Alabama Football roster heights raise eyebrows after official measurements at 2023 NFL Combine

On3 Staff Report03/06/23
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The 2023 NFL Scouting Combine is complete, with attention now turning to Pro Days ahead of the 2023 NFL Draft in April. In addition to participating in drills such as the 40-yard dash, players in attendance also underwent testing to determine their official heights and weights. When comparing the heights and weights listed on team rosters and the NFL Combine measurements, there are some notable differences raising eyebrows, including at Alabama.

Alabama had 13 players participate in the 2023 NFL Combine, including two likely top five picks in quarterback Bryce Young and EDGE Will Anderson Jr. But when looking at Alabama’s data, there are interestingly six players with a height difference of at least one inch, including three players that had around two-inch discrepancies.

2023 NFL CombinePositionRoster HeightCombine HeightRoster WeightCombine Weight
Will Anderson Jr.EDGE6’4″6’3 1/2″243253
Bryce YoungQB6’0″5’10 1/8″194204
Brian BranchSafety6’0″5’11 5/8″193190
Jahmyr GibbsRB5’11”5’9″200199
Jordan BattleSafety6’1″6’1″206209
Emil Ekiyor Jr.OL6’3″6’2 1/2″307314
Eli RicksCB6’2″6’2″190188
Henry To’oTo’oLB6’2″6’1″228227
Byron YoungDT6’3″6’3″292294
Tyler SteenOT6’5″6’6″315321
Cameron LatuTE6’5″6’4″244242
DJ DaleDT6’3″6’1″300302
DeMarco HellamsSafety6’1″6’1″208203

The three Alabama players that had nearly two inches between their roster height and combine height were Young, Jahmyr Gibbs and DJ Dale. Young’s combine height was just shy of two inches shorter of his listed roster height, coming in with a difference of 1 7/8″. In addition to those three, the Crimson Tide had two players – Henry To’oTo’o and Cameron Latu – measure one inch shorter at the combine than they were listed on the official team roster. Interestingly, Tyler Steen measured one inch taller at the combine than his listed roster height.

The differences between Alabama’s roster heights and measured combine heights are notable, but not the only ones that stood out in Indianapolis. TCU had two players that measured two inches shorter than their official roster heights. Linebacker Dee Winters is listed on TCU’s roster at 6’1″ but measured at 5’11”, while wide receiver Derius Davis is listed at 5’10” but measured at 5’8″. Georgia and LSU also each had four players with one inch of discrepancy between roster heights and combine heights.

Alabama also had some notable weight discrepancies, though that is far more common. Adding or dropping weight is common for players as they prepare for the NFL based on feedback they receive, in addition to common fluctuation over the course of a season and offseason.

Analyzing Alabama’s previous NFL Combine differences

Over the previous two NFL combines, Alabama has had more differences between height measurements. During the 2022 NFL Combine, Alabama had two players that measured at least one inch shorter than their roster height. Christian Harris measured 1 1/2″ shorter than his listed height.

2022 NFL CombinePositionRoster HeightCombine HeightRoster WeightCombine Weight
Christian HarrisLB6’2″6’0 1/2″232226
LaBryan RayEDGE6’5″6’4″285283
Brian Robinson Jr.RB6’1″6’2″225225

Like Steen in 2023, Alabama had one player measure one inch taller at the 2022 combine. Brian Robinson Jr. came in at 6’2″, which is an inch taller than his roster height.

2021 NFL CombinePositionRoster HeightCombine HeightRoster WeightCombine Weight
Deonte BrownOL6’4″6’3″350364
Alex LeatherwoodOL6’6″6’5″312312
DeVonta SmithWR6’1″6’0″175175

The 2021 NFL Combine was no different for Alabama, with three players that came in exactly one inch shorter than their listed roster heights.