Over his final two seasons at Boston College, Mike Mamula amassed some impressive numbers. The defensive end recorded over 150 tackles and nearly 30 sacks in two seasons and was seen as a legitimate NFL prospect. The former Eagle seemed bound for the third round entering the NFL Combine, but that was before he turned in perhaps the most noteworthy pre-draft workout ever.
The 6-foot-4, 252-pound Mamula wowed scouts with his speed, strength, agility and intelligence. Mamula ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds, bench pressed 225 pounds 26 times, displayed a vertical leap in excess of 38 inches, and reportedly answered 49 of 50 questions correctly on the Wonderlic test. As a result, the Philadelphia Eagles traded their first-round pick (12th overall) and two-second round picks for the right to draft Mamula with the seventh overall selection.
While Mamula’s NFL unremarkable career certainly fell short of his pre-draft hype, one cannot argue that he had perhaps the most famous and influential combine performance of all time.