Max Scharping
No. 74 – Cincinnati Bengals
Position:Offensive guard
Personal information
Born: (1996-08-10) August 10, 1996 (age 26)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:327 lb (148 kg)
Career information
High school:Green Bay Southwest (WI)
College:Northern Illinois
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 3x First team All-MAC
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2021
Games played:47
Games started:33
Player stats at · PFR

Max Scharping (born August 10, 1996) is an American football offensive guard for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Northern Illinois, and played high school football at Green Bay Southwest High School.

College career

Coming out of Green Bay Southwest High School, Scharping chose Northern Illinois out of approximately ten scholarship offers.[1] He started four years at NIU, mainly playing tackle positions on either side of the offensive line but sometimes playing offensive guard as well.[1] Scharping made First-Team All-Mid-American Conference his sophomore (2016), junior (2017) and senior (2018) seasons.[2] Analysts noted his strength as a strong suit in college play.[3] Scharping was invited to the 2019 Senior Bowl after his senior season; he only stayed at school to win the MAC championship, a goal which he accomplished.[4]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 5+78 in
(1.98 m)
327 lb
(148 kg)
33+58 in
(0.85 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.69 s 7.77 s 28.0 in
(0.71 m)
9 ft 0 in
(2.74 m)
27 reps
All values from NFL Combine[5]

At the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, Scharping made 27 reps on the bench press.[2]

Houston Texans

Scharping was selected by the Houston Texans in the second round (55th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[6] After starting the year as a backup, he was named the starting left guard in Week 3, and started the final 14 games.

Scharping was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on October 28, 2020,[7] and activated on November 10.[8]

On August 30, 2022, Scharping was waived by the Texans.[9]

Cincinnati Bengals

On August 31, 2022, Scharping was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals.[10]


  1. ^ a b Venci, Scott. "NFL draft: Three FRCC football players hoping to be selected". Green Bay Press-Gazette. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b Helwick, Steve. "019 NFL Draft Profile: Max Scharping, OT, Northern Illinois". Hustle Belt. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  3. ^ Fornelli, Tom. "NFL Draft 2019: The most underrated player at each position that you should want your team to take". CBS Sports. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  4. ^ Edholm, Eric. "NIU's Scharping hits Senior Bowl with NFL aspirations". Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Max Scharping Combine Profile". Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  6. ^ Wilson, Aaron. "Texans draft Northern Illinois tackle Max Scharping in second round". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (10-28-20)". October 28, 2020. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  8. ^ Williams, Charean (November 10, 2020). "Texans remove Max Scharping, Whitney Mercilus, Dylan Cole from COVID list". Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  9. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (8-30-2022)". August 30, 2022.
  10. ^ "Bengals Roster Moves: Practice Squad Announced". August 31, 2022.