NFL Combine: What you need to know about the bench press

The NFL Combine's bench press just might be the most popular event, next to the 40-yard dash, because it measures a player's strength and stamina. In the past few years, the NFL has moved the bench press to an area with bleachers so that coaches, scouts, media and even a small group of fans can watch as prospects lift 225 pounds as many times as possible. Cheering is not only allowed, but also encouraged, as prospects motivate each other to keep pushing.

Who can improve draft stock the most: Offensive and defensive linemen

The Rules: The player lays flat on his back on the bench and places his hands at shoulder width on the barbell. The bar must touch his chest and elbows must completely straight at the top, while keeping hips on the bench. The goal is to press 225 pounds of weight as many times as possible with a spotter nearby.

Current NFL Combine record: Defensive tackle Stephen Paea, 49 reps (2011)

Here are some current Texans who put up an impressive number of reps in the bench press during their NFL Combine performance:

J.J. Watt (2011) – 34
D.J. Reader (2016) – 30
Nick Martin (2016) – 28
Max Scharping (2019) – 27
Whitney Mercilus (2012) - 27

This year's Combine Bench Press Schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, February 26: 2:30PM - 6:00PM (Tight Ends, Wide receivers, Quarterbacks)

Thursday, February 27: 6:30 PM- 6:00PM (Place Kickers, Special Teams, Offensive Linemen, Running Backs)

Friday, February 28: 6:30 PM- 6:00PM (Defensive Linemen, Linebackers)

Saturday, February 29: 3:00 PM- 6:00PM (Defensive Backs)

Check out shots of current Texans defensive players from previous NFL Combines. (Photos via AP Images)