NFL Combine records: Top 40 times, bench press reps, more

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Nothing projects a football player's ability to perform at the highest professional level quite like a cone-to-cone sprint in his underwear.

Enter the 2020 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, where the country's best college football players converge for their first encounters with NFL franchises ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft.

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keaways from Indy

Whether and how much the Combine's events matter is up for constant debate, but we doubt Byron Jones would have been drafted in the first round in 2015, for example, without his world-record broad jump. Physical attributes, though just one piece of the puzzle that is a player's pre-draft evaluation, can't hurt.

Below are the best numbers for the core events — 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle — since 2006, or what the league calls "recent" history.

The NFL does not keep Combine records, so these marks are unofficial.

Notable Wonderlic scores from the past

NFL Combine records

40-yard dash

*Electronic timing began in 1999*

    Record holder: John Ross, WR, 2017Time: 4.22 secondsYeah, but: Running back Bo Jackson reportedly ran a 4.12 at the Combine in 1986. Defensive back Deion Sanders was clocked at 4.2 in 1989.Top five since 2006:RankPlayerTimePos.Year1.John Ross4.22WR20172.Chris Johnson4.24RB20083.Dri Archer4.26RB20144.Marquise Goodwin4.27WR2013T5.Jacoby Ford4.28WR2010T5.Jalen Myrick4.28CB2017T5.J.J. Nelson4.28WR2015T5.Demarcus Van Dyke4.28DB2011

    Bench press

      Record holder: Stephen Paea, DT, 2011Repetitions (225 pounds): 49Yeah, but: Paea's 49 reps were deemed a record in 2011 even though defensive tackle Justin Ernest pumped out 51 reps in 1999.Top five since 2006:RankPlayerRepsPos.Year1.Stephen Paea49DT20112.Mitch Petrus45OL2010T3.Jeff Owens44DT2010T3.Dontari Poe44DT2012T5.Russell Bodine42C2014T5.Harrison Phillips42DT2018T5.Tank Tyler42DL2007

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      Vertical jump

        Record holder: Chris Conley, WR, 2015 / Donald Washington, CB, 2009Height: 45.0"Yeah, but: Safety Gerald Sensabaugh set a Combine record with his 46-inch vertical in 2005, a year before the NFL's recency cut-off.Top five since 2006:RankPlayerHeightPos.YearT1.Chris Conley45.0WR2015T1.Donald Washington45.0CB20093.Byron Jones44.5CB2015T4.A.J. Jefferson44.0CB2010T4.Obi Melifonwu44.0S2017T4.Juan Thornhill44.0S2019

        Broad jump

          Record holder: Byron Jones, DB, 2015Length: 12'3"Yeah, but: Jones did more than shatter the Combine record — he set a world record with his jump that dropped jaws at the 2015 event.Top five since 2006:RankPlayerLengthPos.Year1.Byron Jones12'3"CB2015T2.Obi Melifonwu11'9"S2017T2.Emanuel Hall11'9"WR2019T2.Juan Thornhill11'9"S20195.Miles Boykin11'8"WR2019

          Three-cone drill

            Record holder: J.T. Thomas, CB, 2018Time: 6.28 secondsYeah, but: Thomas went undrafted in 2018. He was signed by the Eagles as an undrafted free agent but was cut soon after.Top five since 2006:RankPlayerTimePos.Year1.Jordan Thomas6.28CB20182.Jeffrey Maehl6.42WR20113.Buster Skrine6.44DB2011T4.Scott Long6.45WR2010T4.David Long6.45CB2019

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            20-yard shuttle

              Record holder: Jason Allen, CB, 2006 / Brandin Cooks, WR, 2014Time: 3.81 secondsYeah, but: Four players — Kevin Kasper, Deion Branch, Dunta Robinson and Champ Bailey — posted better 20-yard shuttle times before 2006. Kasper's time of 3.73 remains the best.Top five since 2006:RankPlayerTimePos.YearT1.Brandin Cooks3.81WR2014T1.Jason Allen3.81CB20063.Bobby McCain3.82CB20154.B.W. Webb3.84CB2013T5.Justin Simmons3.85FS2016T5.Desmond Trufant3.85CB2013

              60-yard shuttle

                Record holder: Shelton Gibson, WR, 2017Time: 10.71 secondsYeah, but: ... Gibson was fast — no buts about it. He barely edged Brandin Cooks and Avonte Maddox (10.72) for this record.Top five since 2006:RankPlayerTimePos.Year1.Shelton Gibson10.71WR2017T2.Brandin Cooks10.72WR2014T2.Avonte Maddox10.72CB2018T4.Jamell Fleming10.75CB2012T4.Buster Skrine10.75DB2011