NFL Combine Records: Defensive Prospects Most Likely to Challenge Top Marks

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIFebruary 24, 2013

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 27:  LaDarius Perkins #27 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs is tackled by Vinnie Sunseri #3, Trey DePriest #33, Ed Stinson #49 and Jesse Williams #54 of the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is in full swing at the moment, with all the offensive players completing their combine drills and posting up huge numbers.

The week ahead sees all the defensive prospects try and dominate in Indianapolis and get the attention of scouts around the league, and there's some prospects in particular that stand a real chance at challenging pre-established combine records this year.

Which records (courtesy of could fall and which players could be the guys to break them in 2013? Read on and find out.


Zaviar Gooden—Fastest 40-yard dash by a LB

Record: 4.40 (set by J. Alston in 2008)

Gooden is expected by many to be one of the fastest linebackers at the combine this year, and is rumored to be able to run times in the 4.4's (per BigCatCountry).

If he can do that here, the Missouri linebacker could well showcase his defensive athleticism to be highly attractive and move up the boards as a result—plus having a shot at breaking the record.


Shamarko Thomas—Fastest 40-yard dash by a S

Record: 4.35 (set by J. Barrett in 2008)

The little-known 217-pound safety here isn't expected to go that high in the overall NFL Draft, but could well rattle the record books with a blistering run.

Thomas is rumored to have speed around the 4.3 second mark, which could well mean the 2008 record is in some serious trouble here.


Tom Wort—Most bench press reps by a LB

Record: 32 (set by R. Lewis in 2012)

Linebacker Tom Wort is a big man with some big arms, and his 237-pound frame is expected to challenge Lewis' record this year.

Guys with shorter arms are more likely to thrive in this event, and Wort has the strength and the arm size to make a serious crack at the 2012 record here.


Jesse Williams—Most bench press reps by any position

Record: 49 (set by S.Paea in 2011)

However, the record we're all looking forward to seeing the most is that of the bench press reps, with Alabama's Jesse Williams adamant he can beat it.

According to Fan Nation, Williams can max out the bench press at 600 pounds, and is rumored to be able to churn out 55 to 60 reps at 225 pounds.

Which truly would be a sight to see in Indianapolis.


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