Sean Weatherspoon Flashes Strength at Combine: Missouri Tigers News and Notes

Ryan FallerAnalyst IMarch 1, 2010

COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 07:  Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon #12 of the Missouri Tigers reacts after stopping the Baylor Bears offense during the game at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Here's a few notes to pass along regarding the NFL Combine:

Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is going through the gamut of drills as we speak, but on Sunday he showed off some brawn in the weight room.

The 225-pound bench press very well may be the biggest chance for Combine participants to display their machismo , and Weatherspoon catapulted himself to the forefront, completing 34 reps to rank second among all linebackers.

Washington's Donald Butler topped the list of linebackers with 35 repetitions.

True to form, Weatherspoon appeared to be one of the more vocal participants, bellowing out pre-lift moans while receiving motivation from his spotter, Arizona Cardinals strength and conditioning coach John Lott. Check out the video here .

But perhaps the most impressive aspect of Weatherspoon's accomplishment in the bench press was that his 34 reps exceeded the efforts of more than half of the defensive linemen who ranked near the top of the charts, including Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh (32), USC's Everson Griffen (32), Michigan's Brandon Graham (31), and Oklahoma's Gerald McCoy (23).

Georgia defensive tackle Jeff Owens headlined all participants with 44 reps.

On Sunday, wide receivers participated in drills, and Missouri's Jared Perry did his best to help improve his draft prospects. The 6'1", 178-pound Perry, who figures at best to be a late round pick, performed well in the broad jump (10'1") and 3-cone drill (6.75), placing in the top 10 in both drills.

I couldn't find much on offensive lineman Kurtis Gregory , who worked out for scouts on Saturday. He was not listed among the top performers at his position in any drill.

Missouri's fourth Combine attendee, receiver Danario Alexander , is not participating in drills after undergoing surgery on his left knee last month to repair a cartilage defect. The problem area is reportedly unrelated to that which prompted three previous procedures to Alexander's left knee.

With the exception of Alexander, each Missouri draft hopeful will have a chance to impress NFL scouts at MU's Pro Day on March 4.