Tag:Bench Press
Posted on: February 25, 2012 11:41 am
Edited on: February 25, 2012 11:44 am
 

Iowa OT Zusevics tears pec doing bench press

Iowa offensive tackle Markus Zusevics tore his left pectoral muscle while performing in the bench press drills in front of NFL scouts Friday at the 2012 Scouting Combine. 

The injury will require surgery, according to NFL.com's Steve Wyche, and unfortunately ends his Combine prematurely. Even worse, it may put into question his ability to play as a rookie. 

While Seattle Seahawks' quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was able to throw passes this past season with a torn pectoral, his injury did not require surgery, according to Seahawks' head coach Pete Carroll. On the flip-side, Houston Texans' pass rusher Mario Williams' torn pectoral last season did require surgery and knocked him out for the remainder of the 2011 season. He suffered the injury in the Texans' Week Five loss to the Oakland Raiders, October 9. 

Zusevics (pronounced ZOOZ-uh-vicks) had been rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 15 offensive tackle for the 2012 draft and a possible 5th round prospect. The injury, however, very much clouds his status.    

For the remainder of the prospects' bench press results, you can click here.  
Posted on: February 25, 2012 11:07 am
 

Keep OT Adams, C Konz bench press in perspective

One of the more eagerly anticipated workouts of the Scouting Combine each year occurs when the offensive (and defensive) linemen perform in the bench press drill. This is not a test measured to test a player's maximum bench press but rather their strength and conditioning. Athletes are asked to lift 225 pounds as many times as possible without stopping. 

While scouts would love to see every offensive lineman lift the bar 30 times or more at the Combine, the reality is there is a significant difference in the strength required for different offensive line positions. Those athletes with enough size, foot quickness and balance to play left tackle in the NFL, for example, don't necessarily need as much upper body strength as the other offensive linemen - especially interior linemen. 

Due to this fact, the relatively low number posted by Ohio State tackle Mike Adams (19) isn't necessarily a critical blow to his draft stock if a team feels that he has the athleticism to handle remaining at left tackle in the NFL. If he was to make the move to right tackle (where I believe he fits best), the number is a bit troubling. Traditionally, left defensive ends (who line up opposite right tackles) are the stronger, stouter versions of their more explosive pass rushing specialist right defensive ends -- at least for the 4-3 defense. Also, because of Adams' long arms (33 3/4") his football strength isn't necessarily indicated by weight room numbers. Remember, three offensive tackles drafted in the first round last year -- Nate Solder (21), James Carpenter (23) and Derek Sherrod (23) -- posted similar totals at the 2011 Combine. Adams, by the way, is currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4 rated offensive tackle.

Frankly, I'm more concerned with Wisconsin center Peter Konz's 18 repetitions of 225 pounds, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated center prospect for the 2012 draft. Now, to be fair to Konz, he too has long arms (33") but considering that he'll be playing in the trenches, the relative lack of strength is a potentially significant concern. Konz's size and athleticism is intriguing enough that some teams view him as a better fit at guard in the NFL. Regardless of playing center or guard, the strength of interior linemen is very important when projecting their success at the next level. No interior lineman drafted in the first two rounds since 2005 posted less than 22 reps of 225 pounds at the Combine. By comparison, the past two centers to get drafted in the first round -- Maurkice Pouncey (2010) and Mike Pouncey (2011) lifted the bar 25 and 24 times, respectively, during their Pro Days. 
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:17 pm
 

Clemson TE Allen impresses at podium; bench press

Clemson redshirt junior Dwayne Allen is NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated tight end for the 2012 draft. He's likely to remain in that position after posting an impressive 27 reps in the bench press Friday and measuring in at a solid 6-3 (6031) and 255 pounds. 

The 27 reps would have tied Allen with Luke Stocker and Charlie Gantt as the position leader in 2011.

Allen talked about his role in Clemson's offense. He was moved around a great deal in their offense, seeing time out wide, in the slot, at the traditional tight end position and playing behind the offensive tackle in a role Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris pegged as the "sniffer" position. 

"Coach Morris told me before the season that in his offense I could become the most versatile tight end in the country," Allen told me.  "In winning the Mackey Award, I think I proved just that."

Allen is planning to participate fully in the Combine, which could help him distance himself from Stanford's Coby Fleener, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 rated tight end, who won't be able to workout in Indianapolis due to a high ankle sprain. 

"I decided to just come out here and have fun," Allen said. "A lot of other guys are pulling out because of injuries and other reasons. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I dreamed about coming to the combine and competing, so now that the opportunity is here, nothing is going to hold me back.”
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:17 pm
 

Clemson TE Allen impresses at podium; bench press

Clemson redshirt junior Dwayne Allen is NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated tight end for the 2012 draft. He's likely to remain in that position after posting an impressive 27 reps in the bench press Friday and measuring in at a solid 6-3 (6031) and 255 pounds. 

The 27 reps would have tied Allen with Luke Stocker and Charlie Gantt as the position leader in 2011.

Allen talked about his role in Clemson's offense. He was moved around a great deal in their offense, seeing time out wide, in the slot, at the traditional tight end position and playing behind the offensive tackle in a role Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris pegged as the "sniffer" position. 

"Coach Morris told me before the season that in his offense I could become the most versatile tight end in the country," Allen told me.  "In winning the Mackey Award, I think I proved just that."

Allen is planning to participate fully in the Combine, which could help him distance himself from Stanford's Coby Fleener, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 rated tight end, who won't be able to workout in Indianapolis due to a high ankle sprain. 

"I decided to just come out here and have fun," Allen said. "A lot of other guys are pulling out because of injuries and other reasons. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I dreamed about coming to the combine and competing, so now that the opportunity is here, nothing is going to hold me back.”
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:12 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 12:49 pm
 

Combine Results: Bench Press

225-Pound Bench Press
Check back here for updating results throughout the Combine
N/A = Prospects who didn't lift at the Combine

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
Malik Jackson, Tennessee - 25
Jaye Howard, Florida - 24
Billy Winn, Boise St. - 24
Justin Francis, Rutgers - 23
Bruce Irvin, West Virginia - 23
Brandon Lindsey, Pitt - 23
Chandler Jones, Syracuse - 22
Jamaar Jarrett, Arizona State - 21
Rennie Moore, Clemson - 21
Jacquies Smith, Missouri - 21
J.R. Sweezy, N.C. State - 21
Jonathan Massaquoi, Troy - 20           
Chas Alecxih, Pitt - 19
Michael Brockers, LSU - 19
Shea McClellin, Boise St. - 19
  
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
David Molk, Michigan - 41
David DeCastro, Stanford - 34 
Justin Anderson, Georgia - 32 
Tony Bergstrom, Utah - 32 
Ryan Miller, Colorado - 32 
Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State - 32
Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin - 32
Cordy Glenn, Georgia - 31
Johnnie Troutman, Penn State - 31
Matt Kalil, USC - 30
Ronald Leary, Memphis - 30   
Brandon Mosley, Auburn - 30 
Michael Brewster, Ohio State - 29 
Ben Jones, Georgia - 29 
Josh Leribeus, SMU - 29
Dustin Waldron, Portland State - 29
Zebrie Sanders, Florida State - 28
Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State - 28
Brandon Washington, Miami - 28
Desmond Wynn, Rutgers - 28
Jeff Allen, Illinois, 26 
Joe Looney, Wake Forest - 26
Quintin Saulsberry, Mississippi State - 26
Paul Cornick, North Dakota St. - 25 
Garth Gerhart, Arizona State - 25
Matt Reynolds, BYU - 25 
James Brown, Troy - 24 
Mark Asper, Oregon - 23 
John Cullen, Utah - 23
Riley Reiff, Iowa - 23
Mitchell Schwartz, California - 23
Philip Blake, Baylor - 22 
Lamar Holmes, Southern Miss - 22   
Rishaw Johnson, California (PA) - 22
Bobby Massie, Mississippi - 22
Josh Oglesby, Wisconsin - 22
Nate Potter, Boise State - 22
Senio Kelemete, Washington - 21
Tom Compton, South Dakota - 20 
Mike Adams, Ohio State - 19
Kelvin Beachum, SMU - 19 
Antoine Mcclain, Clemson - 19
Donald Stephenson, Oklahoma - 19
Taylor Dever, Notre Dame - 18 
Peter Konz, Wisconsin - 18 (Keep Konz bench press in perspective)
Matt McCants, Alabama-Birmingham - 17
Andrew Tiller, Syracuse - 16
Marcel Jones, Nebraska - 13 
Andrew Datko, Florida State - N/A
Adam Gettis, Iowa - N/A  
Jonathan Martin, Stanford - N/A 
Lucas Nix, Pittsburgh - N/A
Rokevious Watkins, South Carolina - N/A 
Markus Zusevics, Iowa - N/A 

TIGHT ENDS    
Orson Charles, Georgia - 35
Dwayne Allen, Clemson - 27 
Coby Fleener, Stanford - 27
James Hanna, Oklahoma - 24 
Drake Dunsmore, Northwestern - 21
Michael Egnew, Missouri - 21 
David Paulson, LSU - 21
Emil Igwenagu, Massachusetta - 19
Deangelo Peterson, LSU - 18
Evan Rodriguez, Temple - 18
Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette - 16
Cory Harkey, UCLA - 13 
Beau Reliford, Florida State - N/A     
Nick Provo, Syracuse - N/A

RUNNING BACKS
Doug Martin, Boise State - 28
Robert Turbin, Utah St. - 28  
Jewel Hampton, Southern Illinois - 26
Tauren Poole, Tennessee - 24
Vick Ballard, Mississippi St. - 24
Davin Meggett, Maryland -23
Dan Herron, Ohio State - 22
Mike Ball, Nevada - 21
Brandon Bolden, Ole Miss - 21
Lennon Creer, Louisiana Tech - 21
Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M - 21
Edwin Baker, Michigan State - 20
Jonas Gray, Notre Dame - 20
Fozzy Whittaker, Texas - 20
Marc Tyler, USC - 19
Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State - 17
Bernard Pierce, Temple - 17
Alfred Morris, FAU - 16
Chris Rainey, Florida - 16
LaMichael James, Oregon - 15
Bradie Ewing, Wisconsin - 14
Terrance Ganaway, Baylor - N/A 
Lamar Miller, Miami - N/A
Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati - N/A
Chris Polk, Washington - N/A  
Darrell Scott, South Florida - N/A
David Wilson, Virginia Tech - N/A   

QUARTERBACKS
Jordan Jefferson, LSU - 14
Darron Thomas, Oregon 14
Robert Grifin III, Baylor - N/A
Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois - N/A
Jacory Harris, Miami - N/A
Case Keenum, Houston - N/A
Ryan Lindley, San Diego State - N/A
Andre Luck, Stanford - N/A
Kellen Moore, Boise State - N/A
Brock Osweiler, Arizona State - N/A
Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M - N/A
Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State - N/A
Russell Wilson, Wisconsin - N/A
Patrick Witt, Yale - N/A      

WIDE RECEIVERS
Derek Moye, Penn State - 10
T.J. Graham, N.C. State - 8     

 
 
 
 
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