While offensive linemen and running backs saw the field for the first workouts and drills at the 2016 NFL Combine on Friday, the second group of arrivals -- including wide receivers, tight ends and quarterbacks -- conducted interviews and also took part in the bench press.
Of those position groups, the bench press would seem to be most important for tight ends. That position relies on strength a lot more than the other two, and there's always room for top-notch blocking tight ends in the league. Where the drill has questionable significance, though, is the wide receiver position.
Wide receiver isn't a strength position by any means. They do have to block as plays develop, but nobody is going to equate a high number in the bench press as an indicator of that kind of blocking success. Still, most of the receivers present in Indianapolis did take part and we have the results to show you here.
Aaron Burbridge and Sterling Shepard tied for the lead among receivers with 20 reps on the bench press each. That's a high number for wide receivers in general, though last year's class saw three different receivers put up the 225 pounds a total of 23 times each. Michael Thomas and Ricardo Louis both had 18 reps.
Below, we've got the full results from the bench press on Friday. The receivers, along with the quarterbacks and tight ends, will see the field for workouts on Saturday.
|Name||School||Height||Weight||Bench (reps at 225 lbs)|
|Chris Brown||Notre Dame||6'2||194||N/A|
|Aaron Burbridge||Michigan State||6'0||206||20|
|Pharoh Cooper||South Carolina||5'11||203||15|
|Cody Core||Ole Miss||6'3||205||14|
|DJ Foster||Arizona State||5'10||193||14|
|Will Fuller||Notre Dame||6'0||186||10|
|Rashard Higgins||Colorado State||6'1||196||13|
|Roger Lewis||Bowling Green||6'0||201||8|
|Jalin Marshall||Ohio State||5'10||200||17|
|Braxton Miller||Ohio State||6'1||201||17|
|Hunter Sharp||Utah State||5'11||198||12|
|Michael Thomas||Ohio State||6'3||212||18|
|Laquon Treadwell||Ole Miss||6'2||221||12|
|De'Runnya Wilson||Mississippi State||6'5||224||N/A|