2015 NFL Combine Bench Press Analysis: Defensive Linemen

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This is the 2015 NFL Combine Bench Press Recap for the defensive linemen. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.



2015 NFL Combine: Bench Press Analysis – Defensive Linemen

By Charlie Campbell – @draftcampbell


Defensive Linemen Bench Press Analysis:

  • USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams is in the running to be selected in the first few picks of the first round, but he did not participate in the bench press at the Combine.

  • After Williams, the next defensive lineman to get drafted is likely to be Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton. The 6-foot-2, 339-pound Shelton cranked out 34 reps on the bench press. That tied Shelton for second to only Northwestern State’s Deon Simon, who had 35. Shelton’s total of 34 was one off from Aaron Donald’s total of 35 last year and two away from 2014’s leader Kaleb Ramsey from Boston College.

  • Auburn defensive tackle Gabe Wright (6-3, 300) is known as more of a speedy tackle, but he showed some power in the weight room with 34 reps. That is an impressive total from Wright, and it illustrates that his weight increase from playing in the 280s was gained correctly.



  • Missouri outside linebacker/defensive end Shane Ray had 21 reps on the bench press. Ray (6-4, 245) is smaller, so that isn’t horrible, but it isn’t impressive either.

  • Oklahoma nose tackle Jordan Phillips has long arms, and that is a disadvantage in the bench press. Phillips (6-5, 329) had 28 reps, which is a solid performance.

  • Florida State defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. (6-3, 279) showed about 15 pounds lighter than his listed weight, but he displayed some nice strength as he churned out 32 reps on the bench press. With his speed and athleticism, Edwards could be a workout warrior from this year’s class.



  • LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter (6-5, 252) is undersized, but he showed respectable strength for his weight with 25 reps on the bench press. Considering Hunter is lighter, he could end up running one of the faster times and being a Combine stand out.

  • Stanford defensive tackle David Parry (6-1, 308) was one of the best players at the East-West Shrine, and he continued his strong postseason at the Combine. Parry totaled 34 reps on the bench press to illustrate his strength. Parry is a sleeper who could be a nice value pick.

  • Several good prospects did not bench. That group included Florida State’s Eddie Goldman, Missouri’s Markus Golden, Utah’s Nate Orchard, Iowa’s Carl Davis, Ohio State’s Michael Bennett and Stanford’s Henry Anderson.







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