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NFL Scouting Combine 2017 measurements: Top linebackers seem to have shrunk

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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

It's weird. It seems like every year, certain players seem to shrink in the months leading up to the combine. How else can you explain that the consensus top three linebackers in the country all coming in an inch shorter than their listed college height?

Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster (6-0), Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham (6-3), and Florida's Jarrad Davis (6-1) were all measured exactly an inch shorter at the combine than they were listed in college. I'm sure they're not the only ones.

The colleges wouldn't exaggerate their players' sizes, would they? Can't imagine that happening.

Anderson, Ryan Alabama 6020 253 31.5 9.375
Anzalone, Alex Florida 6030 241 32.125 9.125
Beckwith, Kendell Louisiana St 6020 243 33 9.5
Biegel, Vince Wisconsin 6030 246 32.375 9.125
Boulware, Ben Clemson 6000 238 30.5 10
Bowser, Tyus Houston 6030 247 33.25 10.125
Brown, Blair Ohio 5110 238 31.25 9.375
Brown, Jayon UCLA 6000 231 31.375 9.625
Bullough, Riley Michigan St 6020 226 31.25 9.875
Cunningham, Zach Vanderbilt 6030 234 34.375 9.25
Davis, Jarrad Florida 6010 238 33.5 9.75
Davis, Kevin Colorado St 6020 235 32.375 10.25
Ellis, Brooks Arkansas 6020 240 31.75 9.75
Fields, Devonte' Louisville 6020 236 32.375 9
Foster, Reuben Alabama 6000 229 32.375 10.25
Gedeon, Ben Michigan 6020 244 32 5/8 10
Harris, Connor Lindenwood 5110 242 30 1/8 9.375
Kelsey, Keith Louisville 6000 233 31 3/8 10.125
Lee, Marquel Wake Forest 6030 240 32 1/2 9.5
Mathis, Jojo Washington 6020 266 33 9
McMillan, Raekwon Ohio St 6020 240 33 9.75
Milano, Matt Boston College 6000 223 32 9 3/8
Nickerson, Hardy Illinois 6000 232 32 10
Peppers, Jabrill Michigan 5110 213 30 3/4 9.625
Reeves-Maybin, Jalen Tennessee 6000 230 32 1/4 9 5/8
Riley, Duke Louisiana St 6000 232 32 7/2 9.25
Vallejo, Tanner Boise St 6010 228 30 1/2 9.625
Walker, Anthony Northwestern 6010 238 30 3/8 9 1/2
Watt, TJ Wisconsin 6040 252 33 1/8 11