Running back bench press results at Combine

While the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine officially kicked off on Tuesday, the first group of players won’t actually see the football field for drills and other workouts until Friday. But the first arrivals — which included offensive linemen and running backs — did take to the weight room for the bench press on Thursday. Special teams players, who also arrived with the first group, did not take part in the drill.

Running back is a position where raw strength can matter quite a bit for power backs and when it comes to blocking and leverage. Rookie running backs can usually pick up a running game quickly, but the usual biggest issue for a running back hoping to see the field early is whether or not he can hold his own in pass protection.

The bench press isn’t the be-all, end-all for this category, but it certainly helps. This year, a handful of players hit 20 reps of 225 pounds, with two fullbacks — Dan Vitale of Northwestern and Andy Janovich of Nebraska — hitting 30 reps apiece.

Among running backs, Keith Marshall of Georgia led the way with 25 reps. Ezekiel Elliott, considered one of the top backs in this year’s draft, did not participate in the bench press.

Derrick Henry of Alabama, widely considered the next-best behind Elliott, put up a respectable 22 reps.

Name School Height Weight Bench Press (reps at 225 lbs)
Peyton Barber Auburn 5’10 228 20
Devontae Booker Utah 5’11 219 22
Tra Carson Texas A&M 5’11 227 19
Alex Collins Arkansas 5’10 217 18
Marshaun Coprich Illinois State 5’8 207 17
Kenneth Dixon Louisiana Tech 5’10 215 18
Kenyan Drake Alabama 6’1 210 10
Ezekiel Elliott Ohio State 6’0 225
Tyler Ervin San Jose State 5’10 192 17
Josh Ferguson Illinois 5’9 198 21
Glenn Gronkowski Kansas State 6’2 239 17
Derrick ¬†Henry Alabama 6’2 247 22
Quayvon Hicks Georgia 6’1 259
Jordan Howard Indiana 6’0 230 16
Andy Janovich Nebraska 6’1 238 30
Devon Johnson Marshall 6’0 238
Daniel Lasco California 6’0 209 23
Tre Madden Southern Cal 6’0 223 24
Keith Marshall Georgia 5’11 219 25
Paul Perkins UCLA 5’10 208 19
CJ Prosise Notre Dame 6’0 220
Wendell Smallwood West Virginia 5’10 208 14
Kelvin Taylor Florida 5’10 207 15
Shad Thornton North Carolina State 6’0 217 12
Soma Vainuku Southern Cal 5’11 246 26
Dan Vitale Northwestern 6’1 239 30
DeAndre Washington Texas Tech 5’8 204 24
Brandon Wilds South Carolina 6’1 220 21
Jonathan Williams Arkansas 5’11 220 16
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