- Mike Sando, NFL Insider
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Gerald McCoy's performance in the combine bench press -- 23 repetitions of 225 pounds -- was seen as a disappointment.
The other elite defensive tackle in this draft class, Ndamukong Suh, cranked out 32 reps.
What do these reps mean?
The 49ers' Kentwan Balmer pumped out 33 reps as a defensive tackle at the 2008 combine. He has zero starts in two seasons.
Strength is important, but quickness and leverage can be essential.
Cortez Kennedy was a prime example. He went into the 1990 combine focused on keeping his weight down. He wasn't a weight-room freak. He was a natural football player. He recalled managing 23 reps in the bench press, which would match McCoy's total. Kennedy also recalled covering 40 yards in the 4.86- to 4.89-second range at more than 290 pounds. He played with tremendous leverage and quickness on his way to earning a spot on the all-decade team for the 1990s.