INDIANAPOLIS — While some coaches and scouts have griped about the 2017 NFL Combine bench press being open to the public, former Michigan linebacker Ben Gedeon stepped onto the stage and crushed it.
The ex-Wolverines standout topped all linebackers who participated in the bench press at the NFL combine Saturday with 27 reps of 225 pounds.
Ex-Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan tied for fourth with 23, along with former Northwestern defender Anthony Walker:
Top LB bench #NFLCombine
Ben Gedeon 27
Marquel Lee 25
JoJo Mathis 24
Matt Milano 24
Keith Kelsey 23
Raekwon McMillan 23
Anthony Walker 23
— CollegeFootball 24/7 (@NFL_CFB) March 4, 2017
According to a spreadsheet compiled by Boston blogger Mike Loyko, the historical average at the combine for bench reps by an outside and inside linebacker is 23. The combine record for a linebacker is 36.
Given Gedeon’s weight room history, we probably shouldn’t have been surprised. As one of the stronger Wolverines pound-for-pound — and one of the strongest Wolverines, period — the Ohio native has been down this road before …
Jadaveon Clowney did 21 reps on the bench press at the NFL combine (225lbs.) Michigan LB Ben Gedeon did it 26 times last spring. #Freak
— MGoDeep (@mspeedkills) February 24, 2014
… and once Gedeon finally got the chance to show his power in front of the fans (and teams), he sure as heck didn’t disappoint.