The tight ends, quarterbacks and wide receivers all took part in the bench press at the 2016 NFL Combine on Friday. They were the second group of players to arrive in Indianapolis, and as such will see the field for drills and other position-specific workouts on Saturday.
But first came the bench press, which doesn't mean much for two of those positions but it definitely makes a difference for tight ends. Blocking is a crucial skill for tight ends, and strength is a huge factor in blocking. Of course, leverage and hip movement and all kinds of other things factor on -- getting by on strength alone is nearly impossible in the NFL.
But it helps.
This year, David Morgan of UT-San Antonio impressed and dominated the bench press with 29 reps of 225 pounds. The next-closest was Beau Sandland, who managed 23 reps out of Montana State. Ben Braunecker out of Harvard had 20 reps, and everyone else had under 20 reps or did not participate.
Last year, Gerald Christian of Louisville led the tight ends in the bench press with 28 reps, while top tight ends Maxx Williams and Clive Walford had 17 and 20 reps, respectively.
|Name||School||Height||Weight||Bench (reps at 225 lbs)|
|Jerell Adams||South Carolina||6'5||247|
|David Grinnage||North Carolina State||6'5||248|
|Temarrick Hemingway||South Carolina State||6'5||244||18|
|Tyler Higbee||Western Kentucky||6'6||249|
|Ryan Malleck||Virginia Tech||6'4||247||18|
|David Morgan||UT-San Antonio||6'4||262||29|
|Beau Sandland||Montana State||6'4||253||23|
|Nick Vannett||Ohio State||6'6||257||17|
|Bryce Williams||East Carolina||6'6||257||19|