Quarterback Bench Press Reps at NFL Combine

Most Quarterback Bench Press Reps at NFL Combine (By Year)

I’ve always loved the NFL Combine. A series of events to evaluate the physical characteristics of the best college football players each year. It’s basically an Olympic decathlon for football.

Some will debate how valuable this whole event actually is (it’s confusing that we’re still doing 225 rep tests with Quarterbacks considering many strength coaches don’t even allow quarterbacks to bench press), but my fascination with it has never waned.

When I train players for the combine, one of the things we always do is look at previous years’ results to see how we stack up. It is a great tool for goal-setting and motivation.

This guide is simply me sharing this information with you. I went through all the previous NFL Combines to find the top Quarterback Bench Press performances of all time.

Note: These are the official NFL Combine times from NFL.com. Some resources online will also include pro-day numbers, but because there are so many other variables* with pro-day numbers I’ve stuck strictly to the official reps from Indianapolis.

Most Quarterback Bench Press Reps All-Time

Most QB Bench Reps in NFL Combine History
Player School Reps Year
Rhett Bomar Sam Houston State 25 2009
Brady Quinn Notre Dame 24 2007
Jay Cutler Vanderbilt 23 2006
Tarvaris Jackson Alabama State 22 2006
Levi Brown Troy 20 2010
Tim Hiller Western Michigan 18 2010
Kurt Benkert Virginia 16 2018
Anthony Morelli Penn State 16 2008
Reggie Ball Georgia Tech 15 2007
MarQueis Gray Minnesota 15 2013

Year By Year Top Quarterback Bench Press Numbers

Here is a breakdown of the top 5 Bench Press reps from each year going back to 2012. In addition to the top 5 each year, I’ve also included any quarterback that benched more than 10 reps.

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2023

There are no bench press numbers for 2023.

Most QB Bench Reps in NFL Combine 2023
Player School Reps Year
n/a n/a n/a 2023

Related –> NFL Combine Averages By Position at 2022 NFL Combine

2022

There are no bench press numbers for 2022.

Most QB Bench Reps in NFL Combine 2022
Player School Reps Year
2022
2022
2022
2022
2022

2020

There are no bench press numbers for 2020.

Most QB Bench Reps in NFL Combine 2020
Player School Reps Year
2020
2020
2020
2020
2020

2019

There are no bench press numbers for 2019.

Most QB Bench Reps in NFL Combine 2019
Player School Reps Year
2019
2019
2019
2019
2019

2018

Most QB Bench Reps in NFL Combine 2018
Player School Reps Year
Kurt Benkert Virginia 16 2018
2018
2018
2018
2018

2017

There are no bench press numbers for 2017.

Most QB Bench Reps in NFL Combine 2017
Player School Reps Year
2017
2017
2017
2017
2017

2016

There are no bench press numbers for 2016.

Most QB Bench Reps in NFL Combine 2016
Player School Reps Year
2016
2016
2016
2016
2016

2015

Most QB Bench Reps in NFL Combine 2015
Player School Reps Year
Nick Marshall Auburn 15 2015
2015
2015
2015
2015

2014

There are no bench press numbers for 2014.

Most QB Bench Reps in NFL Combine 2014
Player School Reps Year
2014
2014
2014
2014
2014

2013

Most QB Bench Reps in NFL Combine 2013
Player School Reps Year
MarQueis Gray Minnesota 15 2013
2013
2013
2013
2013

2012

Most QB Bench Reps in NFL CombineĀ 2012
Player School Reps Year
Jordan Jefferson LSU 14 2012
Darron Thomas Oregon 14 2012
2012
2012
2012

Notes

As you can obviously see, rarely do quarterbacks participate in the bench at the combine. Only 5 quarterbacks in the past 10 ten years have benched and none at the last three combines.

And, honestly, why would they?

I highly doubt any quarterback has ever been drafted because of how many times they could rep 225 pounds on bench press. What matters (at least physically) is how well they throw the ball. So why take any chance whatsoever in straining (or worse) a shoulder or pec before you get a chance to throw?

Many more quarterbacks (but not all) participate in the 40 than the bench and I’ve also broken down the best quarterback 40 times of all-time if you’d like to give that a look.

Finally, the one thing every player gets on record? Their height and weight. Here are the average heights and weights of all the current active quarterbacks in the NFL.

*Fun Fact: Did you know not all bars and weight plates weigh exactly the same? 20kg bars weigh less than a 45-pound bar. Some plates due to manufacturing variances and wear and tear will weigh slightly differently.

We used to weigh every 45-pound plate in the entire weight room to find the 4 that weighed the least, no matter how small of a difference it was.

Final Thoughts

Keep in mind that not everyone that gets invited to NFL Combine actually bench presses (This is even more prevalent with quarterbacks). So, some players that potentially could put up a lot of reps don’t have an official number on the record.

On top of that, there are many players each year that would have put up big numbers (and had success at the NFL level) that don’t receive an NFL Combine invite.

References

NFL.com

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