Friday, June 7, 2013
Stacking up true NFC West heavyweights
By Mike Sando
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Courtney Upshaw is in the news after his coach, John Harbaugh, suggested Upshaw needed to cut weight by improving his diet.
"Courtney eats too much and he doesn't eat all the right foods," Harbaugh said.
Colleague Dan Graziano and I had some fun with the subject in the video above.
Separately, I've put together a chart ranking current NFC West players by heaviest listed weights, according to the teams' websites. Listed weights aren't always accurate. Years ago, I recall seeing a 330-pound defensive tackle listed at 285 pounds in the team's media guide (the player's wishes apparently carried considerable weight -- some 45 pounds -- with the public relations staff).
St. Louis Rams undrafted rookie Terrell Brown made headlines recently for topping 400 pounds. He stands 6-foot-10 and was initially listed at 385 pounds, but coach Jeff Fisher said Brown's actual weight is 403 pounds.
Just missing the cut in the chart: Levi Brown (324), Chilo Rachal (323), Anthony Davis (323), Red Bryant (323), Michael Brockers (322) and James Carpenter (321). Fifty-seven others are listed between 300 and 320 pounds.
All of those players are linemen. Seattle Seahawks tight end Darren Fells (281) is the only non-lineman listed at heavier than 268 pounds.