NFL Combine 2013: Biggest Surprises So Far from Indianapolis

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIFebruary 24, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 23: Manti Te'o of Notre Dame speaks to the media during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The first three days of action from the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine are in the bag, and it's been mixed results so far for the draft hopefuls from Indianapolis.

Some guys have chalked up big numbers in the weight room and on the track, whilst others have impressed in their press conferences or measurements. There's also been a huge number of guys who have been somewhat disappointing at the combine—failing to live up to the expectations put upon them.

Read on to see the biggest surprises so far from the 2013 NFL combine.


Manti Te'o Solid at His Press Conference

One of the biggest stories heading into the combine was that of Manti Te'o, and how the linebacker could perform after his whole "fake girlfriend" story.

With one of the biggest interviews from the media seen at the combine, Te'o did incredibly well not to delve into anything other than football, he kept his focus on what he was at the combine to do and didn't break down or lose composure at any time.

His ability to put "the incident" behind him and concentrate on what was ahead no doubt earned him several bouts of confidence from those at the combine and will now allow him to be judged solely on his numbers coming out of the scouting event.

Te'o was in a tough position to gain anything from the combine. With a strong press conference and good numbers throughout the week, though, he might just do so. 


Tyler Eifert Even Better Than Promised?

Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert came into the 2013 combine as the top-rated prospect at tight end and a likely mid-to-late first-round selection.

However, with very strong numbers throughout the weekend—particularly in comparison to the rest of the draft class at tight end—Eifert not only consolidated himself as the best TE prospect, but might well have moved up the boards in many people's minds as a result.

Eifert posted the third-quickest 40-yard dash time, second-most bench presses, second-highest vertical leap, second-highest broad jump, second-quickest 60-yard shuffle and the fastest three-cone drill time out of any tight end at the scouting combine.

The Fighting Irish may well have done himself a huge favor here.  


Eric Fisher's Numbers Not All That High

The Central Michigan offensive lineman came into the 2013 combine as arguably a top-five prospect and a genuine candidate to be the top overall pick here. However, the numbers and performances he churned out from Indianapolis weren't that impressive in comparison to those of his peers, with Fisher a long way from claiming a successful combine at Indianapolis.

Fisher went 5.05 in the 40-yard dash and only completed 27 bench press reps, with many expecting more from the Central Michigan star here.

Whilst guys like Lane Johnson were dominating with their athleticism and winning over fans as a result, expect Fisher to be frustrated at the numbers he posted here. It might not affect him in terms of the draft overall, but his numbers here were certainly a surprise to many.


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