2014 NFL Combine Bench Press Analysis: Linebackers



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This is the 2014 NFL Combine Bench Press Analysis for the linebackers. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.


2014 NFL Combine: Bench Press Analysis - Linebackers
By Charlie Campbell - @draftcampbell

  • Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack has been getting a steady flow of positive press, and he had a solid showing in the bench press with 23 reps. If Mack runs well and shows off nice athleticism, he should lock up a spot in the top-six picks.

  • The most shocking and disappointing bench press total among the linebackers came from UCLA's Anthony Barr, who is in the running to be the first linebacker selected and a top-10 pick. Barr (6-5, 255) had the lowest total with only 15 reps. He isn't a power player, but he does need to show more strength at his pro day.

  • Wisconsin middle linebacker Chris Borland (5-11, 248) showed nice strength with 27 reps. He isn't tall and has short arms. Borland's lack of length works against him in pass coverage, but it helped him on the bench press.



  • The two best totals from the linebackers came from Michigan State's Max Bullough (6-3, 249) and California's Khairi Fortt (6-2, 248) with 30 reps. Those are impressive totals that illustrate both players as being dedicated to the weight room.

  • Stanford outside linebacker Trent Murphy (6-5, 250) had a disappointing total of 19 reps. He should fill out his frame with more strength for the NFL.

  • Another linebacker who disappointed was Connecticut's Yawin Smallwood. The 6-foot-2, 246-pounder recorded only 18 reps on the bench press. It was somewhat surprising because Connecticut has produced some Combine stars in recent years.



  • Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier is a fringe first-rounder, and he showed some strength with 25 reps. Shazier (6-1, 237) is speedy linebacker, so illustrating some developing strength will only serve to help him.

  • A lot of notable linebackers didn't participate in the bench press. That group included Florida State's Christian Jones, Stanford's Shayne Skov, Alabama's C.J. Mosley, Alabama's Adrian Hubbard and Georgia Tech's Jeremiah Attaochu.



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