Who are the strongest players on the Minnesota Vikings current roster?
Every year at the NFL Combine, NFLers-to-be are asked to bench press 225 pounds, and each man is graded on how many repetitions he puts up. This, of course, is not the end-all of strength much like a 40-yard dash is the not one-and-only determinant of speed.
But the “bench reps” measurement is a decent barometer to evaluate, generally-speaking, how strong of a player the drafting team is adding to its roster.
The all-time combine record was recorded in 2011 when a meaty defensive tackle out of Oregon State put up 51 reps. His name was Stephen Paea, and he was selected by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The New Zealander would go on to play in 83 NFL games but never became a household name.
In recent memory, nose tackle Linval Joseph is the strongest man via the bench press metric to play for the Vikings. Linval threw up 39 bench press reps at the 2010 NFL Combine. Of players that the Vikings drafted, defensive tackle Chris Hovan can be classified as the strongest of the last two decades with his 35 reps at the 2000 NFL Combine.
As for the 2020 roster, here are the six strongest men ranked from strong-to-strongest. Additionally, this is comprised of players that will most likely make the 53-man roster.
Disclaimer: This is intended to be informative and fun; this is not an endorsement to reorganize the depth chart.