Ohio State cornerback Kendall Sheffield reportedly tore his pectoral muscle Sunday during the bench press drill at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.
According to witnesses, Sheffield was in his seventh rep at lifting 225 pounds when he screamed in pain and had to stop. The Houston Chronicle, Sheffield’s hometown newspaper, reported that the injury was a torn left pectoral.
That’s the same injury sustained by center Billy Price last year in the bench press at the combine. Price’s injury required surgery, which prevented him from working out for teams before the draft. The Cincinnati Bengals were undeterred by that and selected him in the first round with the 21st overall pick.
Sheffield is regarded as a mid-round pick, but his speed could allow him to rise on draft boards. NFL.com named him college football’s fastest player before last season.
He was a three-time Texas high school state champion in track and broke the Ohio State and French Field House indoor 60-meter record in 6.663 a year ago.
Sheffield was expected to run in the 4.3-range in the 40 at the combine and possibly flirt with a 4.2 time.
Sheffield, who originally signed with Alabama, signed with Ohio State after attending Blinn junior college in Texas. He was part of the Buckeyes’ three-cornerback rotation the last two years. Sheffield was honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2018 after leading Ohio State in pass breakups with 10.
He had one year of eligibility remaining when he decided to enter the NFL draft after he had perhaps his best overall game in the Rose Bowl.
Sheffield was scheduled to talk with reporters late Sunday afternoon, but did not meet because of the injury.