Evan Engram is but one of a handful of former Ole Miss Rebels attending this week’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis, and on Friday he performed the bench press workout at the world’s worst job interview. Engram completed 19 reps of the 225 lbs. bench press rep test, the eighth-highest performance of the day in the tight ends position group (Nebraska’s Cethan Carter also scored 19).
Nothing about this should be all that noteworthy, of course, but for the fact that non-NFL personnel (read: football fans) were admitted to watch the event. NFL scouts and staffs are by nature very cagey people, so they were predictably not pleased with having to share the space with hoi polloi.
Was told "nobody is happy" on #NFL staffs that fans are present during combine bench press. Upset at fans screaming at players during drill.— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) March 3, 2017
That’s understandable, given the high-intensity atmosphere of the Combine and the microscopic scrutinizing of draftees’ strength and conditioning. Which prospect specifically drew the most vocal reaction from those in attendance, you ask? It just so happened to be a rangy tight end out of Oxford, Miss., home of the University of Mississippi.
We brainstormed some possibilities for whatever the hell was lobbed at Engram in the day’s hectoring, though we’re sure the reality is far more colorful:
- “WHY DON’T YOU GET THE BAG MAN TO SPOT YOU?”
- “CAN YOU SPELL THE OLE MISS COMPLIANCE OFFICE’S EMAIL ADDRESS WHILE YOU LIFT ALL THAT WEIGHT?”
- “HOW MANY STACKS OF CASH CAN YOU BENCH, BRO?”
- “DAK PRESCOTT DID IT BETTER #HAILSTATE.”
- “THE BROWNS HAVE BEEN UNDER A BOWL BAN FOR YEARS, MY DUDE.”
Keep the dream alive, everybody.