The 2013 NFL combine is inching closer and closer as we look ahead to the draft.
This year, nothing will change. Prospects scouts have already scouted will rise up draft boards like rockets after displaying "elite" athleticism and explosiveness, while some will fall based on a lackluster showing.
It's the nature of the beast. Some teams overrate a prospect's physical abilities while glossing over his character concerns, while others find diamonds in the rough later in the draft.
Here's a look at schedule information and prospects to watch at the 2013 NFL combine in Indianapolis.
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.
When: All workouts begin at 9 a.m. ET (per NFL.com)
Feb. 23 (tight ends, offensive linemen, special teams); Feb. 24 (quarterbacks, running backs, receivers); Feb. 25 (defensive linemen, linebackers); Feb. 26 (defensive backs)
Watch: NFL Network
Live Stream: NFL.com
Prospects to Watch
Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Jarvis Jones' health is the biggest question mark leading up to the combine. After being diagnosed with spinal stenosis in 2009, USC refused to clear him medically, leading to his transfer to Georgia.
He had two fantastic injury-free seasons with the Bulldogs and passed general medical tests on Wednesday (per Gil Brandt of NFL.com), but teams will likely conduct their own tests to get a better barometer of the 6'3", 241-pounder.
One thing's for sure: He has the pass-rushing ability and sideline-to-sideline range to light up the combine in Indianapolis.
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
You can't help but be captivated by Ezekiel Ansah's speed, athleticism and explosiveness off the edge. It has many comparing him to New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
But, like Pierre-Paul in 2010, Ansah is raw. Some believe that he's too raw with his technique to be a big-time player in the NFL.
But one look at Ansah at the combine will show just how much potential he has at the next level if he can learn the idiosyncrasies of the game.
Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
The good news for Alec Ogletree is that he possesses the size, athleticism, speed, instincts and versatility to be a game-changer at the next level.
The bad news is that he comes with durability and character concerns.
At Georgia, the 21-year-old was suspended four games for violating team rules and one game for stealing a scooter helmet (that is not a typo). He was also arrested for a DUI recently, per Pro Football Talk.
On top of that, he missed six games in 2011 with a broken foot.
Of course, there are teams that have a history of drafting athletic freaks with character concerns like the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens, so if Ogletree opens eyes with his explosiveness at the combine, his previous incidents may not matter as much.
Matt Barkley, QB, USC
Matt Barkley has a lot to prove at the combine.
After dipping a bit in 2012 after a spectacular 2011 campaign, concerns about his measurements and arm strength at the quarterback position have come to the forefront.
That's not to mention that Barkley's suffered a ridiculous amount of injuries with the Trojans. He bruised his throwing shoulder in 2009, sustained an ankle sprain in 2010, had surgery on his right wrist following the 2010 campaign and suffered a season-ending shoulder injury at the end of last season.
All told, Barkley had one complete season at USC in four years under center.
Scouts will undoubtedly be paying heavy attention to the 22-year-old at the combine.
Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Last but not least, we have Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant.
Trufant has skyrocketed up draft boards since Senior Bowl week, when he showed great strength, physicality, athleticism and ball-hawking ability. Coupled with the fact that he's the younger brother of Seattle Seahawks corner Marcus Trufant, scouts were calling him a first-round lock in late January (per Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net).
There are some concerns about his top-end speed, though, so it's going to be interesting if he can answer those questions.
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