The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine may not feature the always animated and motivating bench press coach John Lott to help prospects get their maximum reps, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have a player come close to breaking the combine’s bench press record this weekend.
Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Jesse Williams is one of those massive dudes with freak strength that has a legitimate shot to take down the bench press record. At 6-foot-4, 320-pounds, Williams can reportedly max out on the bench press at 600 pounds, so reps at 225 in Indianapolis should be no problem.
The combine record of 51 reps was set in 1999 by Eastern Kentucky’s Justin Ernest.
Just how close has anyone come to taking down Ernest’s record? Just two years ago, Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea hit 49 reps. Paea maxes out on the bench at 550-pounds, so there is some hope for Williams to top the record.
Jerry Dominguez, the defensive coordinator at Arizona Western junior college and the man who discovered Williams in Australia, told the New York Times that Williams should be able to do 55 to 60 reps at 225 pounds.
It will be exciting to see if Williams can take down the record. He is already a potential first round pick and if he is able to show that elite push during the bench press he could become a lock to be one of the first 32 selections in April’s draft.