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2013 NFL Scouting Combine: Bench Press Recap
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This is the 2013 NFL Combine Bench Press Recap for the running backs. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

2013 NFL Combine: Bench Press Recap - Running Backs

  • The running back who put up the biggest total on the bench press was Arkansas' Knile Davis. He led the backs with an extremely impressive 31 reps. Davis (5-10, 227) needed that after measuring very small hands (8.58) on Friday. Davis' strength on the bench press could help to mitigate the fumbling concerns that normally accompany backs with small hands. Davis has had injuries in his career and a down junior season, so he needs a big Combine to help him stand out in a crowded running back class.

  • Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy (5-8, 216) was one of the most impressive backs on the bench press. Stacy illustrated that he is a dedicated weight room participant with 27 reps of 225 pounds. Stacy has the same hand size as Davis, so it helps the perception of Stacy's ball security for the NFL. There are a lot of good running backs that come out of the mid-to-late rounds, and Stacy could be one them this year.

  • North Carolina's Giovani Bernard is in contention to be the second running back selected. The 5-foot-8, 202-pounder had 19 reps on the bench press. It was a decent total that shouldn't help or hurt him. He is a shifty speed back and should excel in the field work. Bernard displays some strength as a runner at times, but he won't be a power back in the NFL.

  • Two smaller backs like Bernard had quality showings on the bench. Oregon's Kenjon Barner (5-9, 196) and Rutgers' Jawan Jamison (5-7, 203) each had 20 reps of 225 pounds. It was especially impressive for Barner, who was a speed back in college. If he runs as well as he is projected, Barner could send a jolt into his draft stock with one of the top overall combine performances among the running backs.

  • The running back who had the most disappointing showing on the bench press was Wisconsin running back Montee Ball. He tied for the lowest total of any running back with 15 reps. Some slot Ball as an early-round pick and one of the top backs in the draft, but it is widely know that Ball doesn't project to be a speed back in the NFL. Ball needs to make up for it with strength, so his last-place finish on the bench is harmful for his draft stock.

  • There were a few other running backs who stood out well with quality showings on the bench press. Miami's Mike James had 28 reps that was second only to Davis. Texas A&M's Christine Michael had 27 reps on the bench. The 5-10, 220-pound Michael is a physical specimen. LSU's Michael Ford had 25 reps and Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell had 24 reps. They rounded out the top five among the running backs.

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    Faheem 01-03-2014 11:32 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Deni 01-02-2014 07:18 am (total posts: 1)
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    Tommy Bohannan 02-28-2013 06:34 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Salim, I'm a fullback! Me STRONG! Me no run fast though..., but me hit HARD!
    Funk 02-25-2013 02:46 pm (total posts: 1)
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    That the "unofficial" times are so misleading is ridiculous. Why even have them anymore if they will be almost 1/10th of a second off?
    YaBoy 02-25-2013 10:40 am (total posts: 1)
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    No Zac Stacy? everyone over looks him for the most part check his number and they match up pretty close to Doug Martin last year, not to mention Stacy has great stats in the SEC, someone is going to get a late round steal kids a beast
    Nycsportzfan3 02-24-2013 08:52 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Are u kidding, no Kerwynn Williams? he had a very good combine and certainly helped his stock.. He was singled out positivley from Charles Davis along the way..

    I can't believe u didn't have williams on this list...
    Andre Ellington 02-24-2013 08:18 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Sucks that I couldn't participate in other drills. That's not my real 40 guys, I felt something at about the 30 line.
    Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas 02-24-2013 08:05 pm (total posts: 1)
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    OK, I'll admit Knile Davis RB from Arkansas has some small hands, but every other thing he did at the combine was amazing! 4.37 40 time, 1.49 10 sec split, and while having a 31 bench press for a running back seems pointless, it will def help him hold onto the ball and be very successful as a blocker! I wouldn't be surprised if someone doesn't take a chance on him in the late second round, even with his injury history. He had a great combine!
    Poopy McCorrectpants 02-24-2013 04:33 pm (total posts: 1)
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    McCaleb's time was a full tenth of a second slower than Chris Johnson. 4.21 was his unofficial time. Being that he only weighs 168, and that his frame is slight, he doesn't have much of a future in the NFL.
    Nick K. 02-24-2013 04:27 pm (total posts: 1)
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    @Salim Shaikh - Because Tommy Bohanon had 36 reps? Thats probably why.
    Funk 02-24-2013 03:40 pm (total posts: 2)
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    That kid just earned himself an Adidas contract. I wonder if he even knows?
    Funk 02-24-2013 03:38 pm (total posts: 2)
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    Onterio McCalebb breaks CJ2K's record with a 4.21-40...Hot damn.
    Rick 02-24-2013 12:45 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Mat is right about the bench and running backs, a better test would be a squat test, that'd really show who the power backs are. But I still don't get how all these Wisconsin maulers aren't putting up good strength numbers.
    Mat 02-24-2013 05:48 am (total posts: 1)
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    People need to get it through their skulls that bench press is a WEAK indicator of a backs power or strength. A thick lower body, balance, and leg drive are better indicators of strength.

    Ball's stock is not going to fall.
    Salim Shaikh 02-24-2013 02:30 am (total posts: 1)
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    You list Tommy Bohanon as having 36 reps. What's the deal?

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