Powerful Players at the 2015 NFL Combine

Below is a list of the best shot putters invited to the NFL Combine.  Why is this important?  Because, the ability to throw the shot put is a great indicator of short area power and footwork.  Typically shot put ability transfers over well to the football field, particularly for linemen and linebackers. 

There are many examples of great players with outstanding performances in the shot put. Two of the best offensive tackles of all-time, Jonathan Ogden and Joe Thomas (still playing) are examples. Both Ogden and Thomas threw the shot put in excess of 60 feet in both high school and college.  

Super Bowl champion and Patriots defensive tackle, Vince Wilfork, was a state champion shot putter in high school and threw in college at Miami.  Arguably the best guard in NFL history, John Hannah, was a state champion in the shot put and discus and was an SEC champion in the shot put. Even Junior Seau, was a 56’08” shot putter in high school along with excelling at basketball.  Keep an eye on some of names on the list below as they are sure to make an impact at the Combine and in the NFL.

All data compiled, organized and authenticated by TrackingFootball.com. 

Top Track & Field Throwers at 2015 NFL Combine

Conference College Last First Position Shot Put
Big Ten OHIO ST BENNETT MIKE DT 64′ 11″
Pac-12 WASHINGTON SHELTON DANNY DT 60′ 01″
Big Ten IOWA SCHERFF BRANDON OT 59′ 06″
Pac-12 UCLA MCCARTHY ELLIS DT 58′ 08″
ACC FLORIDA ST JACKSON TRE OG 57′ 08″
Pac-12 STANFORD ANDERSON HENRY DE 57′ 02″
Big 12 OKLAHOMA THOMPSON TYRUS OT 55′ 06″
Pac-12 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TAVAI J.R. LB 55′ 04″
Big 12 TEXAS REED CEDRIC DE 54′ 04″
SEC FLORIDA GARCIA MAX C 54′ 02″
Pac-12 ARIZONA ST DOUGLAS JAMIL OT 53′ 00″
Independent NOTRE DAME BRINDZA KYLE K 52′ 03″
MAC TOLEDO MANCZ GREG C 52′ 01″
SEC ALABAMA DICKSON XZAVIER LB 51′ 02″
Division I-FCS NORTH DAKOTA ST EMANUEL KYLE DE 51′ 02″
Big 12 OKLAHOMA WILLIAMS DARYL OT 50′ 10″
ACC CLEMSON JARRETT GRADY DT 50′ 06″
Big Ten IOWA DONNAL ANDREW OT 49′ 08″
ACC NC STATE CRISP ROB OT 49′ 04″
ACC FLORIDA ST EDWARDS MARIO DE 49′ 03″
SEC FLORIDA HUMPHRIES D J OT 48′ 09″
Big 12 TEXAS BROWN MALCOM DT 48′ 08″
Pac-12 UCLA ODIGHIZUWA OWA DE 48′ 07″
SEC FLORIDA ORR LEON DT 48′ 05″
SEC MISSOURI MORSE MITCH OT 48′ 05″
Big Ten PURDUE RUSSELL RYAN DE 48′ 01″


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All shot put performances from high school