We checked out the greatest combine performance from offensive players, including Bo Jackson and Matt Jones.
Now it's time to size up the defensive players with the most impressive workouts (before this year anyway).
2008. Gholston, a defensive end, had an impressive career Ohio State and was one of just two players ever to record a sack Jake Long, the first overall pick in 2008. But the combine is what sent his stock skyrocketing. He cranked out 37 bench-press repetitions at 225 pounds. He followed that with a 4.58 40-yard dash and a 41-inch vertical and became the sixth overall pick to the Jets.
2000. Engelberger went from walking on at Virginia Tech to being an all-conference defensive end. At the combine, he ran a solid 4.73 40 at 260 pounds. It was his quickness in the three-cone drill that was most impressive, though, and Engelberger shot all the way up to be San Francisco's second-round pick.
1995. One of the first players to train specifically for the combine drills, Mamula put up more bench press reps (28) than even the top offensive tackle taken in the draft, Tony Boselli. At 6-4 and 250 pounds, Mamula still ran a very fast 4.58 40-yard dash and registered a vertical jump consistent with most wide receivers. He even missed just one question on the 50-question Wonderlic test. Mamula's performance led the Eagles to trade three draft picks to move up to the No. 7 overall to take the Boston College linebacker, but his NFL career lasted just five seasons.
1989. Sanders' combine story is one of football lore. The story goes that Sanders showed up late to the combine at the Superdome in 1989 and ran just one drill. That one drill happened to be the 40-yard dash, and after Sanders ran a blistering 4.2, second only to Bo Jackson in the era of hand-timed 40's, he didn't break stride and ran straight out of the Superdome to his limo, which took him to the airport. The performance earned him the nickname "Primetime" and also got him drafted fifth overall by the Atlanta Falcons.
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