Skill players flash some strength in bench press

INDIANAPOLIS — Sunday is the marquee day for on-field workouts, with quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers scheduled to take their turn through the NFL Scouting Combine car wash.

But before they run 40-yard dashes and sprint around cones, they visited Cardinals strength coach John Lott in the weight room Saturday to bench-press 225 pounds as many times as they could. Here’s how they did:

LSU’s Jordan Jefferson and Oregon’s Darron Thomas were the only signal-callers to attempt the bench press, each throwing up the weight 14 times. Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler won’t participate in any drills, he said, because of a sprained foot.

Top running backs
Doug Martin, Boise State: 28 reps
Robert Turbin, Utah State: 28
Jewel Hampton, Southern Illinois: 26
Tauren Poole, Tennessee: 24
Vick Ballard, Mississippi State: 23
Devin Meggett, Maryland: 23

Top wide receivers
Jerrell Jackson, Missouri: 22 reps
Marv Jones, California: 22
Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma: 21
Junior Hemingway, Michigan: 21
Rishard Matthews, Nevada: 20

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