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Odds on Fastest 40 Time, Most Bench Reps, Eisen’s 40 and More Drills at 2020 NFL Combine

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in NFL Football

Feb 7, 2020 · 11:07 AM PST

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Who will run the fastest 40? Who will bench press the most reps? Photo by Jacob Hallett (Flickr)
  • Prop wagers released relating to the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine
  • Odds include he fastest 40-yard dash and the most reps in the bench press
  • The Combine is slated to begin Feb. 23rd at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis

The Super Bowl is barely in the books, and the NFL Combine is upon us.

Who will go the fastest? Who will lift the most? What will Rich Eisen’s 40 time be?

All of these questions will be determined Feb. 23rd-March 2nd when the event takes place at Lucas Oil Field, home to the Indianapolis Colts.

The NFL Scouting Combine is as much about performance as it is a made-for-TV event, designed to launch the two-month long hype leading into the NFL Draft. In fact, this season, the key events such as the 40-yard dash and bench press are being moved to afternoon and prime time slots during the day in order to draw an even greater audience.

You can elevate the stakes of watching by wagering on some of the drills at the event.

2020 NFL Scouting Combine Props

Drill Outcome 1 (Odds) Outcome 2 (Odds)
Anyone breaks Jon Ross’ 40 Record (4.22 seconds) No (-1000) Yes (+500)
Fastest 20-Yard Shuttle Faster than 3.88 seconds (-120) Slower than 3.88 seconds (-120)
Fastest 40 Time Faster than 4.29 seconds (-125) Slower than 4.29 seconds (-115)
Fastest 60-Yard Shuttle Faster than 10.81 seconds (-120) Slower than 10.81 seconds (-120)
Highest Vertical Jump Higher than 11’5″ (-120) Lower than 11’5″ (-120)
Most bench press reps Less than 38.5 reps (-120) More than 38.5 reps (-120)
Rich Eisen’s 40 time Faster than 6.01 seconds (-120) Slower than 6.01 seconds (-120)

Odds taken Feb. 7th

Is Ross’ Record Safe?

It should be noted that in the early days of the combine, when coaches simply timed the players via hand-held stopwatches, the legend that is Bo Jackson was clocked running his 40 in 4.12 seconds.

Since the event became more official, Ross established the mark to beat of 4.22 seconds in 2017. Ross ran so hard that he strained a calf muscle and had to pass on participating in some of the other testing drills.

Prior to Ross, future Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson set the standard of 4.24 seconds.

At last year’s combine, Ole Miss defensive back Zedrick Woods posted the fastest time. He ran the 40 in 4.29 seconds.

Woods wasn’t selected in the 2019 NFL Draft. He signed as a free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars but announced his retirement from football just prior to the start of training camp.

Pick: No (-1000).

Will Anyone at Combine Get Under 4.29?

Watch out for Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor. The Big Ten player of the year is also a track star who’s run 4.32 for the 40. Taylor also has stopped the clock in 10.49 in the 100-meter dash.

Auburn wide receiver Anthony Schwartz has a 4.27 40 on his resume. He’s also the Boy’s Under 18 World Record Holder in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.15 seconds.

Pick: Faster than 4.29 (-125).

Doing the Heavy Lifting

The bench press is to power what the 40 is to speed. In NFL Scouting Combine history, all other competitors look in earnest toward Justin Ernest.

A defensive tackle for Eastern Kentucky, Ernest benched 51 reps of the 225-pound weight. No other player in the history of the event has reached 50. Only 17 players have managed to go over 40 reps.

Pick: Less than 38.5 reps (-120).

See Rich Run

One of the traditions of the NFL Scouting Combine is the annual 40-yard dash of NFL Network host Rich Eisen.

It’s a charity event that Eisen began to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. He’s helped raise more than $1 million for the cause.

Eisen owns a personal best of 5.94 seconds in the 40. When he started back in 2005, Eisen was clocked in a dismal 6.77 seconds.

He finally got under the six-second barrier in 2014. The next year was when he set his PB.

Eisen ran 6.02 seconds in 2017 and was timed in 5.97 seconds in 2018.

Last year, he stopped the clock in an even six seconds. He’s no spring chicken, though. Eisen hit the big five-oh last year. He’ll turn 51 on June 24.

Getting under 6.01 seconds will prove too much for him.

Pick: Over 6.01 seconds (-120).

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