Jordan Roos wasn’t invited to make the quick drive down to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine.
If he had gotten an invite, it’s likely that the former Purdue offensive lineman would’ve set the bar in at least one category.
At Purdue’s pro day on Tuesday, Roos recorded a whopping 41 bench press reps. That was six more than anybody (Utah’s Isaac Asiata and Auburn’s Carl Lawson) at the combine.
Offensive lineman Jordan Roos did 41 reps on the bench press at Purdue's pro day. Jason King did 35. The best OL at the Combine did 35.
— Mike DeFabo (@MikeDeFabo) March 7, 2017
What fueled Roos’ impressive mark?
He told the Journal and Courier that he and fellow former Boilermaker Jason King were on a 7,000-calorie diet with five protein shakes and three meals for nine weeks leading up to the combine.
They also trained twice a day six days a week. That led to Roos gaining 14 pounds while losing three percent body fat.
“You’ve got to have some flash and something that kind of sets you out from others,” Roos told the Journal and Courier. “I didn’t want to be in the middle of everybody — that wasn’t my goal. It was just saying, ‘Hey, this is what the benchmark is, this is what guys have done historically, so let’s attack that and go on past it.”
There were reportedly 31 scouts and one coach in attendance in West Lafayette to watch Roos and his teammates.
Perhaps that showing will help Purdue, which didn’t have a player invite to the combine, continue its steak of 20 straight years with a player drafted.