The NFL Scouting Combine is one of the last and most important chances players get to showcase their talents for NFL scouts. Over the years, we have seen many players’ draft stocks rise dramatically because of their combine performances.
Most recently was Stephen Hill, current wide receiver for the New York Jets. Before the combine, Hill was a decent prospect expected to go in the third or fourth round. However, after running the fastest 40-yard dash out of any receiver at the 2012 combine, Hill was selected in the second round.
Leading up to the 2013 draft, this will be the last chance for many players to prove their worth as NFL hopefuls.
For a guy like Matt Barkley, this will be huge. A year ago, Barkley probably would’ve been a first-round pick, but instead he stayed in school and had a stock-crumbling senior season.
With this year’s shaky quarterback class and many passer-needy teams, he could redeem himself as a first-round talent. Barkley, amongst others, will have to open some eyes if they hope to reach the NFL.
Here are five players who definitely need a strong showing at the combine.