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How did the members of the current Cincinnati Bengals roster perform when they attended their NFL Scouting Combine? Who were the workout warriors?

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Most of the current members of the Cincinnati Bengals roster have gone through the Underwear Olympics otherwise known as the NFL Scouting Combine.

There have been great and memorable moments, such as Margus Hunt churning out results like he was Hercules' younger brother, and the less flattering but just as memorable moments like Andre Smith going AWOL, before subsequently "wowing" viewers with a flabby forty at Alabama’s pro-day.

Looking at the Bengals’ current roster, here are the team’s best and worst performers for each of the measurable categories.

Height

Margus Hunt 6’8"
Andrew Whitworth, Eric Winston, Michael Johnson 6’7"
...
Giovani BernardMario Alford 5’8"

Margus "I will break you" Hunt measured in as the tallest Bengal. Although he has yet to break into the starting lineup. He measured a full foot taller than the team’s shortest combine participants, Bernard and Alford.

Weight

Andrew Whitworth 334 lbs
Andre Smith 332 lbs
...
Brandon Tate 183 lbs
Mario Alford 180 lbs

Interestingly, only Whitworth and Smith measured above 314 pounds at the combine. Other than these two, the Bengals have seemingly steered clear of the kids who showed up at the combine with massive bodies. On the other end of the scale, the Bengals have eight players who weighed in under 200 pounds, and all of them were wide receivers and defensive backs.

40 Yard Dash

Leon Hall 4.41 seconds
Mario Alford 4.43 seconds
...
T.J. Johnson 5.33 seconds
Kevin Zeitler 5.39 seconds

Apparently the Bengals are not suckers for workout warriors in the speed category, as no players on the Bengals’ current roster blazed a sub 4.4 time in the 40 yard dash. Their fastest non-wide receiver, and non-defensive back was Cedric Peerman with a 4.45 time.

Zeitler holds the distinction as the Bengal with the slowest combine speed. The slowest non-lineman was Vontaze Burfict with a 5.09 time, which was slower than offensive linemen Eric Winston and Jake Fisher, and actually tied with 310 pound defensive tackle Pat Sims.

225 pound bench press

Russell Bodine 42 reps
Margus Hunt 38 reps
...
Darqueze Dennard 15 reps
Mario Alford 13 reps

As Bodine and Hunt can attest to, the bench press doesn’t seem to have any relevance in correlating the number of repetitions to on the field success in the NFL. It’s hard to call Alford the "weakest" Bengal, as a dozen of the current players who attended the combine chose not to participate in the event. None of the quarterbacks attempted the bench press.

Vertical Jump

Cedric Peerman, A.J. Hawk 40.0"
Rex Burkhead 39.0"
...

T.J. Johnson 25.5"

Whoever said "white men can’t jump" hasn’t seen the Bengals’ roster. Two of the team’s three best vertical jumpers, Hawk and Burkhead, seem to break that mold.

Except for those who skipped every activity for medical reasons, the vertical jump was the only combine event in which every Bengals player participated.

Broad Jump

Josh Shaw 10’10"
Michael Johnson 10’8"
...
T.J. Johnson 8’0"

I think we all knew that Josh Shaw could jump, since he was made infamous for claiming he jumped out of a second story window to save his nephew from drowning in a pool. For what it’s worth, T.J. Johnson just wasn’t built to jump. He has the shortest broad jump and shortest vertical jump on the team. And he wasn’t really close to the next worst jumper in either category.

20 Yard Shuttle

A.J. Hawk 3.96 seconds
George Iloka 4.03 seconds

Interestingly, it is a linebacker who leads the Bengals in this speed category, and not one of the smaller receivers or defensive backs. Apparently, the 20 yard shuttle is pointless, as Iloka’s stellar time was unable to undo the damage of a 4.66 time in the forty yard dash, which led him to drop on draft weekend.

3-Cone Drill

Leon Hall 6.50 seconds
Mario Alford 6.64 seconds
...
Andrew Whitworth 8.23
Russell Bodine 8.26

Whitworth and Bodine were the only two Bengals with times slower than 8 seconds. In fact, they were almost two seconds slower than Leon Hall’s team best speed

The Bengals' roster is listed below with their combine results. They are grouped by positional category, and sorted by 40 yard dash time.

height weight 40 yard verticle jump long jump 20 yard shuttle 3-cone
Andy Dalton QB 6' 2" 215 4.93 29.5" 8' 10" 4.27 6.93
A.J. McCarron QB 6' 3" 220 4.94 28.0" 8' 3" 4.34 7.18
Keith Wenning QB 6' 3" 218 5.00 28.0" 8' 4" 4.25 7.07

Dalton seems to be the best athlete of the Bengals' quarterbacks.

htwt weight 40 yd 225 pound reps vertical jump long jump 20 yard shuttle 3-cone
Mario Alford WR 5' 8" 180 4.43 13 34.0" 10' 1" 4.07 6.64
Cedric Peerman RB 5' 9" 216 4.45 27 40.0" 9' 9" 4.29 6.99
Marvin Jones WR 6' 2" 199 4.46 22 33.0" 9' 4" 4.11 6.81
A.J. Green WR 6' 4" 211 4.49 18 34.5" 10' 6" 4.21 6.91
Giovani Bernard RB 5' 8" 202 4.53 19 33.5" 10' 2" 4.12 6.91
Jeremy Hill RB 6' 1" 233 4.66 20 29.0" 9' 5" - -
Mohamed Sanu WR 6' 1" 211 4.67 19 36.0" 10' 6" 4.22 6.88
Tyler Eifert TE 6' 5" 250 4.68 22 34.5" 9' 11" 4.32 6.92
Rex Burkhead RB 6' 1" 214 4.73 21 39.0" 10' 5" 4.09 6.85
Ryan Hewitt RB 6' 4" 246 4.87 - 33.0" 9' 1" 4.35 7.04
Tyler Kroft TE 6' 5" 246 - - - - - -
Brandon Tate WR 6 0" 183 - - - - - -


Alford wins the fast/shifty guy award, if such an award exists. It will be interesting to see if he can become an Andrew Hawkins type of receiver. Also of note, is that wide receiver A.J. Green did not stand out as rather spectacular in any category, but that has not prevented him from becoming an elite NFL receiver. Both Kroft and Tate were injured, and did not participate.

ht wt 40 yd 225 pound reps vert jump long jump 20 yrd shuttle 3-cone
Eric Winston OL 6' 7" 310 4.96 - 29.0" 9' 0" 4.44 7.47
Jake Fisher OL 6' 6" 306 5.01 25 32.5" - 4.33 7.25
Andrew Whitworth OL 6' 7" 334 5.15 28 30.5" 9' 4" 4.83 8.23
Russell Bodine OL 6' 3" 310 5.18 42 29.0" 9' 1" 4.66 8.26
Clint Boling OL 6' 5" 308 5.30 28 31.0" 8' 6" 4.64 7.66
T.J. Johnson OL 6' 4" 310 5.33 32 25.5" 8' 0" 4.74 7.83
Kevin Zeitler OL 6' 4" 314 5.39 32 29.0" 8' 5" 4.61 7.77
Andre Smith OL 6' 4" 332 - - - - - -
Cedric Ogbuehi OL 6' 5" 306 - 23 - - - -


Poor T.J. Johnson lags the team in just about every category. Andre Smith did not participate because he went AWOL. Ogbuehi was recovering from an injury. Bodine, the shortest lineman on the team, easily led the group in bench press.

ht wt 40 yd 225 pound reps vert jump long jump 20 yrd shuttle 3-cone
Margus Hunt DL 6' 8" 277 4.60 38 34.5" 10' 1" 4.51 7.07
Carlos Dunlap DL 6' 6" 277 4.71 21 31.5" 9' 3" 4.61 7.21
Michael Johnson DL 6' 7" 266 4.75 28 38.5" 10' 8" 4.37 7.42
Will Clarke DL 6' 6" 271 4.77 22 32.0" 9' 4" 4.57 7.26
Geno Atkins DL 6' 1" 293 4.85 34 33.0" 9' 9" 4.43 7.33
Wallace Gilberry DL 6' 2" 268 5.00 19 - - - -
Pat Sims DL 6' 2" 310 5.09 20 27.0" - - -
Domata Peko DL 6' 3" 307 5.25 25 28.5" 8' 7" 4.49 7.69
Brandon Thompson DL 6' 2" 314 - 35 31.0" 8' 4" 4.71 7.97
Marcus Hardison DL 6' 3" 307 - 27 - - - -


Margus Hunt is the team's "workout warrior", with a huge lead over the competition. Geno Atkins' combine performance was rather uninspiring, yet he's turned into one of the league's top defensive tackles.

ht wt 40 yd 225 pound reps vert jump long jump 20 yrd shuttle 3-cone
A.J. Hawk LB 6' 1" 248 4.65 24 40.0" 9' 7" 3.96 6.82
Rey Maualuga LB 6' 2" 249 4.91 23 - 8' 11" - -
P.J. Dawson LB 6 0" 235 4.93 21 28.0" 9' 1" 4.49 -
Vontaze Burfict LB 6' 1" 248 5.09 - 30.0" 8' 8" - -


If anyone wonders why the Green Bay Packers reached for A.J. Hawk in the draft, it seems that perhaps his great combine performance may have helped them make that decision.

ht wt 40 yd 225 pound reps vert jump long jump 20 yrd shuttle 3-cone
Leon Hall DB 5' 11" 193 4.41 15 37.5" 10' 5" 4.07 6.50
Josh Shaw DB 6 0" 201 4.44 26 37.5" 10' 10" 4.12 7.01
Shawn Williams DB 6 0" 213 4.46 25 36.0" 10' 0" 4.25 7.01
Darqueze Dennard DB 5' 11" 199 4.51 15 - - - -
Reggie Nelson DB 5' 11" 198 4.56 - 34.5" - - -
Dre Kirkpatrick DB 6' 2" 186 4.57 - 35.0" 10' 0" - -
George Iloka DB 6' 4" 225 4.66 20 34.5" 10' 4" 4.03 7.03
Adam Jones DB 5' 9" 187 - - - - - -
Derron Smith DB 5' 10" 200 - - - - - -


Jones had great numbers at his Pro Day, but opted to avoid working out at the combine.

There are a few Bengals who were not invited to the combine. Interestingly, the linebacker corps are highly represented, perhaps showing the Bengals’ philosophy at that position. Some current Bengals who were not at the combine in the year they were draft eligible include DL DeShawn Williams, LB Jayson DiManche, LB Marquis Flowers, LB Emmanuel Lamur, LB, Vincent Rey, TE C.J. Uzomah, WR Jake Kumerow, WR James Wright.