Best Bench Press Records in NFL Combine History
As the final days of February trickle away, our great nation’s third month approaches. That means that we’ll soon be diving headfirst into all conversations related to the NFL Scouting Combine and all of the prospects that the Philadelphia Eagles might see as being interesting. Perhaps you’ve noticed. An event that we once learned about through hearsay has evolved into must-see television annually. Its individual drills, the 40-yard dash for instance, are talked about long after the curtain is drawn. That’s also true of the NFL combine bench press record.
Every year, we obsess over vertical jumps, broad jumps, and which future NFL stars had the best showing on the bench press. While seeing a prospect lift 225 pounds 40 times or more won’t guarantee he’ll be a star, it’s definitely worth a few tweets and Instagram posts.
Let’s discuss some of the best showings we have seen ahead of another combine.
NFL Combine bench press record: Best showings by prospects and every player to exceed 40 reps
One of pro football’s most important offseason events has taken on a life of its own. That’s also true of some of its individual events. At any time, a new legend or folklore can be born. Just ask Deion Sanders, John Ross, or Justin Ernest.
The latter owns the record for most bench press reps during the NFL Scouting Combine. Here’s a look at the all-time best showings (and every player to exceed 40 reps.
1999 (51 reps)- Defensive tackle Justin Ernest, Eastern Kentucky
2011 (49 reps) DT Stephen Paea, Oregon State
2006 (45 reps) D-lineman Mike Kudla, Ohio State
2000 (45 reps) DT Leif Larsen, UTEP
2010 (45 reps) Guard Mitch Petrus, Arkansas
2006 (44 reps) DT Brodrick Bunkley, Florida State
2020 (44 reps) OG Netane Muti, Fresno State
2010 (44 reps) DT Jeff Owens, Georgia
2012 (44 reps) DT Dontari Poe, Memphis
2010 (43 reps) DT Kyle Harrington, UMass
2005 (43 reps) OG Scott Young, BYU
2014 (42 reps) Center Russell Bodine, North Carolina
2018 (42 reps) DT Harrison Phillips, Stanford
2004 (42 reps) DT Isaac Sopoaga, Hawaii
2007 (42 reps) DT Tank Tyler, NC State
2012 (41 reps) C David Molk, Michigan
2006 (41 reps) LB Terna Nande, Miami (OH)
2004 (41 reps) DE Igor Olshansky, Oregon (2004)
2018 (41 reps) DT Vita Vea, Washington
One of the most unique and entertaining aspects of the NFL revolves around its ability to turn everything, including its offseason, into can’t-miss affairs. Its draft brings in more ratings than the NBA and MLB Drafts. Preseason games, exhibition affairs that won’t affect the win-loss total of either team, have the potential to create higher ratings than some of baseball’s postseason games.
The NFL Scouting Combine, with the NFL Network’s assistance, has become one of those events that we place on the calendar. This year’s version, as always, figures to