NFL Scouting Combine Drills and Records
February 21, 2011
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Drills:

40-Yard Dash Perhaps the most publicized event at the combine, each participant is given two attempts to run the 40-yard dash (commonly referred to as "the40"). Times typically range anywhere from 4.30 to 5.60. Splits are also recorded at the 10- and 20-yard intervals. This drill is most important for running backs, wide receivers and defensive backs.

Bench Press Players are tested on how many times they can bench press 225 pounds. The bench press, at a relatively low weight for NFL players, tests each player's strength and endurance. Bench press repetitions can range from zero to 45. This drill is most important for offensive and defensive linemen and linebackers.

Vertical Jump Participants stand flat-footed and reach their arms above their heads. Once this measurement is taken, the player jumps as high as he can. The player's vertical leap is measured from the initial measurement to the highest point of the participants jump. Vertical jumps typically range from 20 to 45 inches. This drill tests a player's lower body explosiveness. This drill is most important for wide receivers and defensive backs.

Broad Jump Participants stand flat-footed and jump forward as far as possible. Broad jumps typical range from 6 to 11 feet. Like the vertical jump, this drill tests the participant's lower body explosiveness. This drill is most important for wide receivers and defensive backs.

3-Cone Drill In this drill, three cones are placed in an L-shape, each five yards apart. The participant starts at the base of the L and runs around the first cone toward the final cone. He then circles around the cone at the height of the L and back to the second cone and finishes where he started. This drill tests the participant's speed in short bursts and his change-of-direction skill. This drill is equally important for all positions.

Shuttle Run In this drill, the participant starts in the center of two cones placed 10 yards apart. He sprints to his right and touches the first cone, then sprints back to the second and finishes where he started in the center. This drill tests the participant's speed in short bursts and his change-of-direction skill. This drill is equally important for all positions.

Position Drills Once the workout drills are complete, players are put through a variety of positional workouts simulating the types of drills players may do in a typical NFL practice.

The NFL does not keep official records on performances in drills at the scouting combine. Unofficial records are available since 1999.

Best 40-Yard Dash Time

Year Player Pos. School Time

2008 Chris Johnson RB East Carolina 4.24

1999 Rondel Melendez WR Eastern Kentucky 4.24

2010 Jacoby Ford WR Clemson 4.28

2005 Jerome Mathis WR Hampton 4.28

1999 Champ Bailey CB Georgia 4.28

2008 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB Tennessee State 4.29

2005 Stanford Routt CB Houston 4.29

2005 Fabian Washington CB Nebraska 4.29

1999 Jay Hinton RB Morgan State 4.29

2009 Darrius Heyward-Bey WR Maryland 4.30

2007 Yamon Figurs WR Kansas State 4.30

2005 Darrent Williams CB Oklahoma State 4.30

Most Reps on 225-Pound Bench Press

Year Player Pos. School Reps

1999 Justin Ernest DT Eastern Kentucky 51

2010 Mitch Petrus OG Arkansas 45

2006 Mike Kudla DE Ohio State 45

2000 Leif Larsen DT UTEP 45

2010 Jeff Owens DT Georgia 44

2006 Brodrick Bunkley DT Florida State 44

2005 Scott Young OG BYU 43

2007 Tank Tyler DT NC State 42

2004 Isaac Sopoaga DT Hawaii 42

2006 Terna Nande LB Miami (Ohio) 41

2004 Igor Olshansky DT Oregon 41

Highest Vertical Leap

Year Player Pos. School Height

2005 Gerald Sensabaugh DB North Carolina 46"

2005 Derek Wake LB Penn State 45"

2009 Donald Washington DB Ohio State 45"

2005 Chris McKenzie DB Arizona State 45"

2001 Chris Chambers WR Wisconsin 45"

2010 A.J. Jefferson DB Fresno State 44"

2010 Dorin Dickerson WR Pittsburgh 43"

2005 Dustin Fox DB Ohio State 43"

2001 Kevin Kasper WR Iowa 43"

1999 Jay Hinton RB Morgan State 43"

1999 Jerry Azumah RB New Hampshire 43"

Fastest 20-Yard Shuttle

Year Player Pos. School Time

2001 Kevin Kasper WR Iowa 3.73

2002 Deion Branch WR Louisville 3.76

2004 Dunta Robinson DB South Carolina 3.78

1999 Champ Bailey DB Georgia 3.79

2000 Dante Hall RB Texas A&M 3.82

2006 Jason Allen DB Tennessee 3.83

2003 Terence Newman DB Kansas State 3.83

2002 Kevin Bentley LB Northwestern 3.83

2005 Justin Beriault DB Ball State 3.84

2005 Carlos Rogers DB Auburn 3.84

2000 Troy Walters WR Stanford 3.84

Fastest 3-Cone Drill

Year Player Pos. School Time

2010 Scott Long WR Louisivlle 6.45

2000 Sedrick Curry DB Texas A&M 6.45

2000 Rogers Beckett DB Marshall 6.48

2005 Carlos Rogers DB Auburn 6.49

2007 Leon Hall DB Michigan 6.50

2002 Jon McGraw DB Kansas State 6.51

2010 Trindon Holliday WR LSU 6.54

2007 Anthony Gonzales WR Ohio State 6.54

2002 Ben Taylor LB Virginia Tech 6.56

2001 Kevin Kasper WR Iowa 6.56

Longest Broad Jump

Year Player Pos. School Distance

2005 Scott Starks DB Wisconsin 11'5"

2003 Justin Fargas RB USC 11'5"

2008 Jerome Simpson WR Coastal Carolina 11'4"

2009 Donald Washington DB Ohio State 11'3"

2008 Carl Stewart FB Auburn 11'2"

2008 Anthony Alridge RB Houston 11'2"

2009 Darius Butler DB Connecticut 11'2"

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