NFL Combine 2013: Most Impressive Athletes from First 2 Days in Indy

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IFebruary 24, 2013

Feb 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (24) laughs while waiting to do the vertical jump during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has been one of the most impressive athletes at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, but he isn't the only prospect who has blown scouts away with elite athleticism.

The NFL is full of word-class athletes, so it's imperative for would-be stars to separate themselves from the pack at the combine.

Workout warriors don't always get taken high in the draft, but the combination of solid game tape and a dominant performance at the combine has a tendency to vault players up draft boards.

Here are the most impressive athletes at the combine this year, through the first two days of action.


Cordarrelle Patterson, Wide Receiver, Tennessee

Patterson was fast on the track on Sunday, running an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.37 seconds and an official time of 4.42 seconds. 

There were guys faster than him, but combined with his prototypical size (6'2" and 216 pounds) and his 37-inch vertical jump, he is an athletic freak who will excel in the NFL.

Patterson's ability to leap up and catch balls at their highest point will make him a dangerous red-zone threat, and his ability to stretch the field vertically makes him a threat to go the distance on any given play. 

The best thing about Patterson is that he isn't just a workout warrior who doesn't have any good tape to back his game up. He totaled 1,858 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns at Tennessee last season, scoring touchdowns as a receiver, a runner, a kickoff returner and a punt returner.

Before the combine, he was widely considered a potential top-15 pick, and now that he has proven to be an elite athlete, he could go in the top 10. 


Terron Armstead, Offensive Tackle, Arkansas Pine-Bluff

If you aren't an NFL scout or someone who attends Arkansas Pine-Bluff, you probably had never heard the name Terron Armstead before the combine.

Armstead blew the hinges off the event on Saturday, posting a record-breaking time in the 40-yard dash (4.71 seconds) and impressive numbers all around. 

He led all offensive linemen with a 34.5-inch vertical jump and tied for fifth place among his peers in the broad jump. 

Many have postulated that Armstead's amazing combine performance could vault him into Round 1 of the 2013 NFL draft, including NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah. I'm skeptical that he'll go that high, but his athleticism is undeniably impressive.


Geno Smith, Quarterback, West Virginia

Of all the quarterbacks in the 2013 NFL draft class, Smith is the one most likely to be taken No. 1 overall, should the Kansas City Chiefs use that pick on a quarterback.

Smith helped his cause on Sunday, posting top marks in the 40-yard dash, vertical and broad jumps.

He led all quarterbacks with a 4.59-second 40-yard dash, came in second behind E.J. Manuel in the vertical jump with 33.5 inches and led all quarterbacks in the broad jump with 124 inches.

Smith also looked great throwing the ball—especially with deep throws—and cemented himself as the No. 1 quarterback prospect in this year's draft class.


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