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NFL Combine: What you need to know about the vertical jump

Houston Texans
22 Feb 2020, 18:02 GMT+10

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.

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