The NFL Combine record for most reps on the 225-pound Bench Press was set in 2011 by Stephen Paea, a defensive tackle, when he hit 49 reps. Temple’s Kyle Friend came pretty darn close to tying that insane number this morning.
A 6-foot-2, 305-pound offensive lineman from Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Friend had his Pro Day on the campus of Temple University this morning, when he managed to get in 41 reps as a handful of NFL scouts (notably from the San Diego Chargers and Cleveland Browns) looked on. Though it was impressive, Friend’s performance shouldn’t come as a surprise. Teammate Tyler Matakevich once told nfldraftscout.com that Friend can “can put up 225 pounds on the bench more than anyone I’ve ever met.”
A four-year starter at Temple, Friend is currently predicted by CBS Sports to be selected in the seventh and final round of the 2016 NFL Draft. It’s safe to say his performance on the bench press today could quickly change that.