NFL Scouting Combine 2013: OL And TE Bench Press Results

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As the Packers look to improve their offensive line, one key area to consider is the raw strength each player possesses. At the combine this is measured in the bench press test.

The bench reps is one of the most watched tests for players at the combine, second only to the 40 yard dash results. This is especially true for the guys in the trenches, where the bench results can measure how much raw strength a player has available. Strength is absolutely critical in run blocking as well as pass blocking. This test can often make or break an offensive lineman just as a 40 time can make or break a wide receiver.

Offensive Linemen

The big winner of the day was Eric Herman with 36 reps. This is good news for Herman since it may raise his stock slightly, he was listed as a sixth or seventh round pick before the combine. Following Herman closely was Jonathan Cooper with 35 reps. Local hero Travis Frederick was able to lift 21 reps; a respectable amount for a center but not a high number by any means. I wouldn’t expect this to change his stock dramatically; centers are not valued based on their raw power like guards and tackles.

Name College Bench Reps
Oday Aboushi Virginia 17
Zach Allen N.C. State 32
Terron Armstead Arkansas-Pine Bluff 31
Jeff Baca UCLA -
Alvin Bailey Arkansas 27
David Bakhtiari Colorado 28
Chris Barker Nevada 29
Nick Becton Virginia Tech 19
Travis Bond North Carolina 22
Braden Brown BYU 26
Braxston Cave Notre Dame -
Emmett Cleary Boston College 24
Jonathan Cooper North Carolina 35
Jordan Devery Memphis 21
Chris Faulk LSU 25
Eric Fisher Central Michigan 27
D.J. Fluker Alabama 21
Manase Foketi West Texas A&M 25
Reid Fragel Ohio St. 33
Travis Frederick Wisconsin 21
Rodgers Gaines Tennessee St. 28
Garrett Gilkey Chadron St. 28
Tanner Hawkinson Kansas -
Eric Herman Ohio 36
Khaled Holmes USC 13
Mark Jackson Glenville St. 20
Luke Joeckel Texas A&M 27
Oscar Johnson Louisiana Tech -
Lane Johnson Oklahoma 28
T.J. Johnson South Carolina 32
Jamaal Johnson-Webb Alabama A&M 17
Barrett Jones Alabama -
Edmund Kugbila Valdosta St. 23
P.J. Lonergan LSU 25
Kyle Long Oregon -
Joe Madsen West Virginia 25
Lamar Mady Youngstown St. 35
Luke Marquardt Azusa Pacific 31
Stephane Mihim Masssachusetts -
Jordan Mills Louisiana Tech 20
Xavier Nixon Florida -
Vinston Painter Virginia Tech 32
Justin Pugh Syracuse -
David Quessenberry San Jose St. 25
Brian Schwenke California 31
Matt Stankiewitch Penn St. 27
Dallas Thomas Tennessee -
Hugh Thornton Illinois 27
J.C. Tretter Cornell 29
Ricky Wagner Wisconsin 20
Larry Warford Kentucky 28
Chance Warmack Alabama -
Earl Watford James Madison 24
Jason Weaver Southern Miss 23
John Wetzel Boston College 22
Brennan Williams North Carolina -
Brian Winters Kent St. 9

Tight Ends

As the tight end position evolves into more of a pass catching weapon the need for a high bench score has lessened. This does not mean that the score is irrelevant for these players however. The ideal tight end for many teams is one that can block and catch, so a high bench press score and a high 40 time could elevate a tight end into the first round. The two highest prospects of this year’s tight end class, Tyler Eifert and Zach Ertz, each ranked in the top three bench press reps this year with 22 and 24 reps accordingly. The tight end with the most reps though was Vance McDonald with 31 reps. Gavin Escobar, another highly touted prospect, did not lift.

Name College Bench Reps
Justice Cunningham South Carolina -
Tyler Eifert Notre Dame 22
Zach Ertz Stanford 24
Gavin Escobar San Diego St. -
Joseph Fauria UCLA 17
Matt Furstenburg Maryland 18
Chris Gragg Arkansas 18
D.C. Jefferson Rutgers 3
Nick Kasa Colorado 22
Travis Kelce Cincinnati -
Phillip Lutzenkirchen Auburn 21
Vance McDonald Rice 31
Ryan Otten San Jose St. -
Chris Pantale Boston College 17
Jordan Reed Florida 16
Mychal Rivera Tennessee 17
Dion Sims Michigan St. 22
Jake Stoneburner Ohio St. 18
Levine Toilolo Stanford 17

Other scouting combine physical measurements:

Quarterbacks| Running Backs | Tight Ends and Offensive Linemen | Wide Reciever

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