Here Are the 12 Highest Bench Press Totals in NFL Combine History

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It’s no secret that the athletes who play in the National Football League are some of the strongest human beings on the planet. The truth of the matter is that every player, from the offensive linemen down to the wide receivers and cornerbacks, on the 32 NFL rosters have strength that most average people can only dream of.

College football players that are hoping to carve out a career as professional have their strength measured at the NFL Scouting Combine by how many times they can bench press 225 pounds. While this isn’t a perfect test, it can expose both a glaring lack of strength and a shocking surplus of raw power in NFL hopefuls. Here is a look at the 12 highest bench press totals in NFL Combine history.

10. (tie) Russell Bodine (2014)

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Total Reps: 42

The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Russell Bodine in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft. The 6-foot-3, 306-pound offensive lineman played his college ball at North Carolina, and the rookie started all 16 games as the Bengals’ center — a feat he would repeat the following season.

10. (tie) DeMarcus “Tank” Tyler (2007)

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Tank Tyler wowed at the NFL Combine | Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Total Reps: 42

DeMarcus “Tank” Tyler played defensive tackle for North Carolina State and showcased his strength at the 2007 combine. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of that year, but hasn’t played in the NFL since 2009.

10. (tie) Isaac Sopoaga (2004)

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Isaac Sopoaga is a beast | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Total Reps: 42

Isaac Sopoaga, a defensive tackle from the University of Hawaii, put up 42 reps during the 2004 NFL Combine. He was eventually drafted in the fourth round by the San Francisco 49ers, and played 11 seasons in the NFL.

9. Scott Young (2005)

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The Eagles were impressed by Scott Young’s Combine performance | Brian Cleary/Getty Images

Total Reps: 43

Despite putting up 225 pounds 43 times during the 2005 NFL Combine, Scott Young did not have a long career in the NFL. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round of that year’s draft, and only played three seasons in the league. Still, you have to be impressed with the strength from the offensive guard out of BYU.

6. (tie) Brodrick Bunkley (2006)

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Brodrick Bunkley carved out a nice NFL career | Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Total Reps: 44

The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Florida State’s Brodrick Bunkley with the 14th pick in the 2006 NFL draft. Since that time, Bunkley has also played for the Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints. Despite nine years in the NFL, it’s safe to say that Bunkley never lived up to expectations.

6. (tie) Dontari Poe (2012)

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Dontari Poe was a star at the 2012 NFL Combine | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Total Reps: 44

Dontari Poe is a force on the football field, and is way more than just a guy who benched 225 pounds 44 times. Poe was the 11th overall pick in the 2012 draft and the former Memphis Tiger has become one of the most dominant defensive tackles in the NFL. In his five NFL seasons he has been selected to two Pro Bowls and was named a second-team All-Pro in 2013.

6. (tie) Jeff Owens (2010)

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Jeff Owens was an animal at the NFL Combine | Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Total Reps: 44

The Philadelphia Eagles continued their trend of drafting players that put up a ton of reps on the bench press, by selecting Georgia defensive tackle Jeff Owens in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL draft. It did not work out as Owens only played in one game.

3. (tie) Mitch Petrus

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Total Reps: 45

Mitch Petrus was an offensive guard who played his college ball at Arkansas. During the 2010 combine, his 45 bench press reps helped him get drafted in the fifth round by the New York Giants. He would play three seasons in the NFL.

3. (tie) Mike Kudla (2006)

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The Pittsburgh Steelers gave Mike Kudla a chance | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Total Reps: 45

In 2006, Mike Kudla was said to be one of the strongest players in the draft, and a weight room fanatic. And the Ohio State Buckeye showed this brute strength with 45 reps on the bench press. Unfortunately, despite signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted rookie, Kudla was bothered by hamstring issues and forced to give up his NFL aspirations.

3. (tie) Leif Larsen (2000)

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The Buffalo Bills selected Leif Larson in the 6th round of the 2000 NFL Draft | Michael Adamucci/Getty Images

Total Reps: 45

In 2000, UTEP defensive tackle Leif Larson put up the 45 reps on the bench press. He was drafted in the sixth round by the Buffalo Bills, but only managed to play in only 16 total games for his career.

2. Stephen Paea (2011)

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Stephen Paea is one of the strongest players in NFL history | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Total Reps: 49

Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea benched 225 pounds a ridiculous 49 times at the combine in 2011. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 2011 NFL draft, and signed with Washington for the 2015 campaign. Over five seasons in the NFL, Paea has started in 41 games.

1. Justin Ernest (1999)

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Being the strongest player in NFL Combine history wasn’t enough to get Justin Ernest drafted | Nick Laham/Getty Images

Total Reps: 51

At the 1999 NFL combine, Eastern Kentucky defensive tackle Justin Ernest set a record on the bench press with a mind-boggling 51 reps. However, that strength did not translate into an NFL career. Ernest was not drafted by an NFL team, and he has no regular season appearances.

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