NFL Combine records: Complete list of top 40 times, bench press reps & more all-time bests

While the debate rages on the exact value of the NFL Combine — if any — one thing is certain: The scouting event has often showcased some of the best athletes in the country.

That has been made apparent on numerous occasions in Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium, the longtime home of the combine. While positional drills may be more indicative of a player’s success in the NFL, other events like the 40-yard dash, three-cone drill and bench press are less obvious.

Still, to be invited to the combine is a distinction many of the best college football players in America hope to receive. It provides the biggest, best opportunity to showcase both physical and mental aspects of players’ games while providing an avenue to interview with multiple teams.

Many players have made their NFL draft cases with strong showings at the combine. And while there’s certainly more to it than running faster and jumping higher/farther than your competition, it certainly doesn’t hurt to stand out above your peers in the events in which players choose to participate.

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With that, The Sporting News looks at some of the best showings from the NFL Combine, including the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical leap, broad jump and more:

NFL Combine records

Official stats courtesy of NFL.com dating back to 2006.

40-yard dash

Rank Player Time Pos. Year
1. John Ross 4.22 WR 2017
2. Kalon Barnes 4.23 CB 2022
3. Chris Johnson 4.24 RB 2008
4. Dri Archer 4.26 RB 2014
  Tariq Woolen 4.26 CB 2022
  D.J. Turner 4.26 CB 2023
6. Marquise Goodwin 4.27 WR 2013
  Henry Ruggs III 4.27 WR 2020
9. Jacoby Ford 4.28 WR 2010
  J.J. Nelson 4.28 WR 2015
  Jalen Myrick 4.28 CB 2017
  Tyquan Thorton 4.28 WR 2022

Bench press

Rank Player Reps Pos. Year
1. Stephen Paea 49 DT 2011
2. Mike Kudla 45 DL 2006
  Mitch Petrus 45 OL 2010
4. Jeff Owens 44 DT 2010
  Dontari Poe 44 DT 2012
  Netane Muti 44 G 2020
7. Tank Tyler 42 DL 2007
  Russell Bodine 42 C 2014
  Harrison Phillips 42 DT 2018
10. David Molk 41 C 2012
  Vita Vea 41 DT 2018

Vertical jump

Rank Player Height Pos. Year
1. Donald Washington 45.0 CB 2009
  Chris Conley 45.0 WR 2015
3. Byron Jones 44.5 CB 2015
  Donovan Peoples-Jones 44.5 WR 2020
5. A.J. Jefferson 44.0 CB 2010
  Obi Melifonwu 44.0 S 2017
  Juan Thornhill 44.0 S 2019
  Quan Martin 44.0 CB 2023
8. Dorin Dickerson 43.5 TE 2010
  Kashif Moore 43.5 WR 2012
  Speedy Noil 43.5 WR 2017
  Marcus Williams 43.5 S 2017
  Miles Boykin 43.5 WR 2019
  Emmanuel Hall 43.5 WR 2019

Broad jump

Rank Player Length Pos. Year
1. Byron Jones 12’3″* CB 2015
2. Obi Melifonwu 11’9″ S 2017
  Emanuel Hall 11’9″ WR 2019
  Juan Thornhill 11’9″ S 2019
5. Miles Boykin 11’8″ WR 2019
6. Jamie Collins 11’7″ OLB 2013
  Chris Conley 11’7″ WR 2015
  Donovan Peoples-Jones 11’7″ WR 2020
9. Bud Dupree 11’6″ OLB 2015
  Jalen Reagor 11’6″ WR 2020
  Jeremy Chinn 11’6″ S 2020

*Unofficial world record

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Three-cone drill

Rank Player Time Pos. Year
1. Jeffrey Maehl 6.42 WR 2011
2. Buster Skrine 6.44 DB 2011
3. Scott Long 6.45 WR 2010
  David Long 6.45 CB 2019
5. Dane Sanzenbacher 6.46 WR 2011
6. Daniel Sorensen 6.47 FS 2014
7. Terrence Toliver 6.48 WR 2011
  Zyon McCollum 6.48 CB 2022
9. Devon Cajuste 6.49 WR 2016
10. Leon Hall 6.50 CB 2007
  Chykie Brown 6.50 DB 2011
  Cecil Shorts 6.50 WR 2011
  Chris Rainey 6.50 RB 2012

20-yard shuttle

Rank Player Time Pos. Year
1. Jason Allen 3.81 CB 2006
  Brandin Cooks 3.81 WR 2014
3. Bobby McCain 3.82 CB 2015
4. B.W. Webb 3.84 CB 2013
5. Desmond Trufant 3.85 CB 2013
  Justin Simmons 3.85 FS 2016
7. Austin Pettis 3.88 WR 2011
8. Kevin Johnson 3.89 CB 2015
  Kevin King 3.89 CB 2017
10. Sabby Piscitelli 3.90 S 2007
  Shiloh Keo 3.90 DB 2011
  Buster Skrine 3.90 DB 2011

60-yard shuttle

Rank Player Time Pos. Year
1. Derrick Martin 10.69 CB 2006
2. Shelton Gibson 10.71 WR 2017
3. Brandin Cooks 10.72 WR 2014
  Avonte Maddox 10.72 CB 2018
5. Buster Skrine 10.75 DB 2011
  Jamell Fleming 10.75 CB 2012
7. Daniel Sorensen 10.80 FS 2014
8. Godwin Igwebuike 10.81 S 2018
9. Charlie Peprah 10.83 CB 2006
10. Braxton Miller 10.84 WR 2016

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