Draft/Combine Reference Guide
The NFL Combine is long gone, but the numbers collected there will be quoted far and wide throughout the draft this weekend. But without a little context, it can be difficult to know exactly what those numbers mean. Fortunately, Todd McShay was kind enough to put together a chart containing the five year average for every measurement and drill at the combine, and the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Pete Dougherty was kind enough to share it with us. I've formatted the chart for ease of reading below, highlighting the top performers in each measurement and drill.
This chart includes data from hundreds of measurements, and should serve as a good point of comparison as to where a particular pick stands in relation to his peers at the same position.
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HT - Height, measured in inches.
WT - Weight, measured in pounds.
Arm - Arm length, measured from the point of the shoulder blade to the tip of the middle finger. (For an explanation as to why arm length is important, look here.)
Hand - Hand size, measured either from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the pinky finger while the hand is fully extended or from the base of the palm to the tip of the middle finger. (Sources disagreed)
Bench - Bench press at 225 pounds, as demonstrated here.
40 - 40 yard dash, as demonstrated here.
VJ - Vertical jump, as demonstrated here.
BJ - Broad jump (measured in the guide in feet and inches. Example: 9.2 is nine feet, two inches), as demonstrated here.
20-yd - 20 yard shuttle run, as demonstrated here.
3-cone - Three cone drill, as demonstrated here.