prospect to measure in at less than 300 lbs.

On that subject, there's this note by Gil Brandt:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sammie Coates, who has had a number of drops in his career, caught 10 of 11 catchable balls of 20+ yards in final season at Auburn.</p>&mdash; Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) <a href="https://twitter.com/Gil_Brandt/status/568458351148818432">February 19, 2015</a></blockquote>

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With Sammie's speed, that number there might be one of the biggest reasons he'll be high on some teams' boards. He is always a threat to go deep. I'm curious what they term "catchable" balls, though.

Nick Marshall is by far the smallest in weight among the quarterbacks, but he's not expecting to play quarterback in the NFL. According to his agent, Marshall is only throwing at the Combine because teams want to look at him as an emergency option at the position. He would not be a bad option to have if the QB injury situation is that bad. He will still most likely end up as a defensive back, somewhere. I think whatever team grabs him is going to be getting a steal.

Press Conferences:

Sammie Coates

Nick Marshall

Cameron Artis-Payne

*Will update as press conferences become available