NFL Combine 2013: Athletes Who Will Steal the Show in Indianapolis
The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine from Indianapolis is underway, providing league scouts, coaches and executives with a in-depth look at some of the best college football players on the planet.
But while interviews, tests and medical exams are a big part of the combine, the most athletic invitees are sure to separate themselves from the pack through a variety of workouts and measurements set to begin this weekend.
Below we'll highlight some athletes who are sure to stand out in Indy.
Ezekiel Ansah, BYU, DE
You won't find a defensive end with a better frame than Brigham Young's Ezekiel Ansah. Born in Ghana, the 6'6", 275-pound star began running track at BYU before joining the football team a couple of years ago.
Not only is Ansah quick, but he's strong and incredibly athletic for a player his size. He can play three or four different positions on defense and make a huge difference as a special teams performer as well.
Expect Ansah to turn out some impressive performances at the combine, as well as some eye-popping measurements. There may be more NFL-ready defensive ends at the combine this February, but few as athletically gifted as Ansah.
Marquise Goodwin, Texas, WR
Texas' Marquise Goodwin is not just a topflight college wide receiver, he's also an Olympian. Goodwin won the long jump at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and the went to London this past summer, where he finished 10th in the event.
Not the result he was looking for, but impressive nonetheless.
Combine viewers can expect Goodwin to put up a strong time in the 40-yard dash as well as post an excellent jumping mark.
Despite his athleticism, Goodwin is relatively undersized by NFL wide receiver standards, meaning he will really have to excel this weekend in Indy in order to convince an NFL team he's worth an early-round selection.
Lane Johnson, Oklahoma, OT
Which athlete will generate the most buzz at the combine?
Lane Johnson is as athletic as offensive lineman come. The former quarterback, tight end and defensive end has finally settled in at offensive tackle, where he excels as a fast-moving 300-pound stud.
At 6'7", Johnson possesses the prototypical height for an outside protector. But what sets him apart from the average offensive tackle is his quickness. Don't be surprised when the Oklahoma star runs a sub-5-second 40-yard dash at the combine. He's certainly capable.
He may not be projected to go quite as high as Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan's Eric Fisher, but Johnson is every bit the athlete those two are at 6'7", 300 pounds. His footwork and speed for a player his size is well above average
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