Quarterbacks are usually the big draw, but the first three days of the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine produced noteworthy performances worth mentioning before everyone gets QB crazy.
Most of the athletes have yet to have their turn, but these early performers have stolen the show to this point.
Tyler Eifert, TE
It wasn’t too big of a surprise when Eifert walked into the combine in Indianapolis and wowed everyone. The former Notre Dame tight end was widely believed to be the best pass-catching TE in this class, and he solidified those thoughts with his performance.
Eifert ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds, the fourth-fastest time for a tight end. CBS Sports’ draft analyst Rob Rang admitted he was surprised, having previously doubted Eifert's burst off the ball.
He was pretty spectacular elsewhere, too. Eifert’s 35.5-inch vertical leap and 11’9” broad jump were second-best among his peers.
Terron Armstead, OL
Former Arkansas-Pine Bluff offensive lineman Terron Armstead shocked us all with a blazing but unofficial 4.65-second 40-yard dash. His official time was 4.71 seconds, according to NFL.com.
The 6’5”, 306-pounder wasn’t done. He continued to impress, putting up 31 reps on the bench press to demonstrate his combination of power and speed.
NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah said he wouldn’t be shocked if Armstead rose all the way to the first round after his big day.
Lane Johnson, OL
Highly touted Lane Johnson did nothing but improve his draft stock by beating the previous 40-yard dash record for offensive linemen, clocking in just slower than Armstead at 4.72 seconds.
In addition to his 40-yard dash time, Johnson recorded a 34-inch vertical leap and a 9’11” broad jump, giving him a solid performance. While his numbers weren't as impressive as Armstead's, he performed well above his peers in positional drills and created a good amount of buzz as a result (h/t Daniel Jeremiah).
Johnson, believed to be on the fringe of being drafted in the first round of April’s draft, likely solidified that standing with his performance in Indianapolis.
All NFL Scouting Combine results used in this article were obtained from NFL.com.