NFL Draft 2013: Big Names We Can't Wait To See Work Out at NFL Combine

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIFebruary 24, 2013

Feb 22, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday we saw the offensive linemen and tight ends workout at the NFL combine, but on Sunday we'll get an opportunity to see the skill position players perform.

I was amazed to see guys like Arkansas Pine-Bluff's Terron Armstead and Oklahoma's Lane Johnson shine on Saturday, but it'll be nothing compared to the show the smaller guys put on Sunday.

Some little-known prospects will surely grab headlines with great feats of athleticism, but there are a few big names who will have all eyes on them.


Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin—1,830 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns in 2012

Ball was a Heisman trophy finalist as a junior, but he returned to Madison as a senior. After a slow start and brutal attack near the Badger's campus (per Yahoo! Sports), Ball put together another strong season.

Ball is known as a tough, between-the-tackles runner, but an impressive 40-yard dash time could do wonders for his draft stock. No one is expecting him to run a 4.3 40-yard dash, but if he can crack the 4.5 mark, Ball could find himself in the first round.

Surprising speed coupled with his college production would make him even more enticing to NFL general managers.

Ball is one to watch on Sunday.


Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M—417 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012

After his college career started with a good amount of fan fare, injuries took away some of his momentum. Michael started his resurgence as a prospect at the East-West Shrine game, and it continued this week at the combine.

Per, Michael showed up for weigh-ins at an impressive 5'10", 220 pounds.

If Michael does well in the drills, he will continue to improve his draft stock.


Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia 

Smith is the consensus choice as the top quarterback in the draft.

He has already produced amazing statistics on the college level, but this will be the next step in proving he deserves to be the first quarterback taken—and perhaps the first player taken overall.

He is considered an above-average athlete, and he could validate that thought with a solid performance at the combine.

If he produces an impressive 40 time and throws the ball well in drills, he could solidify his spot as perhaps the draft's best prospect.


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