Along with the vertical, the broad jump is a great indicator of explosiveness and lower-body strength. Starting from a standing position, players can only swing their arms to generate force from a flat-footed position.
In addition to showing raw explosiveness, this drill displays a prospect's hip flexibility and balance. The ability to generate power from the lower half and through the hips is crucial for offensive linemen (especially centers) and defensive linemen because it shows they can get ample hip flexion and rise from their stance with force.
Additionally — and this is true of all prospects — the landing of the broad jump requires body control and balance, giving prospects who can explode from a stand-still with control a distinct advantage.
Here's the leaderboard of the best broad jumps from NFL prospects since 2006. We've got our own leaderboard that ranks the performances of the top youth athlete in the country. Check it out at the Hero Fuel Y1ACT Leaderboard.
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