NFL Draft 2013: Highlighting the Most Anticipated Showings at the NFL Combine

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2013

BRADENTON, FL - JANUARY 23:  Linebacker Manti Te'o of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish works out at IMG Academy on January 23, 2013 in Bradenton, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine will host many football stars on the rebound.

The biggest storylines of this combine have much to do with actions off the field, as Manti Te’o, Tyrann Mathieu and Alec Ogletree will talk to the media for the first time in an NFL landscape.

Questions will be asked, and every move on the field will be documented, as these three, among others, will be in the spotlight all week.

Two of these players make up the most anticipated performances of NFL combine weekend. So which three players will have all 32 teams, and the TV networks watching intently? 

Scroll down to find out.


Tyrann Mathieu

Tyrann Mathieu will be considered as “damaged goods” to some NFL teams. In fact, most will likely cross him off their draft boards.

A few NFL teams, though, will see through the trouble and recognize the talent. When you have the goods in the National Football League, somebody is always willing to take a chance. Not saying it’s the smart move, but high-risk, high-reward picks can be gold nuggets depending on the situation.

The embattled LSU star was arrested in Baton Rouge for marijuana possession along with other ex-LSU players. Chalk up another incident to Mathieu’s clouded drug history, having failed multiple tests throughout his career.

It will not be an easy weekend, as he'll have to answer questions about his past and more. How Mathieu handles the media, and how he stacks up against fellow NFL prospects, will be the ultimate driver of his draft stock.


Ezekiel Ansah

Labeled as the next Jason Pierre-Paul or even Julius Peppers (see above) by many, Ansah is an odds-on favorite to be a workout warrior at this year’s combine and shoot up draft boards.

The 6’5”, 270-pound behemoth has the look of a quarterback-destroyer with some coaching. He’s only been playing organized football since 2010, yet he racked up 13 tackles for losses in his senior campaign.

Ansah will get his first chance to demonstrate the lofty comparisons first-hand. If they prove true, Ansah will be a fast-riser and guarantee himself a Top 20 selection.


Manti Te’o

Te’o will finally get to focus on football at the NFL combine. Well, once he gets through media interviews.

The Notre Dame star linebacker will have to answer tough questions about his actions off the field, while answering those other questions on the grass. He had a disappointing showing in the National Championship game that knocked his stock down, but that game seems ages ago.

An up-close look at his measurables and NFL ability should turn some opinions of Te’o back towards a positive light.

Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow his sports musings and random life observations on Twitter.