Few traits are coveted by the NFL more than pure athleticism. The combination of tools by which athleticism derives is more complex than just determining the fastest players. Speed is definitely a common attribute for the superior athlete, but there's so much more to be considered.
A dominant athlete needs to have a high degree of body control and coordination in addition to explosive muscle fibers, agility and flexibility. The best athletes possess these qualities at an elite level. Furthermore, these traits must be observable on a football field and not just be known by way of a stopwatch in shorts and a T-shirt.
Through both watching film and considering a prospect's general versatility, I attempt to isolate some of this year's most promising athletes.
These are the guys who often have NFL scouts drooling all over their stopwatches. After all, every general manager and coach knows athleticism cannot be taught or learned; you either have it or you don't. The more athletic you are, the more the NFL desires your services.
In order to represent a wide range of positions in this slideshow, athleticism is relative to body mass. This gives us the opportunity to talk about some of the more athletic big men in the country.