Inspiring: NFL Draft Prospect Tears ACL At Combine, Completes Bench Press Drill Anyway

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While University of Southern California OL Andrew Vorhees suffered a torn ACL during Combine drills on Sunday, that wasn’t enough to stop him from giving his all in drills he could still complete.

On Tuesday, despite wearing a brace around his knee for his torn ACL, Vorhees participated in the Bench Press drill at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis and was able to put up a combine-high 38 reps.

Prior to the knee injury, Vorhees was projected by ESP’s Todd McShay to be drafted somewhere around the fourth round of this April’s NFL Draft.  While Vorhees’ injury is undoubtedly a blow to his young career, the grit and determination he showed to participate in the bench press drill will surely impress general managers across the National Football League.

So far, the star of the 2023 NFL Combine has been University of Florida quarterback Anthony Richarson, who has rocketed up draft boards to such an extent that there are now rumors he could be taken with the #1 overall pick by whichever team pulls off a trade with the Chicago Bears.

In this April’s draft, the Chicago Bears currently own the #1 overall pick, although reports indicate that the team is exploring trading the pick as they are committed to quarterback Justin Fields as the future of their franchise.

Following the Chicago Bears, the Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Seattle Seahawks (courtesy of the Denver Broncos via the Russell Wilson trade) round out the rest of the Top 5 picks. The 2023 NFL Draft will be held at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri, from April 27 to April 29.

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