The 2023 Reese’s Senior Bowl is here. Many of the game’s participants arrived in Mobile, Alabama over the weekend. While practices don’t begin until Tuesday, January 31st, players do go through official measurements. Ohio State offensive lineman Dawand Jones set a new record, per Jim Nagy, the Executive Director of the 2023 Reese’s Senior Bowl.
BREAKING: Ohio State RT Dawand Jones is officially the longest player in @seniorbowl history with 89 1/2 inch wingspan. Equates to normal wingspan of someone 7’5 1/2”.
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) January 30, 2023
At last year’s Senior Bowl, Minnesota OL Daniel Faalele measured in at just over 6’8. Additionally, his wingspan of 86 and 2/8ths inch set a new record. Needless to say, many were enamored with his measurements. The Baltimore Ravens selected Faalele with the 110th pick in the fourth round. At the Senior Bowl, Faalele displayed his size and strength, but wasn’t as agile as scouts would have liked. As a result, we saw his draft stock dip a bit after the week in Mobile.
Dawand Jones, on the other hand, currently has a projected draft value of an early second round pick, according to our 2023 NFL Draft Big Board Top 200 Prospect Rankings. If Dawand Jones is able to put on an impressive showing for NFL front office personnel, which we predict him to do, that could be enough to push him into the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.
Starting at right tackle for the Buckeyes, Dawand Jones has held his own against some of college football’s top edge rushers. He possesses a solid ability to stay in front of defenders in pass protection, keeping the pocket clean. However, I would like to see him clean up some of his mechanics. Most notably is his footwork, which can be sloppy at times. Despite this, he’s still one of the best tackle sin the 2023 NFL Draft class.