NFL Draft Odds – Strongest Offensive Draft Prospects

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When it comes to the big guys — the powerful guys — on the offensive side of the ball, nothing measures brute strength like the bench press. With the NFL Combine not taking place because of COVID-19 and the travel complications it produced, these measurements were conducted solely in on-campus pro-day settings.

So how do the offensive athletes at the top of the BetMGM NFL Draft betting odds stack up in the bench press? Who was the most powerful this spring in the hundreds of pro days held all over the country? We take a look below at the offensive linemen, tight ends, and running backs, listed by how they rank in the NFL Draft odds to be the first pick taken at their respective positions.

Why only offensive linemen, tight ends, and running backs?

For offensive linemen, this measurement is way more important than the 40-yard dash. For a tight end, it’s not as critical to put up lineman-like numbers, but it can help make the case for a promising TE prospect. And for running backs, it shows how powerful a runner you are.

On the flip side, quarterbacks rarely do the bench press because they don’t want to injure their upper body before throwing drills, which take precedence over all of the measurables. And for wide receivers, the bench isn’t critical, though they do usually test for it.

The chosen weight to lift is 225 pounds, and the athlete completes as many repetitions as possible. The reason lifters are not measured on their top one-time lift total is to help prevent injuries that might hamper the participant for the rest of the day.

Lastly, when it comes to the rankings, we use DraftScout.com, a service NFL scouts use for data.

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The Bench Press  – By Offensive Position

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Offensive Linemen

Bench Press — Measured in how many repetitions an athlete can lift 225 pounds

TOP COMBINE PERFORMANCE SINCE 1999 (number of reps)

45 — Mitch Petrus, Arkansas (Guard: 2010 – Drafted 5th round)

41 — David Molk, Michigan (Center: 2012 – Drafted 7th round)

40 — Zach Piller, Florida (Tackle: 1999 – Drafted 3rd round)

TOP PRO DAY PERFORMANCES – 2021 (number of reps)

36 — Three (Syrus Tuitele, Fresno St; Samuel Cosmi, Texas; Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma St.)

35 — Two (Sadarius Hutcherson, South Carolina; Samuel Cooper, Merrimack)

34 — Landon Young, Kentucky


TOP OL PROSPECTS (by BetMGM odds)

Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

ODDS OF FIRST OL PICKED: -500

PRO DAY REPS: 30 times

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 1st round (No. 2 overall)

Rashawn Slater, OG, Northwestern

ODDS OF FIRST OL PICKED: +250

PRO DAY REPS: 33 times

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 1st round (No. 9 overall)

Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

ODDS OF FIRST OL PICKED: +2500

PRO DAY REPS: Did Not Lift (recent back surgery)

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 1st round (No. 13 overall)

Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG, Southern Cal

ODDS OF FIRST OL PICKED: +3500

PRO DAY REPS: 32 times

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 1st round (No. 21 overall)

Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame

ODDS OF FIRST OL PICKED: +5000

PRO DAY REPS: 33 times

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 1st or 2nd round (No. 38 overall)

Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

ODDS OF FIRST OL PICKED: +5000

PRO DAY REPS: 36 times

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 1st or 2nd round (No. 32 overall)

Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas

ODDS OF FIRST OL PICKED: +10000

PRO DAY REPS: 36 times

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 2nd round (No. 49 overall)

Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan

ODDS OF FIRST OL PICKED: +10000

PRO DAY REPS: Did Not Lift (choice)

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 2nd round (No. 58 overall)

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Tight Ends

TOP COMBINE PERFORMANCE SINCE 1999 (number of reps)

35 — Orson Charles, Georgia (2012 – Drafted 4th round)

35 — Joe Don Duncan, Dixie State (2014 – free agent, Broncos – never played)

TOP PRO DAY PERFORMANCES – 2021 (number of reps)

26 — Brock Wright, Notre Dame

26 — Briley Moore, Kansas State

23 — Three (Tony Poljan, Virginia; Tre McKitty, Georgia; Matt Bushman, BYU)


TOP TE PROSPECTS (by BetMGM odds)

Kyle Pitts, Florida

ODDS OF FIRST TE PICKED: -10000

PRO DAY REPS: 22

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 1st round (No. 5 overall)

Brevin Jordan, Miami (Fla.)

ODDS OF FIRST TE PICKED: +2000

PRO DAY REPS: 17

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 3rd to 4th round (No. 106 overall)

Pat Freiermuth, Penn State

ODDS OF FIRST TE PICKED: +3500

PRO DAY REPS: Did not lift (shoulder surgery)

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 2nd round (No. 60 overall)

Tre McKitty, Georgia

ODDS OF FIRST TE PICKED: +6600

PRO DAY REPS: 23

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 5th round (No. 171 overall)

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Running Backs

TOP COMBINE PERFORMANCE SINCE 1999 (number of reps)

32 — Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern (2014 – Drafted 3rd round)

TOP PRO DAY PERFORMANCES – 2021 (number of reps)

28 — Corey Taylor, Tulsa

26 — Justin Henderson, Louisiana Tech

24 — Asim Rose, Kentucky


TOP RB PROSPECTS (by BetMGM odds)

Najee Harris, Alabama

ODDS OF FIRST RB PICKED: -140

PRO DAY REPS: did not lift (choice)

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 1st round (No. 28 overall)

Travis Etienne, Clemson

ODDS OF FIRST RB PICKED: +165

PRO DAY REPS: 18

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 1st to 2nd round (No. 33 overall)

Javonte Williams, North Carolina

ODDS OF FIRST RB PICKED: +600

PRO DAY REPS: 22

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 2nd to 3rd round (No. 66 overall)

Michael Carter, Duke

ODDS OF FIRST RB PICKED: +4000

PRO DAY REPS: 13

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 7th to HPFA (No. 264 overall)

Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis

ODDS OF FIRST RB PICKED: +4000

PRO DAY REPS: 21

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 3rd round (No. 104 overall)

Trey Sermon, Ohio State

ODDS OF FIRST RB PICKED: +4000

PRO DAY REPS: did not lift (choice)

DRAFTSCOUT PROJ: 3rd round (No. 102 overall)

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Brian McLaughlin is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of BMac and Herd’s FCS Podcast. He has covered the national recruiting scene in football and basketball for The Sporting News, headed up the PARADE Magazine High School All-America selections, and handled FCS college football for HERO Sports. Follow BMac on Twitter @BrianMacWriter.

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