LaQuan McGowan stands six-foot-seven and weighs in at 405 lbs., but the sad part is that most of the NFL teams would want to see more of him than what is being talked about him during the Baylor Pro Day last week.
NBC Sports’ pro football talk reported that McGowan was not invited at the NFL Combine, which was for most would be a big thing for scouts to assess if the senior tight end from Amarillo, Texas has something to offer in the professional league. It was also noted that scouts would want to see McGowan as an offensive lineman that would earn him a ticket going into the 2016 NFL Draft next month.
Many consider McGowan getting drafted as a long shot, but the agile gentle giant might come as a surprise once a team includes him in their roster. As he could possible create an offensive magic towards the end zone in a coach’s perfect play design.
Even NFL’s personnel man Gil Brandt calls McGowan as the heaviest player ever weight in any Pro Day. McGowan can run the 40 yard dash at 5.55 and 5.41 seconds adding a 24-inch vertical leap and eight-foot-two board jump. Brandt was also impressed when McGowan’s 25 repetitions of a 225 lbs. on bench press.
McGowan earned the attention after his 18-yard interception against Kansas that resulted in a touchdown. He helped Baylor to most successful five-year span in school history including two conference championships (2013 and 2014 Big 12 titles), three bowl victories and 50 wins (29-3 home mark) in five seasons.
In his three seasons of playing for Baylor, he led his team to a 32-7 record that he was named to the 2015 Sports Illustrated All-Bowl Team. He was also selected to spring 2014 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and graduated in December 2015 with a degree in Health, Kinesiology and Leisure Studies. He is also an All-State lineman at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch as four-year, the three-way starter on O-line, D-line and as place-kicker.
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