We're still over a month away from the NFL Scouting Combine, but time flies by during the NFL season and before you know it, the Super Bowl champion will be crowned and we'll be just over two weeks away from one of the most exciting events of the offseason.
Every year, there are players that make quantum leaps up the draft board with impressive showings at the combine and sometimes earn themselves some serious cash in their rookie contract.
In 2011, it was Julio Jones who had one of the more attention-grabbing performances. He was among the top performers in the 40-yard dash, broad jump, and 60-yard shuttle. The Alabama receiver moved his stock from a mid first-round pick to lock as a top-10 selection—he was eventually selected sixth overall by Atlanta.
Stephen Paea's record 49 reps on the bench press was enough to warrant early second-round attention and of course, DeMarcus Van Dyke's top showing in the 40-yard dash motivated the Raiders to draft him rounds ahead of where he was projected.
Which 2012 draft prospects can boost their stocks in the way that these players did a year ago? Read on to find out.