WATCH: Georgia captain Jamaree Salyer hits bench press goal, wows NFL scouts

Senior Jamaree Salyer gave Georgia an invaluable piece up front with with his ability to play any of the offensive line positions. SEC Portal photo
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INDIANAPOLIS — Jamaree Salyer flexed the sort of power that has made him one of the most elite offensive linemen over the course of his four-year career at Georgia on Friday night.

Salyer pumped out 31 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press at the Indiana Convention Center, site of that drill at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Boston College lineman Zion Johnson has been the only player at the 2022 NFL Combine to do more (32).

“I think I’m a very heady and knowledgeable player,” Salyer said. “I have had questions about all five positions. Everyone likes to put me in that box of inside guys, but because of quote-unquote ‘lack of athleticism.’

“But I played in the SEC four years, a good four years, and I’ve only given up two sacks to great players.”

Salyer said Alabama’s Will Anderson beat him for a sack on Stetson Bennett in the SEC Championship Game when he was at tackle, and the Tide’s Christian Harris got by him when he was at guard in the CFP Championship Game.

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Salyer said he has also been working on his ability to play the center position, which would increase his NFL draft stock even more.

“It’s just becoming a well-rounded player,” Salyer explained. “I’ve been working on snapping a lot. I work on it every single day in practice. I make sure it’s in my tool bag.”

Salyer didn’t do any other drills at the NFL Combine on Friday, saying he’s going to do them at the UGA Pro Day on March 16.

“I’m just recovering my body, I have many games on my body plus the Senior Bowl,” said Salyer, who took part in the annual All-Star event in Mobile, Ala., in January.

“I’m going to save many drills for the Pro Day just to give my body a full chance to recover and put my best product out there.”

Top Recent Georgia NFL Combine performances in Bench Press

(Through 2011 NFL Combine)

• Cornelius Washington 36 reps

• Orson Charles 35 reps

• Chris Mayes 33 reps

• Justin Anderson 32 reps

• Jamaree Salyer 31 reps

• Cordy Glenn 31 reps

• Ben Cleveland 30 reps

• Justin Houston 30 reps

• Arby Jones 30 reps

• Nick Chubb 29 reps

• Ben Jones 29 reps

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