NFL Draft hopefuls are beginning to roll into Indianapolis and the players are beginning to undergo their medicals and measurements at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. Today, the tight end prospects received their measurements and there was one number that showed up and could cause some concerns surrounding Stanford Cardinal tight end Zach Ertz.
Ertz is considered to be the top tight end prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft — I personally have San Diego State’s Gavin Escobar as the top tight end.
The issue that was raised for Ertz today in Indianapolis was arm length. Ertz weighed in at 6-foot-5, 249-pounds, but his arm length was a disappointing 31 3/4.”
As a comparison, Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert’s arms were 33 1/8″ arms, Escobar’s were 33 5/8″ at 6-foot-6, 254-pounds, Dion Sims from Michigan State had his arm length measured at 33 1/8″, with Florida’s Jordan Reed having 33″ arms. As you can see, Ertz’s arm length is significantly shorter.
The arm length will raise concerns about Ertz’s ability to get push against NFL defensive players when he is forced to block. The disappointing arm length could translate to a lack of power in Ertz’s blocking. Of course, the short arms could do nothing more than have Ertz looking like a T-Rex that can ball.
We will have to wait and see.
What do you think of the concerns over Ertz’s arm length? Is it something that should raise concerns or will it be a non-issue?