NFL Combine 2016: Soma Vainuku, Tre Madden Among Top Bench Press Performers
USC backs Tre Madden and Soma Vainuku were among the top performers in their position on the bench press at the 2016 NFL Combine Friday morning.
Running backs and fullbacks completed their bench press at the NFL Combine Friday morning with Tre Madden and Soma Vainuku finishing among the top performers.
Nebraska’s Andy Janovich and Northwesterns Dan Vitale topped the group with 30 reps each, while Vainuku finished third with 26.
At running back, the top number went to Georgia’s Keith Marshall, but Madden was not far behind at 24 to finish second in the group.
Both Trojan backs should be pleased with their numbers in that area, though their NFL prospects are not necessarily linked to strength. Madden has proven to be an adept and strong runner, but injury issues have plagued his entire college career.
As for Vainuku, he has the necessary size and power to operate as a fullback at the pro level but may be lacking the technique to secure and sustain blocks.
Other familiar names at the Combine include Cal’s Daniel Lasco who benched 23 reps and Utah’s Devontae Booker who had 22. UCLA’s Paul Perkins checked in with 19.
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Though Max Tuerk will be limited in other drills as he continues to recover from torn ligaments in his knee, the offensive lineman was able to participate in the bench. He logged 22 reps, which put him in the middle of the pack among lineman.
For Tuerk, USC’s Pro Day will be key as he is not slated to participate in other on the field drills in Indianapolis.
Arizona State’s Christian Westerman led all lineman with 34 reps. Oklahoma’s Nila Kasitati brought up the rear with just 12.
You can view all results from the Combine here.