NFL Combine 2013: Prospects with Disappointing Performances on Day 4

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 24: A group of players look on during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 24, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The NFL Scouting Combine is a chance for lesser-known players to rise up draft boards. However, a few prospects hurt themselves with poor performances on Sunday.

Day four of the 2013 combine featured workouts for quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. While this year's class is full of talented linemen on both sides of the ball, everyone loves to see the skill players perform.

Tavon Austin, Marquise Goodwin, Onterio McCalebb and Knile Davis all saw their stock go up after impressive 40-yard dash performances. Other players impressed teams in various drills.

Unfortunately, this group of men likely saw their draft stock drop after the combine.


Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford

On a day where players ran blazing fast times at every position, Stepfan Taylor was less than impressive.

The Stanford running back ran a 40-yard dash in 4.76 seconds, which was one of the slowest times at the position. While he seems faster on the field, this number will certainly be on the back of anyone's mind before drafting him.

To make things worse, Taylor also struggled to show off his strength. He only finished with 17 reps on the bench press, which is something that he should have done well.

Taylor is the type of player that can thrive in the right environment in the NFL, but he did not help himself on Sunday.


DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

Entering the combine, DeAndre Hopkins had a chance to be one of the top receivers selected in the draft.

It no longer seems like that is a possibility.

Hopkins was known as a deep-threat at Clemson this season, but he only ran a 4.57 in the 40-yard dash. This was 0.3 seconds behind leader Marquise Goodwin and 0.23 seconds behind Tavon Austin, a top competitor for his spot on draft boards.

While the former Tigers star has more size than Austin, he was nowhere near as dynamic on Sunday.

A mark of 36 inches in the vertical jump is decent, but it is not enough to warrant a first-round pick.

Too many people seemed to pass him on the day for it to be considered a success.


Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma

After last season, many believed Landry Jones had the potential to be taken in the first two rounds.

Unfortunately, he decided to return to school and now is unlikely to be selected in the first two days of the draft.

In the drills, the quarterback did little to differentiate himself from the other players at his position. 

Scouts know he has a strong arm, but it was not any better than the rest of the class.

He also hurt himself by showing his lack of athleticism. His 40-yard dash time of 5.11 seconds was the worst among quarterbacks at the combine.

There is too much film of him struggling against top defenses. Jones needed to impress while in just gym shorts, and he did not do that in Indianapolis.