DeVonta Smith was not the only member of Alabama to answer questions about his weight. Offensive lineman Deonte Brown was also asked about whether he would be able to address his own weight at the next level.
Brown, who’s one of the largest linemen in the draft, played at over 360 pounds during the 2020 season and went to Senior Bowl weighing precisely 364 pounds.
Although he’s been able to use his size to his advantage, it is still a concern for many NFL teams if he will be able to shave off a few pounds to help his mobility.
The Decatur, AL native did exactly that, as he has lost 18 pounds since his Senior Bowl weigh-in.
“Most of the questions I got at the Senior Bowl were about my weight,” Brown said during his media availability on Monday. “As y’all know, I weighed 364 at the Senior Bowl and I’m now 346. That showed a lot of discipline.”
Brown attributed his weight loss to changing up his diet, cutting out certain foods that weren’t benefitting him the way he wanted.
“I just started to ear better,” Brown said. “I was already eating good as it is healthy-wise. During these last two months, I have been cutting back on a lot of things. I have been trying to eat clean and not eating that much pork, red meat, things like that. That’s really helped me a lot. I don’t feel like I lost my strength. I can still bench and power-clean really well. I just had to slim down so I can perform well.”
Even with the weight fluctuation, Brown is looked at as one of the top interior linemen in the upcoming draft as he hopes to continue to tweak his physique in order to be selected as high as possible.
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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77