It’s no surprise that maybe the most physical conference in the country features some of the strongest wideouts.
Of the top seven wide receivers on the bench press Friday at the 2017 NFL Combine, three played in the Big Ten: Ohio State’s Noah Brown and Curtis Samuel, as well as Penn State’s Chris Godwin.
Brown and Godwin each finished with 19 reps at 225 pounds, behind only Billy Brown of Shepherd University. Samuel finished one back, with 18.
Top WR bench #NFLCombine
Billy Brown 23
Noah Brown 19
Robert Davis 19
Chris Godwin 19
Kenny Golladay 18
Speedy Noil 18
Curtis Samuel 18
— CollegeFootball 24/7 (@NFL_CFB) March 3, 2017
Brown caught 32 passes for 402 yards and seven touchdowns last season in a breakout junior campaign. CBS Sports ranks him at the No. 15 receiver in the draft and a likely mid-round pick.
His teammate, Samuel, was the Buckeyes’ do-it-all star in 2016, accounting for 1,636 total yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns. He’s the No. 4 receiver in the draft and a first- or second-round pick, per CBS Sports.
Godwin was also a college star, catching 154 passes for 2,421 yards and 18 touchdowns in three years at Penn State. CBS Sports has him just ahead of Brown, as the No. 14 receiver and a projected third-round pick.