Tez Doolittle is a 285-pound defensive lineman from Auburn who is hoping to be selected in next month's NFL Draft. So he didn't protest when a scout from the Oakland Raiders asked him to strip off his shirt and pose during Auburn's pro day yesterday. (Shirtless shots from past NFL prospects below jump).
Before he spoke with reporters, Doolittle posed with his shirt off for a scout with the Oakland Raiders, who snapped shots of the defensive tackle from the front and behind.
"They just told me to take my shirt off and took two pictures, " Doolittle said. "No questions. Just do it."
Doolittle, who scouts say might be a mid-draft pick, hopes his little beefcake session could raise his stock, saying, "I've been working my tail off, day and night."
We haven't yet seen Doolittle's shirtless shots, but hope they held him land with a team. Eying the prospective NFL flesh has long been a ritual among scouts and general manager, but it's only in the era of the Internet and coverage of the draft combine that this beef has been available to the rest of us. While New England quarterback Tom Brady must wince when he sees his combine shot from 2000, others have reason to crow about how they looked in the weeks leading up to the draft:
Hat tip to Pro Football Talk.