The 2013 NFL draft is fast-approaching, and each prospect will have multiple opportunities to maximize his stock before the April 25-27 event.The NFL Scouting Combine provides just that kind of needed platform.
The Texas Longhorns had three representatives at the combine in receiver Marquise Goodwin, defensive end Alex Okafor and safety Kenny Vaccaro, all of who could sniff early-round potential.
Goodwin shined early with a stellar 40-yard dash result, and Okafor was forced to miss a number of drills due to injury, but will perform during Texas' pro day on March 26.
Other notable 'Horns not invited to the combine include running back D.J. Monroe, tight end D.J. Grant and defensive tackle Brandon Moore.
*All statistics and measurables from www.nfl.com/combine
40-Yard Dash: 4.27 seconds
Bench Press: 13 reps
Broad Jump: 132 inches (11 feet)
Marquise Goodwin, the track star turned burner, posted the current best 40-yard dash time at the 2013 NFL combine with a blazing 4.27 seconds, three one-hundredths of a second behind Chris Johnson's 4.24 seconds mark in 2008.
The long jumper also recorded an 11-foot broad jump, four inches shy of Justin Hunter's combine-best mark. Tennessee Tech's Da'Rick Rodgers also posted an 11-foot jump.
Goodwin placed among the median performers in the bench press, but his brute strength is not what NFL teams will be looking for in the upcoming draft.
His routes aren't the most technical and flexible as even the average receiver, but his top-end speed and ability to get to the corner will make him a sensible option in the mid-to-late rounds in the draft.
40-Yard Dash: N/A
Bench Press: 21 reps
Broad Jump: N/A
A hip injury sustained at the Senior Bowl kept Alex Okafor from participating in the 40-yard dash and the broad jump, but he did turn in 21 reps in the bench press.
Though the physical numbers don't do him much justice, Okafor will have a chance to shine when Texas hosts its pro day. By then, the 6"4', 264-pound defensive end should be at 100 percent.
The file on Okafor is very much incomplete, but his tape speaks volumes for itself, including the 4.5-sack performance against Oregon State to end his career in Austin.
40-Yard Dash: 4.63 seconds
Bench Press: 15 reps
Broad Jump: 121 inches (10 feet 1 inch)
Vertical Jump: 38 inches
After record two very solid seasons over his junior and senior years at Texas, Kenny Vaccaro made a name for himself, and many NFL teams have taken notice.
His overall combine numbers aren't great and they aren't bad. Instead, Vaccaro's body of work, diversity and athleticism are standout characteristics that project him as a Day 1 selection.