Originally Posted by wogitalia
Height would be top of my list, with the exception of a very select couple of positions you use the top of your head or the height of your head for nothing or incredibly infrequently at best (QB an exception obviously). Standing reach and wingspan are far more important to me. In several positions where leverage matters, being shorter is often an advantage.
After that... bench press at the combine. It's an endurance measurement in an explosive strength based sport. A single rep or even 3 rep test would give a far better indicator of football related strength and even then it would be a pretty poor representation. The combine bench press would be the equivalent of replacing the 40 with a 2 mile run.
Tackles almost certainly are the worst stat, they give you very little information in isolation.
QB height can be overvalued, i agree it is better to be 6'4"..but there have been shorter QBs that have had sucess...BUT when heigh is brought into the scenario like "OMGZZZ QB A is 6'6" with a rocket arm...." i think sometime it is just overvalued or atleast over emphasized.
But i never actually thought about the Bench Press like that, having played football most of my younger life and still work out ...being able to bench so 225 lbs 2-3 times i FAR less impressive than being able to do it 20 times.
I guess a 2-3 max would be a better indicator of actual strength, like a DT that can do 650 lbs 2 times would show alot more than him being able to lift 225 20 times.