February 10th, 2014
The NFL Combine is coming on February 22! (If you don't know what the NFL Combine is, you missed this post) [links to the what the heck is the combine post]
The 40-yard dash is the star event at the combine. In 1986, Bo Jackson ran the fastest 40-yard dash at an NFL combine, with a reported time of 4.12. The time was scrutinized, but a time of 4.18 run by Jackson within the same week added some support to the legitimacy of the times. Deion Sanders ran a 4.27-second 40-yard dash in 1989.
RGIII ran a 4.41, Russell Wilson a 4.55, and Andrew Luck a 4.67 in 2012.
The bench press is a test of strength plain and simple. Each player starts with 225 pounds and must do as many reps as they can. The NFL Combine record-holder is Justin Ernest with 51 reps -- 51! -- in 1999. 51 x 225 = 11,475 lbs!
The vertical jump is how high you can jump. Donald Washington jumped 45 inches -- that's almost four feet -- in 1999.
The broad jump is is how far you can jump. Julio Jones jumped 11 feet, 3 inches in 2011. Wow!
This drill tests an athlete's ability to change directions at a high speed. Three cones are in an L-shape. From the starting line, they go 5 yards to the first cone and back. Then, turns, runs around the second cone, runs a weave around the third cone, changes directions, comes back around that second cone and finishes.
The short shuttle tests is the athlete's lateral quickness and explosion in short areas. The athlete starts in the three-point stance, explodes out 5 yards to his right, touches the line, goes back 10 yards to his left, left hand touches the line, pivot, and turns 5 more yards and finishes.
Go on the clock February 22nd-25th exclusively on NFL Network.