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Why the vertical jump is such an important combine drill

Source: SportingNews.com

While the actual results of vertical jumps shows how high players can leap, that’s really only valuable for wide receivers and their jump-ball ability. The vertical, however, is perhaps the best test of raw explosiveness at the Combine.

For offensive and defensive linemen, the vertical can show knee bend and stand-still power generation. For pass-rushers and running backs, explosiveness is of the utmost importance, and the vertical (along with the broad jump) can be the best indicator of that initial burst. The two jumps arguably are the most important parts of the Combine for running backs and pass-rushers.

These are the NFL's vertical jump leaders since 2006. Check out the youth athletes who have performed the best vertical jumps and see how they stack up on the Hero Fuel Y1ACT Leaderboard.

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