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2012 NFL Scouting Combine: Bench Press Recap


2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Prospects - Weigh-Ins and 40 Times:
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2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Workout Analysis:
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2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Bench Press Analysis:
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2012 NFL Combine: Bench Press Recap - Running Backs

  • Alabama running back Trent Richardson (5-9, 228) did not participate after having minor knee surgery in January.

  • Boise State running back Doug Martin is a physical specimen. Looking at his physique, it is evident that he spends a lot of time in the weight room. Thus, it wasn't surprising that Martin (5-9, 223) put up an impressive total of 28 reps on the bench press to tie for the lead with running backs. Martin should run well and solidify his stock as a second-day pick.

  • The high score of 28 was matched by Utah State early entry Robert Turbin. The 5-foot-10, 222-pounder is a powerful back who looks like a mid-Day 3 selection. Turbin needs a strong Combine to help him standout over the other running back prospects.



  • Wisconsin fullback Bradie Ewing had the most disappointing performance of any player in the running back group. Ewing (6-0, 239) recorded only 14 reps on the bench press, the lowest total of any running back prospect that participated. That is half of what Martin or Turbin totaled. As a fullback with more weight, Ewing should have a better output than 14. Fullbacks can have a hard time getting drafted, and Ewing hurt his cause.

  • Considering that Florida running back Chris Rainey is 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds, it is somewhat impressive that he was able to reach 16 reps on the bench press. If Rainey has a superb Combine, that will help him, but with well-founded durability concerns, he could fall into the undrafted ranks like small backs Derrick Locke and Noel Devine did in 2011.

  • Like Rainey, Oregon running back LaMichael James (5-8, 194) had a decent total with 15 reps on the bench press. James has the same size and durability concerns as Rainey, but not to the same degree. James looks like a second-day pick. He needs to run well in the 40-yard dash to confirm his speed.



  • Tennessee running back Tauren Poole had an strong performance with 24 reps. Poole (5-10, 205) is not a big back but displayed some nice strength on the bench press. He had a good week at the East-West Shrine as well.

  • Temple running back Bernard Pierce (6-0, 218) had a disappointing total of 17 reps on the bench press. That was only one rep better than Rainey, whom Pierce outweighs by almost 40 pounds. Pierce is a tough between-the-tackles runner, so one would think that he would have posted a better number.

  • A lot of running back prospects decided not to do the bench press. That group included: Miami's Lamar Miller, Baylor's Terrance Ganaway, Cincinnati's Isaiah Pead, Washgington's Chris Polk and Virginia Tech's David Wilson. Ganaway's decision was because of an injury.



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    2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Prospects - Weigh-Ins and 40 Times:
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    2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Stock Report:
    QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB

    2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Workout Analysis:
    QB | RB | WR | OL & TE | DL & LB | DB

    2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Bench Press Analysis:
    RB | OL & TE | DL & LB | DB

    2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine Weigh-In Analysis:
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    NFL Bound 03-08-2013 01:38 pm xxx.xxx.xxx33.3 (total posts: 2)
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    I'm a freshman at McKinley Senior High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I bench press 295 lbs, squat 415, power clean 235, and i run a 4.68/40. Am i above average for a freshman or could i do better.?
    NFL Bound 03-08-2013 01:34 pm xxx.xxx.xxx33.3 (total posts: 2)
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    Trent Richardson is the best of all hands down and i could care less about what anyone else has to say about this.
    Quincy_the_Sheep 02-26-2012 11:36 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.79 (total posts: 1)
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    @ Mothman
    When Emmitt ran his 4.6, the league was quite a bit smaller and slower than it is today. You are right in the fact that game speed and speed are two different things, but Emmitt's 4.6 was relatively fast at the time.
    And @ Walt and Johnny, if AP fell to the second round, don't you think there would be some sort of crazy red flag? Regardless, RB's should take a hit on most teams' big boards. For example, let's look at the Giants. Although this site has Richardson at #6 on the Big Board, Reese probably has Richardson considerably lower because of the lack of positional value. HOWEVER, if Richardson magically falls to 32, he would probably be the best prospect available, and Reese would probably pull the trigger. Now if you NEED an RB, there is no reason to intend to draft one in the fist two and a half rounds, but when AP falls to 7 when he was one of the best three prospects in the entire draft...
    raw 02-26-2012 10:36 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.214 (total posts: 1)
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    Turbin reminds me of a young Michael Turner, before he got slow and chubby in Atlanta.

    Cyrus Gray impressed me more than any RB today. I knew James, Wilson, Miller and Rainey were track-star fast. I knew Doug Martin was a beast in every facet of life. I've always been a big fan of Gray, but he got outperformed by Christine Michael this year at aTm. Looks like a good 1/2 of a tandem for some team in the mid rounds.
    Nate 02-26-2012 10:29 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.241 (total posts: 1)
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    I would love for Jets to draft the next Maurice jones-drew Doug Martin
    Mothman 02-26-2012 09:09 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.216 (total posts: 1)
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    @Cal

    Emmitt Smith ran a 4.6 in the 40.

    There's a massive difference between game speed and 40 speed.
    Cal 02-26-2012 07:40 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.30 (total posts: 1)
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    I think this whole official time thing is a load of bs. There is no way lamichael James ran a 4.5
    Jack 02-26-2012 04:07 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.216 (total posts: 1)
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    @Vince, in no way is LeSean McCoy the best RB in the NFL.
    Texasborn 02-26-2012 03:47 pm xxx.xxx.xxx76.8 (total posts: 1)
    18     20

    Doug Martin is lk 6 inches shorter??
    DH 02-26-2012 01:58 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.183 (total posts: 1)
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    I really think Doug Martin could be the next Matt Forte.
    Walter 02-26-2012 11:09 am xxx.xxx.xxx4.88 (total posts: 1)
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    Don't get that, Johnny. Would you pass on Adrian Peterson in the 2nd round by that thinking?
    Johnny 02-25-2012 06:04 am xxx.xxx.xxx.126 (total posts: 1)
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    There's no way I'd ever draft a RB earlier then 3rd round, it's a position of total non-value, they're so injury prone and so easy to find that it makes no sense to draft them early.
    Jesse 02-24-2012 07:46 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.204 (total posts: 1)
    26     19

    Most NFL fullbacks are significantly lighter than 251 pounds? Definitely shorter than 6'5", but 240-250 pounds is just about right for a fullback (and maybe even a little light for one who's so tall).
    Vince 02-24-2012 06:51 pm xxx.xxx.xxx3.99 (total posts: 1)
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    First of all, Hillman put on ten pounds after the season (after putting on fifteen after his freshman year) so he's quite clearly capable of adding bulk. Second of all, he's incredible fast and nimble, and played some receiver in high school, so his times and drills should all look great. Third of all, even with a poor combine, he'd fall no lower than the fifth round. FOURTH of all, LeSean McCoy at the combine was 198 pounds, then ran a 4.50 at his PRO DAY. Now he's the best running back in the NFL. Hillman will be fine.




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