Vereen's Bench Press Highlights His Day at NFL Combine
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  02/28/2011

Feb. 28, 2011

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INDIANAPOLIS - Shane Vereen was the first of four former Cal football players at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine to go through the physical portion of the event on Sunday. Vereen was impressive in the bench press with his 31 repetitions of the 225-pound weight the second-highest total among running backs. He was also listed among the top performers at his position in the 40-yard dash (8th, 4.50), 60-yard shuttle (9th, 11.58) and 3 cone drill (11th, 6.95).

On Monday, DE Cameron Jordan and LB Mike Mohamed will perform in front of more than 600 NFL personnel from all 32 teams present, including head coaches, general managers and scouts. S Chris Conte will be the final Cal player to participate in the event and will go through his workouts with one of two defensive back groups on Tuesday. NFL Network is providing nearly around-the-clock television coverage of the event. Visit for additional coverage from the NFL.

The first of more than 300 combine participants started arriving last Wednesday. The groups arrive in waves and are put through a series of tests, interviews and measurable drills including the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle.

Workouts begin each day at 9:00 a.m. EST/6:00 a.m. PST.

The combine is one of the key tools used by NFL teams in preparation for the NFL Draft, which will take place Thursday-Saturday, Apr. 28-30 from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Cal has made a strong showing in the NFL Draft over the years with 25 former Cal players being selected in the first round, including the only two first-round picks from the Pac-10 in 2010 with the selections of DT Tyson Alualu (10th overall, Jacksonville Jaguars) and RB Jahvid Best (30th overall, Detroit Lions). The Bears have had six first-round picks and 32 overall selections since Jeff Tedford became the team's head coach in 2002.