The NFL Combine is not just a time for NFL scouts, coaches and others to focus on future prospects for their teams. It's also a time for us common, non-athletic folks to watch in amazement as these athletes put up ridiculous numbers in some seriously challenging drills.
There's nothing quite like watching a player run the 40-yard dash or go all out on the bench press and dropping your jaw at their numbers while you sit on the couch and debate whether to open up the next bag of chips.
Certain combine events have become must-watch television, and for the players that can put up big numbers, hype and improved draft stock usually follow. Players who have donned the Burgundy and Gold are not strangers to combine success. Before the 2019 NFL Combine begins on Tuesday, let's take a look at some memorable performances from Redskins past and present.
Troy Apke's 4.35 40 gets a reaction from Deion Sanders
Anytime you can get Primetime to be impressed with your work, you know you're doing something right. The Redskins fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft did just that, running a 4.35 40-yard dash in Indianapolis.
Though Apke didn't get to show off that speed much during his rookie season due to injuries, he could prove to be a fast option in the secondary come year two.
Champ Bailey's speeds into an all-time 40-yard dash
The first two on this list sort of fit a theme for the Redskins: they might like really fast players in the secondary. In 1999, Bailey ran a 4.28 40-yard dash before being selected seventh overall by Washington a couple months later. Being that is was the first year that the NFL had electronically clocked the drill, Bailey immediately boosted himself into elite company with that run. Today, his time still ranks toward the top.
Samaje Perine out-muscles the competition
If you've ever looked at Samaje Perine, this stat may not even surprise you. To put it simply, the man is built like a truck. The running back showed that his muscles aren't just for show at the 2017 NFL Combine when he bench pressed 225 pounds 30 times. Not only was that six more than any other running back, but it was more than some offensive lineman put up.
Vernon Davis does it all
Doing well at the bench press of the 40-yard dash is a feat on its own. Exceeding in both makes you something close to a superhero. At the 2006 NFL Combine, Davis performed like a real-life superhero. Running a 4.38 40, benching 225 pounds 30 times and adding a 42-inch vertical jump for good measure, Davis had a day to remember at his combine.
Darrell Green runs an impressive 40, at 50
Okay, so maybe this one didn't officially happen at the combine but it is too impressive to leave off the list and it sticks with the theme. There are rumors that during his time in the NFL, Green ran 40-yard dashes that hovered around a 4.15, with some people believing it got below a 4.1. Green was a track star at Texas A&M, so it is not impossible to rule this out. However, what we do know is that at age 50, he ran a 4.43 time just for fun. That is something that cannot be ignored.
Quick update from the Birthday Boy:) I think today I became the fastest 50 year old in the world! @9AM today, I celebrated my 50th BDay.....— Darrell Green (@darrellgreen28) February 15, 2010
By running the 40 yard dash in Orlando, Florida in a time of 4.43! FYI, all born between 1946 -1964 are baby boomers...— Darrell Green (@darrellgreen28) February 15, 2010
To put these performances in perspective, here's who ranks at the top for the 40-yard dash and bench press in NFL Combine history.
Top 40-yard dash times
T-4. Dri Archer and Jerome Mathis (4.26 seconds)
T-2. Rondel Menendez and Chris Johnson (4.24 seconds)
1. John Ross (4.22 seconds)
Top Bench Press Performances
T-3. Mitch Petrus, Leif Larsen, Mike Kudla (45 reps)
2. Stephen Paea (49 reps)
1. Justin Ernest (51 reps)
Now go back and look at what some Redskins players did. Pretty crazy, right?
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