The offensive linemen hit the weight room today as the NFL Scouting Combine workouts got underway, and a center who’s not considered one of the top prospects did show that he’s the top lifter.
Syracuse center Ryan Bartholomew was the leader, with 34 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.
A three-year starter and team captain at Syracuse, Bartholomew is viewed as a likely late-round pick or undrafted free agent, but his bench press performance might open a few eyes. If nothing else, being the strongest offensive lineman at the Combine suggests that Bartholomew (pictured holding 193-pound teammate Alec Lemon) takes his strength and conditioning work seriously.
Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder, who’s widely regarded as the best offensive lineman in the draft, reportedly turned in a disappointing showing, with just 21 reps. There’s been talk that the 6-foot-8, 319-pound Solder ought to bulk up, and his bench press numbers would seem to support that assertion.