Top 50 Strength Reps for 2009

Lead NFL Analyst
Posted Apr 8, 2009

Things have sure changed from the "good old days", when it seemed virtually everyone was benching 225 pounds thirty-plus times. The days of heavy juicing and big men who looked like Robocop appear now to be just a distant memory.

The greatest measurement of core strength is neither the 225 pound strength reps or the max bench press, but rather the power clean; easily the most athletic indicator of all lift. It measures core strength, hip explosion, upper body quickness, back and shoulder strength. Good technique is critical in executing this very important and lift, but poor technique can easily result in injury to the lower back, knees and shoulders.

Olympic type lifts which are primarily designed to improve lower body strength (posterior - back, butt and hamstrings) are most important, since most football movement originates from the ground.

Johnson, Will DT Michigan 47
Vasquez, Louis OG Texas Tech 39
Allen, Roger OG Mo Western 38
Taylor, Terrance DT Michigan 37
Miller, Roy DT Texas 36
Veikune, David DE Hawaii 35
Hood, Evander DT Missouri 34
Garcia, Juan OC Washington 34
Bright, Travis OG BYU 34
Raji, B.J. DT Boston College 33
Shipley, A.Q. OC Penn St 33
Felix, Robby OC UTEP 33
Smith, Jason OT Baylor 33
Boone, Alex OT Ohio St 33
Hypolite, George DT Colorado 32
Brace, Ron DT Boston College 32
Ellison, Kevin OB USC 32
Bruggeman, Rob OC Iowa 32
Vollmer, Sebastian OT Houston 32
Orakpo, Brian DE Texas 31
Grady, Adrian DT Louisville 31
Nicolas, Brandon DT Colorado 31
Cooper, Jon OC Oklahoma 31
Ryan, Greg OG W. Kentucky 31
Meredith, Jamon OT So Carolina 31
Ashcroft, Jeremy OT Arkansas Tech 31
Smith, Antone RB Florida St 31
Magee, Alex DT Purdue 30
Mitchell, Khalif DT East Carolina 30
Fiammetta, Tony FB Syracuse 30
Adkins, Spencer IB Miami 30
Cushing, Brian IB USC 30
Freeman, Marcus OB Ohio St 30
Maiava, Kaluka OB USC 30
Wood, Eric OC Louisville 30
Fletcher, Alex OC Stanford 30
Feinga, Ray OG BYU 30
Hartline, Andrew OT C. Michigan 30
Summers, Frank RB UNLV 30
Walters, Pierre DE Eastern Illinois 29
Williams, Brandon DE Texas Tech 29
Sanford, Jamarca DS Mississippi 29
Scott, Dorell DT Clemson 29
Walker, Vance DT Georgia Tech 29
Canfield, Trevor OG Cincinnati 29
Urbik, Kraig OG Wisconsin 29
Lewis, Cornelius OT Tennessee St 29
Jennings, Rashad RB Liberty 29
Sidbury, Lawrence DE Richmond 28
Johnson, Michael DE Georgia Tech 28

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