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NFL combine drills explained: Broad jump

The broad jump tests an athletes lower body explosion and strength.

Joe Robbins

The NFL combine features a variety of drills, but what do they all mean? Next we're going to explain the broad jump.

The broad jump will typically measure an athlete's lower body power and explosion, as they're asked to leap from a standing position as far as they can. The athlete is looking to explode out of a balanced stance and land in a balanced stance, as the jump does not count if they step forward after landing. Typically you're looking for 10' plus from pass rushing defensive ends in the drill, as it should show that they're physically explosive from a stand still.

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Andre Branch came in in the Top 5 at his position at the 2012 NFL combine at 120 inches, or 10 feet even. Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin was tops in the drill at 10'4" at the 2012 combine, while Tennessee Titans defensive end Kamerion Wimbley holds the record at 10'9".