Photographer Everett Dennison captures athletes warming up during IMG Academy's NFL draft preparation program (read the full story here). Players are tested for speed, strength (how many times they can bench press 225 pounds; short answer: a lot), jumping and agility. They are poked, prodded and scanned for injuries that many played with in college but never made public. They undergo the Wonderlic test (answer 50 questions in 12 minutes) to determine their mental acuity. They are psychologically analyzed and anatomically measured. Such is the scrutiny that even the size of a player’s hands can become a national story: This year, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow’s hands measured only 9 inches, leading Burrow to sarcastically post on Twitter that his career was over. (He’s still expected to be a top pick.)  Click through to see more.

Filed under
Show Comments