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Posted Feb. 21, 2009
Don't Stress the Press
It is a very common thing for us as draftniks to overanalyze the draft process.
We see a wide receiver drop an easy pass, and we might drop him on our big board from 78 to 83. A great 40 time even when expected can increase your draft stock on message boards.
I think when it comes to the bench press, we really start to nitpick and overanalyze what is going on.
Michael Oher puts up 21 and Eugene Monroe puts up 23 - not impressive in our eyes. Meanwhile, Jason Smith kills the bench press with 33 reps, and all of a sudden he is the top tackle in the draft in your eyes.
However, last year, a rookie should have been elected to the All-Pro team despite only putting up 24 reps on the bench press in Indianapolis at the Combine.
His name is Ryan Clady. Clady dominated in the NFL last season because of his elite feet, hand use, flexibility, fluid hips, awareness and great size. He was strong enough to only give up half a sack against the likes of very good pass-rushers in Gaines Adams, John Abraham, Jerry Porter, Calvin Pace and Julius Peppers.
Hmmm... looks like the bench press is being a little overrated if you ask me. There is more to playing football and being an elite left tackle than how strong your back and arms are. I mean, if this was the case, Tony Mandarich would not have been one of the biggest busts in the history of the NFL Draft.
You will see people scrutinizing every little thing on NFL Draft message boards. Tell yourself not to buy into it. Remember what you saw in games because when you get down to it, you have to play football - and no one is doing that right now, other than Michael Vick at all-time quarterback, two-hand touch games in the yard.