The 2013 NFL draft is getting interesting as some prospects are putting on exemplary performances at this year’s scouting combine.
Success there won’t guarantee a prospect a boost in his draft stock, but some teams might give him a second look after turning heads in Indianapolis.
While athletic ability is huge plus, successful football skills are best measured on a football field; not in a 40-yard dash or three-cone drill.
Still, some mid-round prospects maybe have performed well enough at the combine to warrant another look from teams.
Here’s a list of some of the top performers through Sunday’s combine excitement.
Matt Scott, QB
Athletic ability for a quarterback is becoming more and more sought after at the NFL level. Luckily for former Arizona QB Matt Scott, he ranks among the best of this class in that department.
Scott ran the third-fastest 40-yard dash of all QBs on Sunday and set the best-ever mark for the 20-yard shuttle run by a QB with a 3.99-second performance.
He wasn’t too shabby in the passing drills either, according to CBS Sports’ Rob Rang:
The ball explodes out of his hand on short and intermediate throws. Several caught receivers by surprise during the gauntlet drills with how quickly they arrived.
It wasn't all good for Scott, however, as his accuracy tailed off on deeper throws. Also, while Scott demonstrates plenty of arm talent, his footwork can be a bit inconsistent. He didn't consistently step into his throws Sunday.
Terron Armstead, OT
Small school players have to do everything that they can in order to stand out. Arkanas-Pine Bluff offensive tackle Terron Armstead stood out far ahead of his peers by running a blazing 4.71-second 40-yard dash on Saturday.
Armstead, ranked as a potential third-round pick and 10th-best offensive tackle in this class, could be moving up boards after his performance.
He wasn’t just rock solid on his sprint, either. Armstead put up 31 reps on the bench press (eighth for OL) and leaped 9’4” in the broad jump (fourth for OL).
Drills went well, too, for the 6’4”, 306-pound lineman. Russ Lande of NationalFootballPost.com commended his movement ability, balance and explosiveness.
Da'Rick Rogers, WR
Da’Rick Rogers, ranked as the 11th-best wide receiver in this class and projected to be selected in the second or third round, may have helped ease concerns about his past transgressions with a strong combine performance.
Rogers shined in nearly all of his events, despite running a disappointing 4.52 40-yard dash. He finished No. 2 in a tie with Marquise Goodwin in the broad jump with an 11-foot leap. The vertical jump was more impressive for the 6’2” wide receiver. He tied Justin Hunter and Marcus Davis with a 39.5-foot jump.
Overall, Rogers’ combination of size, speed and athletic ability will make him an excellent target at the next level.
All pre-draft rankings and projections used in this report are according to NFLDraftScout.com’s prospect rankings.
All combine results and records were obtained from NFL.com/combine.