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The National Football League (NFL) Draft Combine evaluates prospective professional football players on several athletic performance tests including, but not limited to, the following: 36.6-m sprint (40-yard dash), 18.3-m (20-yard) shuttle run, 3-cone agility test, vertical jump, broad jump, and 102.1-kg (225-lb) bench press.
A recent study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research aimed to compare these performance measurements among the different American football positions. Over 1,000 participants were included in the study; excluding special teams, 15 major football positions were evaluated.
What Does This Mean for Coaches?
Different football positions cater to different styles of athletes; this is no surprise. However, the results of this study can help coaches determine the areas of focus for their particular athletes. For example, it might not be worth the time to focus on a cornerback’s weakness in upper-body strength when he is more likely to be evaluated on sprinting ability.
Furthermore, a cornerback with a strong upper body might be able to stand out amongst the crowd if his bench press score is high. The mean values of this study demonstrate how football players are evaluated as part of their respective position groups. The proper modifications to an athlete’s strength and conditioning program might be the difference between being selected in the first round, second round, or no round at all.
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The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research is the NSCA's scientific journal. This monthly publication prints original research information important to strength and conditioning practitioners. Many educational institutions, researchers, and professionals retain this journal as a valuable reference.