Look guys, its pretty simple. In Jack's interview with Shawn, they talked about Pau Gasol not needing to jump really high cuz he was so tall. Why would a guy like Reggie Bush, who has a 41 inch standing vertical, ever need to jump high anyway?
Also, the comparison between NBA draft prospects standing verticals to the NFL draft prospects verticals is ridiculous. This year, the highest NBA standing vertical was 32 inches. Check it out on draftexpress. John Wall had a 39 inch running vertical, while I recall about 15 NFL players had over 40 inch STANDING verts.
There are 350 lb defensive tackle rookies in the NFL that jump over 35 inches. That's just ridiculous. It's no secret that these guys are strong as hell. Maybe the numbers we hear aren't right but still, they're a lot stronger than NBA players. That is why they jump higher. THEY ARE STRONGER!!!!! (with a good rate of force development of course... powerlifters cant get 10 inches off the ground.)
VerticalJumping.com Comment Nice post but also basketballers have a lot more aerobic energy needs too which has to contribute, plus the certain type of athlete that makes it to the NFL is going to have a certain body type that lends itself to being strong and powerful otherwise they wouldn't have made it to he NFL draft.