Have you ever heard of Arkansas Pine-Bluff football before? Well, after the 2013 NFL combine, you will have.
Small-school offensive lineman Terron Armstead turned heads with his record-setting 40-yard dash time on Saturday.
The 306-pound mauler recorded an official 4.71 seconds in the event (h/t NFL.com), adding to an already impressive offseason resume that included standout performances at both the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl.
Running fast in Indianapolis is just one of several ways to convince teams of your worth when auditioning for the sport’s biggest stage. Armstead capitalized, though, and will likely see himself selected on the second day of April’s draft.
What other small-school players are in Indy that must make big statements like he did? We’ll take a look at a couple below.
B.W. Webb, CB, William and Mary
There are a talented group of cornerbacks atop the 2013 NFL draft class of defensive backs. It’s surprising that small-school cornerback B.W. Webb has made a big enough impact to be considered a potential third-round pick in such a group.
That speaks volumes for Webb’s ability more than anything else. His great college career earned him a trip to the 2013 Senior Bowl, where he shined in practices and in game action.
CBS Sports’ Pat Kirwan pointed Webb out as one of four small-school standouts to watch in Mobile, comparing him to Atlanta Falcons DB Asante Samuel.
A spectacular combine performance could propel Webb to as high as the second round.
Tyrone Goard, WR, Eastern Kentucky
Wide receiver has typically been a position teams aren’t afraid to explore with small-school players. That gives Tyrone Goard, a projected seventh-round pick or undrafted free agent (h/t NFL Draft Scout), a leg up on other players in his situation.
One problem, though, is that there is no shortage of talented wide receivers in the mid-to-late rounds of the 2013 NFL draft.
His 6’4”, 205-pound frame and proven production, albeit at a small school, will be enough to interest teams. How he performs in Indianapolis will decide whether or not they take the chance on him with a late-round selection.
Miguel Maysonet, RB, Stony Brook
Alfred Morris of Florida Atlantic was ranked No. 34 out of all running backs. He ended up being the steal of the draft after the Washington Redskins liked what they saw of him at the NFL combine and took a late-round flier on him.
Does running back Miguel Maysonet have the potential to break out as a small-school back and make an impact at the next level? Whether he does or not, he’ll need to prove he measures up with the rest of this class with a strong showing in Indianapolis.
Maysonet, a 5’9”, 209-pounder from Stony Brook is currently slotted as a potential seventh-round pick and the 19th-best running back overall in this class. Remember it was lesser-known Michael Hill who stole the show at the Raycom All-Star Game in January, making the combine a vital performance for Maysonet’s draft hopes.
All pre-draft rankings, both past and present, used in this article were obtained from NFLDraftScout.com.