NFL Combine 2013 Invitees: Unheralded Players That Will Dominate Drills

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IFebruary 19, 2013

OXFORD, MS - SEPTEMBER 15:  Marquise Goodwin #84 of the Texas Longhorns runs upfield during the game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Oxford, Mississippi.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Marquise Goodwin didn't dominate the college ranks during his time at Texas, but the speedy receiver will make quite an impression at the NFL Scouting Combine. Goodwin isn't the only unheralded invitee who is set to crush the drills in Indianapolis this weekend, either. 

Last year, Dontari Poe shot up draft boards after he blew up the combine. He was eventually selected with the No. 11 overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, despite the fact that he failed to produce big numbers at Memphis.

So which lesser-known players will be this year's biggest workout warriors?


Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas

An Olympic long-jumper, Goodwin is a phenomenal overall athlete who will blow scouts away in Indy.

Via Bleacher Report's draft expert Matt Miller:

Goodwin's insane speed was on full display in Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl, and he also displayed an excellent set of hands, an incredible ability to change direction at the drop of a hat and the ability to make plays in the open field. 

The former Longhorns receiver will be among the leaders—if not the leader—in the 40-yard dash, and he's likely to post jaw-dropping numbers in the vertical jump, broad jump and three-cone drill. 

And although Goodwin wasn't particularly productive in college (just 120 catches for 1,364 yards and seven receiving touchdowns), it was clear from his performances during practice and the game at the Senior Bowl that he'll be a dynamo in the NFL in the right system.


Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern State

A small-school product that is just now starting to get the recognition he deserves, Williams was a three-time All-American who could post numbers similar to what we saw from Poe last year. The biggest difference between the two players is that Williams actually dominated on the field, too.

During his time at Missouri Southern, Williams tallied 27 sacks as a defensive tackle—a school record and an incredible showing from a defensive tackle. 

Extremely powerful both in his upper and lower body, Williams will surely post big numbers on the bench press and in both the vertical and broad jumps. If he can post a sub-five-second 40-yard dash time, Williams will be an enticing player near the end of Round 2. 


Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State

Another player who benefited from a strong showing at the Senior Bowl, Wheaton will set the track on fire in Indy.

Wheaton famously came in second place last May in a heated 100-meter race, finishing the race in 10.58 seconds. If you're not familiar with what's considered to be a good time in this event, it means he's fast

The Oregon State receiver is also an explosive athlete who will put up big numbers in both the vertical and broad jumps. 

Productivity wasn't an issue for Wheaton, either. He caught 91 passes for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns this past season with the Beavers, and after he dominates the drills in Indy, he'll likely be a lock as an early pick on Day 2. 


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