More than 300 draft prospects will gather in Indianapolis, Ind. next week for the biggest job interview of their lives. They will be measured, interviewed and stared at for roughly a week before being sent on their way with two months to fret over where they will be selected come late April.
It seems that every year players get faster and stronger than ever before. Bench press and 40-yard dash records are being set with more frequency than we are accustomed to seeing.
After the jump, we'll take a look at the updated list of records for the scouting combine.
Bench Press (225 lbs.) - Justin Ernest, Eastern Kentucky, 51 reps (1999)
Justin Ernest didn't have much of a pro career, but he managed an astounding 51 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press. That mark was challenged last year when Sthepen Paea put up 49 reps.
40-yard dash - Chris Johnson, Running Back, East Carolina 4.24 seconds (2008)
Sometimes the workout warriors pan out for NFL teams. Chris Johnson's record 40 speed clearly translates to the field.
Vertical Leap - Gerald Sensabaugh, Defensive Back, North Carolina 46 inches (2005)
Gerald Sensabaugh is a decent starting safety in the NFL, and with a vertical leap like that it's no surprise.
20-yard shuttle - Kevin Kasper, WR, Iowa 3.73 seconds (2001)
You all remember Kevin Kasper, right? Alright, maybe not, but he was the quickest to ever complete the 20-yard shuttle drill.
3-cone drill - Jeff Maehl, WR, Oregon 6.42 seconds (2011)
Jeff Maehl was an incredible fit in the Oregon offense because of his terrific agility. He's a guy to keep an eye on down in Houston.
Broad Jump - Scott Starks, DB, Wisconsin 11-feet-5 inches (2005)
Scott Starks doesn't quite have the size to be an effective NFL cornerback, but his leaping ability was off the charts at the 2005 Scouting Combine.
As we all know, the combine is far from an exact measure for on the field success. That being said, it's an entertaining event, and this year's version figures to be no different.