The highest jumps ever recorded, and the next closest
The NFL Scouting Combine has come a long way from when it first started in 1982. Gone are the days when college football players would show up and run drills for the first time while coaches with stopwatches would time them in relative obscurity. Today, athletes practice drills like bench press, 40-yard dash and vertical jump hundreds of times before arriving and having their performances featured in front of a national television audience.
This year is no exception. With the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine taking place Feb. 23-March 2 (on-field workouts are February 27-March 1) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, we decided to look back at some of the records set in individual categories. Here's a look at the vertical jump record, which measures how high a player can jump or leap, along with the next closest heights.
NFL Combine Vertical Jump Record
- 46 inches: Gerald Sensabaugh (2005) UNC, S
The East Tennessee State University safety bounced back from watching his program being disbanded his junior year to having a good senior season at North Carolina. At the Combine, the former Tennessee state long jump champion had a vertical of 46 inches on the nose, the best of all time. That performance led to Sensabaugh being drafted in the fifth round by the Jaguars. He played in Jacksonville and with the Dallas Cowboys for eight seasons.
- 45.5 inches: Cameron Wake (2005) Penn State, LB
- 45 inches: Chris Chambers (2001) Wisconsin, WR
- 45 inches: Chris McKenzie (2005) Arizona State, CB
- 45 inches: Donald Washington (2009) Ohio State, CB
- 45 inches: Chris Conley Georgia (2015) WR
- 44.5 inches: Byron Jones (2015) UConn, CB
- 44 inches: A.J. Jefferson (2010) Fresno State, CB
- 44 inches: Obi Melifonwu (2017) UConn, S
- 43.5 inches: Marcus Williams (2017) Utah, DB
- 43.5 inches: Speedy Noil (2017) Texas A&M, WR
- 43.5 inches: Jay Hinton (1999) Morgan State, RB
- 43.5 inches: Jerry Azumah (1999) New Hampshire, RB
- 43.5 inches: Kevin Kasper (2001) Iowa, WR
- 43.5 inches: Dustin Fox (2005) Ohio State, S
- 43.5 inches: Dorin Dickerson (2010) Pittsburgh, TE
- 43.5 inches: Kashif Moore (2012) UConn, WR