Former Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore made many scouts start running to the film room after he had a dismal performance on the bench press at the 2013 NFL Combine yesterday.
Dismal meaning that he only did 12 reps with the 225 pounds which is surprising for the dominant defensive player who is projected on some mock drafts to be a first round pick. While the bench press is not the end all be all test, it is something that is looked at in the evaluation process for defensive and offensive lineman.
Upper body strength is important in both positions as is endurance and stamina. Offensive lineman must be able to hold blocks as well as grapple with opposing linemen while defensive front seven players must do the opposite and use that strength to fight off or past blocks.
Moore’s bench press numbers may just be a fluke and will get a chance to show what he can do on the drills portion today as well as the Texas A&M Pro Day on March 8th. Now we see why more and more players skip this portion of the Combine.