FanPost

Some info on combine #s

I'm a strength and conditioning coach for athletes at a high school. However,  I worked with pro, Olympic and collegiate ones, and I wanted to share some things. I know a lot of you will still gush over combine heroes, but take this for what it's worth.

 

 

Bench Press Test: After about15 reps or less than 70% of a max, the lift becomes a strength ENDURANCE test, not a test of absolute (brute) strength. For an example, my training partner can bench 455 lbs, but could only bench 225 about 24 times. My best bench press is 355 (raw) lbs and I could rep out 23-24 on any given day. Who was stronger? The truth is, I have better lb for lb endurance, but my partner is much stronger. This test really ticks me off because it's actually the most USELESS in telling anything about an athlete!

 

Secondly, the best test of strength isn't a bench press despite what people think. In just about all sports movments the power is coming from the hips. A better test should be a max set of 1-5 reps on the squat and/or deadlift.

The 40 yard dash: As discussed before this is MOSTLY technique. The starting technique is critical. I have seen people improve their 40 time TEN FOLD by just improving technique.

You know what else? Football players VERY RARELY go over 40 yards. It's like testing out a 100M sprinters 400M time. It's useless.

 

The Shuttle: Again, this is all technique too.

 

Vertical Jump: This is a lot of technique too but out of all the tests the jumps might be the most telling. Generally, the higher the jump, the more explosive one is. In fact, one of the exercises I and many other strength coaches uses to get a player more explosive is improving different kind of jumping variations such as box jumps. Still, it is technique and nowhere in football does a player do a straight up vertical jump or broad  jump.

Like I have previously mentioned many players now a days are practicing this stuff in HIGH SCHOOL knowing that s trong combine outing could be the difference between millions of dollars. A really productive college player who produces well at the combine can sky rocket their draft status and sometimes it works out... Other times the team who drafted them gets duped... Beware of the combine #s, they're not a good test of predictability.

 

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bleeding Green Nation

You must be a member of Bleeding Green Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bleeding Green Nation. You should read them.

Join Bleeding Green Nation

You must be a member of Bleeding Green Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bleeding Green Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker