Originally Posted by *MC*
After our conversation, it occurred to me that I have about three friends who are in the same position: they are all ~5'10", 255-275#, have wide backs, with big arms/shoulders and thick torsos.
I'd suggest from a purely bodybuilding perspective that being 5'10" at 255+ they are going to be pretty chunky lads. The chest is a relatively small muscle which has the potential to carry a lot of fat. I'd suggest if they leaned out a bit they may find they actually have a fair bit of chest muscle.
The arms and back is a different deal and generally just get bigger, but you can't really see much of some muscles if they're covered up with fat.