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NFL Combine 2013: Players Who Will Boost Draft Stock in Indy
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Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore has an opportunity to make himself a lot of money at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, provided he puts up monster numbers in some key events.

Moore isn't the only player who will boost his draft stock in Indianapolis this upcoming week, either. 

Every year, a few players make an indelible impression on scouts, coaches and general managers by demonstrating exceptional athletic abilities, and this year is no different.

While teams don't normally draft a player purely because he looks good in shorts, a dominating combine performance will cause teams to take a closer look at the tape to see what kind of player might emerge.

Here are three players who are ready to set the combine on fire.

 

Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

Moore is an intriguing prospect that scouts can't seem to agree about. 

Mel Kiper has Moore as his No. 2 overall pick in his latest mock draft (Insider protected), while Mike Mayock doesn't see him as a top 10 pick. 

What can't be denied is Moore's productivity in college. He improved every year for the Aggies, posting 26.5 sacks and 45 tackles for a loss in three seasons, including last year's 12.5-sack performance.

Moore is viewed as a guy who is quick, athletic and productive, but not necessarily a freak athlete. A big showing in Indy would change that perception. If he posts a sub-4.6-second 40-yard dash time and some impressive numbers in the vertical and broad jumps, Moore will likely be a top five pick in the 2013 NFL draft.

 

Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

Rhodes is a big, physical cornerback (6'2" and 217 pounds) who has a chance to become the top cornerback of this year's draft class when the dust settles in a couple of years.

A three-year starter at Florida State, Rhodes brings plenty of experience to the table too, and he posted impressive numbers during that time, including eight interceptions and 31 passes defended.

Rhodes has a chance to become an elite cornerback in the mold of Richard Sherman, but teams will not be eager to take him early in the draft if he doesn't display elite speed. 

If Rhodes posts a sub-4.5-second 40-yard dash time and looks good in positional drills, he'll vault into the discussion as a potential top 20 pick. 

 

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

There is already a huge buzz around Patterson, and he has yet to wow scouts with his pure speed on the track in Indy. 

Patterson didn't come close to matching the production of Terrance Williams, DeAndre Hopkins or Tavon Austin last year, and he only has one year of Division I experience under his belt.

The reason scouts are drooling over this kid is that he possesses elite athleticism, speed and a catch radius that makes quarterbacks cry with joy.

At 6'3" and 205 pounds, Patterson will be a burner for his first year or two in the NFL as he learns how to become a professional route-runner, but as we know, speed is a prized commodity. 

Most mock drafts have Patterson going at the earliest to the Miami Dolphins with the No. 12 overall pick. Should he log a sub-4.40-second 40-yard dash time, he could vault into the top 10.

 

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