How high can you jump?
The NFL Combine asks that question every year to prospects looking to impress teams. The answer could impact a player's draft stock, depending on the position group. The vertical jump is a measure of not just how high an athlete can jump, but also a test of raw explosiveness.
Who can improve draft stock most: Wide receivers, defensive backs, pass rushers
The Rules: A measuring device with prongs is used to mark the jump which is measured in inches. From a standing position, a player crouches down and jumps as high as he can, using his hand to make contact with the highest prong possible.
Current NFL Combine record: Cornerback Donald Washington (2009)/ Chris Conley (2015), 45.0"
Here are some current Texans who excelled in the vertical jump portion of their NFL Combine performance:
Benardrick McKinney (2015) – 40.5"
Lonnie Johnson (2019) – 38.0"
J.J. Watt (2011) – 37.0"
Barkevious Mingo (2013) – 37.0"
Charles Omenihu (2019) – 36.5"
Kahale Warring (2019) – 36.5"
DeAndre Hopkins (2013) – 36"
Zach Cunningham (2017) – 35.0"
The 2020 NFL Scouting Combine takes place Tuesday, February 25 through Sunday, March 1. On-field drills begin on Thursday, February 27 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Check out shots of current Texans defensive players from previous NFL Combines. (Photos via AP Images)