Moments of tension, stress and sheer nerves, the NFL Scouting Combine can be both an athletes' best friend and worst enemy. Dubbed the "Underwear Olympics" for its designation to test true athleticism rather than actual football skill, the event has the capability to slingshot a player from relative unknown to potential star in a matter of hours.
Last year's event gave us Dontari Poe and Stephen Hill, each of whom, despite incomplete film, skyrocketed up draft boards after spectacular performances in marquee individual drills and testing. A year later, a new group emerges to challenge the record books and leave lasting impressions in the minds of NFL scouts and general managers.
Wise evaluators ultimately realize the tape is the DNA of a prospect's overall football ability. Still, the combine can be used as a tool to reaffirm and cross-reference what you have seen on film or to distinguish between two similarly graded prospects.
The NFL Scouting Combine has become one of the most anticipated events for both fans and teams alike because of its flare for the dramatic and moments of suspense.
Here are the fifteen players I believe will conquer Indy next month, walking away as the biggest winners leading into the 2013 NFL draft.