This is the 2013 NFL Combine Bench Press Recap for the tight ends. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.
2013 NFL Combine: Bench Press Recap - Tight Ends
Rice's Vance McDonald was the best tight end in the bench press. He notched a staggering total of 31 reps. McDonald also has the second-longest arms of any tight end at 34 3/8 inches. The 6-foot-4, 267-pounder looks like he is well on his way to being a combine star.
The second-highest total came from Stanford tight end Zach Ertz. The Cardinal stand out had 24 reps on the bench press, though he was aided by having short arms (31 3/4). Ertz (6-5, 249) was a good blocker in college, so this strength is not a complete surprise. Still, it was a good total for Ertz as he was second to only McDonald.
Most have Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert as the No. 1-rated tight end in the draft. Eifert (6-6, 250) did well with 22 reps on the bench press. As a senior, Eifert really improved his blocking, and that added strength was on display with a quality bench press total.
Two heavy tight ends had the same total on the bench press. Colorado's Nick Kasa (22 reps) and Michigan State's Dion Sims (22 reps) tied Eifert for the third-largest total on the bench press. Kasa (6-6, 269) and Sims (6-5, 262) both have blocking potential, and their respectable showing on the bench press illustrates that.
Three lower bench press totals weren't surprising. Florida's Jordan Reed (16 reps), Stanford's Levine Toilolo (17 reps) and UCLA's Joseph Fauria (17 reps) would not be expected to produce big totals. Reed (6-2, 236) is a smaller receiving tight end, while Toilolo (6-8, 260) and Fauria (6-7, 259) are lanky tight ends. All three need to add power to be effective blockers in the NFL.
It looks like a mistake, but Rutgers tight end D.C. Jefferson had only three reps on the bench press. Unfortunately, he was injured during the procedure and had to go to the hospital. It's a tough break for a borderline draftable prospect.
McDowell is a great pick by the Seahawks. He has tons of talent and upside. McDowell is very fast, naturally strong, and extremely athletic. If Pete Carroll can get the best out of him then Seattle could have a massive steal.