It's that time of year again, when I shake my head and make fun of the hype called the NFL combine. While I will admit that it is fun to see some amazing performances, I don't think much of it translates in any meaningful way to the football field. Here are some records as posted in a Yahoo News article:
The NFL does not keep Combine records, but here are the top marks for the 40-yard dash, the bench press and more over the last decade.
Nothing projects a football player's ability to perform at the highest professional level quite like a cone-to-cone sprint in his underwear.
Enter the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where the country's best college football players converge for their first encounters with NFL franchises ahead of the draft.
Whether and how much the Combine's events matter is up for constant debate, but we doubt Byron Jones would have been drafted in the first round in 2015 without hisCombine world-record broad jump. Physical attributes, though just one piece of the puzzle that is a player's pre-draft evaluation, can't hurt.
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Below are the best numbers for the core events — 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle — since 2006, or what the league calls "recent" history.
The NFL does not keep Combine records, so these marks are unofficial.
NFL Combine records
*Electronic timing began in 1999*
Record holder: John Ross, WR, 2017
Time: 4.22 seconds
Yeah, but: Running back Bo Jackson reportedly ran a 4.12 at the Combine in 1986. Defensive back Deion Sanders was clocked at 4.2 in 1989. Wide receiver Rondel Melendez also ran a 4.24 in 1999.
Record holder: Stephen Paea, DT, 2011
Repetitions (225 pounds): 49
Yeah, but: Paea's 49 reps were deemed a record in 2011 even though defensive tackle Justin Ernest pumped out 51 reps in 1999.
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Record holder: Chris Conley, WR, 2015
Yeah, but: Safety Gerald Sensabaugh set a Combine record with his 46-inch vertical in 2005, a year before the NFL's recency cut-off.
Record holder: Byron Jones, DB, 2015
Yeah, but: Jones did more than shatter the Combine record — he set a world record with his jump that dropped jaws at the 2015 event.
Record holder: Jeff Maehl, WR, 2011
Time: 6.42 seconds
Yeah, but: Maehl went undrafted in 2011 and was selected in the UFL Draft. He spent a few years on and off the Texans and Eagles' rosters.
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Record holder: Jason Allen, CB, 2006 / Brandin Cooks, WR, 2014
Time: 3.81 seconds
Yeah, but: Four players — Kevin Kasper, Deion Branch, Dunta Robinson and Champ Bailey — posted better 20-yard shuttle times before 2006. Kasper's time of 3.73 remains the best.
Record holder: Shelton Gibson, WR, 2017
Time: 10.71 seconds
Yeah, but: ... Gibson is fast — no buts about it. He barely edged Brandin Cooks (10.72 in 2017) for this record.