The NFL Scouting Combine is where prospects either rise up draft boards or get taken off them.
And this 2013 combine was no different. Numerous players showed scouts what they're capable of in the annual "underwear Olympics."
Whether it be blazing 40 times or putting up 38 225-pound reps, there are always players who rise up into the first round just by their performance in the combine.
Dontari Poe is a perfect example. At last year's combine, 6'4'', 346-pounder Poe ran the 40 in 4.98 seconds and bench-pressed 225 pounds 44 times, which was the best in the 2012 combine. Poe's performance captured the eye of the Kansas City Chiefs' front office and coaching staff, enough to convince them to draft Poe 11th overall in the 2012 draft.
Accounting for players like Poe is an important part in any draft. Here is how the combine affects how teams view top prospects throughout the first round of April's draft.
Rumor has it that the Chiefs are interested in trading for Alex Smith, according to NBC Sports Pro Football Talk in an interview with NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
If that is the case, this wipes off all talk of Kansas City drafting a quarterback No. 1 overall.
In the same article, Rapoport described how interested Chiefs' personnel are in tackle prospect Luke Joeckel out of Texas A&M, mentioning that the Chiefs are "high" on Joeckel and his talents in this year's draft.
Joeckel ran the 40 in 5.30 seconds and bench-pressed 225 pounds 27 times. His performance at the combine wasn't necessary to label him as the top tackle prospect in this year's draft. All signs point to Kansas City drafting the 6'6'', 306-pound tackle.
Dee Milliner ran the 40 in a blazing 4.37 seconds.
That was enough to be second best among a very talented crop of cornerbacks this combine.
The Jaguars need desperate help at cornerback, and new head coach Gus Bradley understands the importance of having impact players at the position. Bradley is fresh from Seattle, where he coached Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, viewed as one of the best cornerback tandems in the league.
Milliner heads for surgery to repair his shoulder injury, but he is expected to be able to start right away in a secondary that will gladly accept his help.
Signs point to Richard Seymour not returning in Oakland. And with the recent arrest of Desmond Bryant bringing a halt to contract talks, the Raiders need desperate help on the defensive line.
Sharrif Floyd seems to be the name popping up after the unfortunate findings of Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei's heart defect, reported by ESPN.
Floyd weighs in at 6'3'', 297 pounds, which would make him an instant space-eater in the Raiders defensive line. His ability to get to the quarterback improves pressure from the DT position.
Floyd is a prospect capable of being a force at his position for years to come.
Philadelphia has not drafted an interior offensive lineman within the first five rounds of the NFL draft for 38 years, according to Philly.com.
The time is now for the Eagles to grab the best prospect in this year's draft, according to Mike Mayock in the same interview with Philly.com. The Eagles could solidify their offensive line for years to come.
With Jason Peters returning from an Achilles tear, Todd Herremans returning form a broken foot, Jason Kelce returning from a torn ACL, and Evan Mathis coming off his best year as a pro, adding Warmack makes sense. If Warmack is as good as everyone claims he is, Philadelphia could have one of the best offensive lines in the league when its components are healthy.
And Philadelphia general manager Howie Roseman knows that, as he says in his interview with Philly.com.
You're talking about a heckuva player there. A difference-maker. For us, we want to make sure we're evaluating the player and not downgrading them because of the position they play. We're going to stick to our definitions of the player and grade him appropriately.
The Eagles grab the "best player in the draft" for an offensive line that will be a force for years to come.
With Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril getting ready to hit free agency, the Detroit Lions need to find another defensive end to get after the quarterback.
Bjoern Werner performed very well at the combine. He measured in at 6'3'' and 266 pounds, ran the 40 in 4.83 and bench-pressed 225 pounds 25 times.
He was projected as a Top 10 pick before the draft, and his combine numbers solidify himself as a Top 5 pick if Detroit chooses him as their next pass-rusher.
Werner shows plenty of upside for not having played football as long as most players in the draft. Detroit could grab this exchange student from Germany and mold him into the next great Detroit lineman.
Simply put, the Browns need playmakers on offense other than Trent Richardson.
Brandon Weeden didn't have the best rookie season because he didn't have many options to throw to.
This is where Cordarrelle Patterson comes in. The wideout from Tennessee measured in at 6'2'', 216 pounds. With his big frame he was still able to run the 40 in 4.42.
Patterson comes in as the playmaker Cleveland needs opposite Josh Gordon. Giving the Browns another receiving threat means better growth for Weeden and more respect for Cleveland's passing game.
Arizona's biggest needs this offseason are tackle and quarterback.
Many people aren't sold that there is a franchise quarterback in this draft, but there is a plethora of tackles to choose from.
With Luke Joeckel already selected in this mock, Arizona finds its tackle in Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan.
Fisher measured in at 6'7'', 306 pounds. With that he was able to run a 5.05 forty and bench- press 225 pounds 27 times.
Fisher shows the feet and heavy hands necessary to be an elite left tackle in football. Arizona grabs him, and its offensive line becomes just a little less pitiful.
I was with new Buffalo defensive coordinator Mike Pettine for four years in Baltimore. He loves versatile defenders who allow his creative mind to mess with opposing quarterbacks. Jordan is a perfect fit for that role.
Jordan weighed in at 6'6'', 248 pounds. With that large frame, he was able to run a 4.60 40. Buffalo being a 4-3 might change with the hiring of Pettine from the Jets and their 3-4.
Jordan's ability to get after the passer will help Buffalo with whatever scheme it chooses to play.
The cutting of Calvin Pace leaves a blaring gap in the Jets' defense for a pass-rusher.
Jarvis Jones, widely viewed as the best pass-rusher from his college play, falls into the Jets' hands, and they waste no time grabbing the talented prospect.
Although Jones did not participate in the combine, his draft stock should not fall much. The only thing that would hurt him is if he ran a terrible 40-yard dash in his pro-day. And it does not look like that would happen with the burst Jones shows in game film.
New York grabs him up, ensuring another pass-rusher for its defense.
The Tennessee Titans have a great pair of tackles on their offensive line. And that's about it.
They desperately need interior help on the offensive line. With Warmack already drafted, the Titans get their man in Jonathan Cooper out of North Carolina.
Cooper weighed in at 6'2'', 311 pounds. He performed well at the combine, running a 5.07 40 and came in second-best in the offensive line group with 35 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.
Cooper shows his talent throughout the offensive line and becomes best friends with Chris Johnson by starting day one.
The Chargers desperately need offensive line help. Jared Gaither and Jeromey Clary simply did not get the job done.
Lane Johnson can be looked at as one of the risers in this draft.
Johnson was measured at 6'6'', 303 pounds officially at the combine. At that size and weight, he ran the 40 in 4.72, second-best by .01 among the offensive line group. He also had 28 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press.
Johnson is able to come in day one and improve an offensive line that had much to do with Philip Rivers' play the last couple of seasons.
Whether or not Brian Hartline leaves in free agency, the Miami Dolphins need wide receiver help.
Like the similar situation in Cleveland, Ryan Tannehill needs help from his wide receiver corps to improve his sophomore season.
Keenan Allen was viewed widely as the best receiver in college football until he went down with a sprained ligament in his knee. But all questions should be answered on his April 9 pro-day.
Allen displays the complete package needed in a wide receiver—soft hands, great route running and enough speed to get behind defenses. Being 6'2'', he pans out as a great red-zone target.
The Dolphins grab Allen, and he makes his impact felt, helping Tannehill take the next step in his sophomore season.
After the trading of Aqib Talib to the Patriots, it became evident that Tampa Bay needs to improve their cornerback corps this offseason.
Eric Wright, who signed a deal with the Buccaneers last offseason, was suspended and had to deal with injuries throughout the season.
Xavier Rhodes measured in at the combine at 6'1'', 210 pounds. That is fantastic size for a cornerback. With that size, he was still able to run an official 4.43 40 time at the combine, proving that he can keep up with elite speed receivers.
He shows great ball skills and is wiling to make any tackle asked of him. That's going to be very important in the Buccaneers' young defense.
Rhodes is able to come and help a secondary that desperately needs him from day one.
Recent reports from ESPN and Chris Mortensen are now saying that Utah defensive tackle found out after taking an echocardiogram test at the combine that he has a heart defect that will need more testing.
This is why Lotulelei falls a little. But he still ends up being a Top 15 pick to a team that desperately needs help at the defensive tackle position.
Lotulelei was unable to workout at the combine because of the heart defect, but if all things pan out the way he and the Panthers organization hope, it will be nothing major, and something they can control.
Lotulelei would become an instant space-eater in the defensive line, weighing in at 6'2'', 311 pounds. He is someone who would be able to apply pressure to the quarterback from the position.
New Orleans has always been on the lookout for young fast pass-rushers. With the 15th pick, the Saints don't need to look much farther than their own backyard.
Junior Galette and Martez Wilson are good young prospects, but they do not have the level of talent that Barkevious Mingo does.
The 6'4'', 241-pound Mingo shows great burst and speed on game tape. But don't believe that, believe his 40 time in the combine. Mingo ran the forty in 4.58 seconds, second-best among the defensive end group.
Although he figures to play more outside linebacker in the NFL, he would fit perfectly into New Orleans' heavy blitz defense. The Saints grab him and get another pass-rusher for years to come.
The Rams need to be able to improve their secondary this offseason.
With this pick of Kenny Vaccaro from Texas, they're able to.
Vaccaro is a 6'0'', 214-pound safety who isn't afraid to be physical. He played great whenever the Longhorns would play him up towards the line of scrimmage. But he also has great coverage and ball skills. He had 14 pass breakups the last two seasons to go along with four interceptions.
Vaccaro's aggressive play will come in handy to a Rams secondary that needs him.
Very surprisingly, the one-time best defense for getting after the quarterback tied for 15th best in the NFL this season.
The Steelers need help at the rush linebacker position. This is where Damontre Moore comes in.
Moore is another one of those hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker combos that are becoming more and more popular in today's game.
Moore weighed in officially at 6'4'', 250 pounds. He ran a a disappointing 40 time of 4.95 seconds, which is why he falls all the way to Pittsburgh at 17.
Even still, Moore does not show any lack of speed on game tape. The Steelers waste no time in grabbing the young player out of Texas A&M to add another weapon to their arsenal in that defense.
Dallas needs help at the interior offensive line positions.
So why not grab a guy who can do it all? Barrett Jones has played all over the place. He played at guard his first two years at Alabama, then kicked out to tackle his junior season, and moved back inside to center his senior.
He is someone who has proven over time to be durable and respectable in both run-blocking and pass protection. According to CBSsports.com, Nick Saban was very open to comparing Jones to Bruce Matthews. Matthews was a one-time ironman of the NFL and one of the very best to ever play offensive line.
With Keith Rivers and Chase Blackburn both set to become free agents, the Giants need help at the linebacker position.
Alec Ogletree who weighed in officially at 6'2'', 242 pounds, was able to run a 4.70 40 and bench-press 225 pounds 20 times. Ogletree did not lose stock stock with his performance at the combine.
But there is talk that his off-the-field-issues might be worrisome. But Tom Coughlin and his coaching staff view themselves lucky enough for having Ogletree fall to them and figure they can mold the young man into the linebacker they need.
Ogletree comes in and starts day one for a linebacking corps that desperately need his help.
Saying this very nicely, the Bears need to desperately improve their tight end corps.
Bears' tight ends combined last season for a total of 29 catches for 297 yards and three touchdowns.
Those numbers are mediocre for any starting tight end but downright depressing for a total corps.
Tyler Eifert performed exceptionally well at the combine. Weighing in at 6'5'', 250 pounds, Eifert was still able to run a 4.68 40 and bench-press 225 pounds 22 times. He was in the top five of every workout tight ends were put through at the combine.
Eifert shows great hands and the ability to block very well. The Bear faithful will go crazy about having a respectable tight end in their offense once again.
While Benjarvis Green-Ellis was able to get the job done, there was a certain flash and power missing in Cincinnati's running game. And some say he had the productive season he did mostly thanks to his offensive line.
Eddie Lacy is the next Alabama back to take the leap into the NFL and be drafted in the first round.
Lacy officially weighed in at 5'11'', 231 pounds at the combine. He has the build and the talent to be able to carry the ball 20 to 25 times a game. And although he won't be running away from players like Chris Johnson, he is capable enough to take one to the house from long yardage. He is a very shifty player who shows a lot of power in his running.
The Bengals believe in him, grabbing him at No. 21 to be their running back of the future.
With the Rams already addressing their need of a safety with their 16th overall pick, they come back and improve their offensive line by drafting D.J. Fluker out of Alabama.
Fluker weighed in officially at 6'5'', 339 pounds at the combine. With his frame, he ran a 5.31 and bench-pressed 225 pounds 21 times.
He has a frame that NFL strength coaches can't wait to work on. He can carry the 339 pounds on his body, but a leaner playing weight might be asked of him.
On film, he shows the heavy hands necessary for an offensive lineman in today's game. And also has surprisingly nimble feet.
St. Louis grabs him and pairs him up with Roger Saffold, and the Rams have the two bookends they need.
After the injury to Percy Harvin, it seemed that the only weapons Minnesota had were Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph.
So what's better than one Percy Harvin? You're right, two Percy Harvins.
Tavon Austin has been compared to Harvin throughout his collegiate career for his playmaking ability at the wide receiver position.
Austin weighed in officially at 5'8'', 174 pounds. He ran the second-best 40 among wide receivers with a blazing 4.34. He possesses a consistent ability to get behind defenses for long catches. He also shows soft hands and great ability in his route-running.
The Vikings grab him, and once Harvin comes back healthy, they have two receivers for defenses to worry about. Oh, and an MVP in the backfield in Adrian Peterson.
With multiple cornerbacks set to hit free agency, the Colts are going to need help at the position.
Jonathan Banks is the answer here at No. 24.
Banks weighed in officially at 6'2'', 185 pounds. With his exceptional size for a cornerback, he was able to run a 4.61 40. It's not as fast as scouts would like, but he plays faster than that on film and shows the ability to stick to wide receivers throughout routes.
Indianapolis gets a corner they can pair up with Vontae Davis, and their secondary becomes greatly improved.
Even though Seattle's defense seemed dominant at times last season, they still need a little help.
They can get even more lethal if they were to draft a defensive tackle in April's draft. This is where Sheldon Richardson comes in.
Richardson weighed in at 6'2'', 294 pounds at the combine. He also ran a 5.02 40 and bench- pressed 225 pounds 30 times. He shows great athleticism from the defensive tackle position, and enough push to be a consistent threat in being able to get after the quarterback.
Seattle grabs him at No. 24 and become a stingier defense than they showed last season.
They could use help at all three positions, and the best remaining offensive lineman is Larry Warford.
Warford weighed in at 6'3'', 332 pounds. He ran a 5.58 40 and bench-pressed 225 pounds 28 times. At his size, he shows very nimble feet for being a former basketball player. He has shown the ability to be a consistent blocking threat in both the running and passing games.
The Packers grab Warford at No. 26, and their offensive line becomes a little more complete.
Houston needs another playmaking linebacker next to Brian Cushing in the middle. There were times when Bradie James looked much slower than what would be expected of someone playing at his age.
Kevin Minter weighed in at 6'0'', 240 pounds. Minter ran a 4.81 40 and bench-pressed 225 pounds 25 times.
Even though he has just one complete season starting in the Tigers' lineup, he shows consistent ability in being able to fill lanes. His tenacity will show up numerous times throughout games on a defense that is already loaded.
The Texans grab Minter at No. 27 and ensure their linebacking corps as one to be reckoned with for seasons to come.
The Broncos are a team without too many needs throughout their roster.
But a position they could improve on is defensive tackle. Jonathan Hankins is the pick here at No. 28.
Hankins weighed in at 6'3'', 320 pounds. He ran the 40 in 5.31 seconds. Hankins is a force to be reckoned with in the run game and shows potential in being able to get after the quarterback. There were times where he did not come off the field for the Buckeyes because of how valuable he was in their defense.
Hankins comes in and helps a great defense become even greater.
It seemed that once Aqib Talib went down in the AFC Championship game against the Ravens, the Patriots' secondary looked helpless. And with Talib being a free agent, it seems that help at cornerback is the number-one position of need for New England this offseason.
Lucky for them, because Desmond Trufant had one of the best days out of the cornerback combine group. Trufant measured in at 6'0'', 190 pounds. He was able to run the 40 in a blazing 4.38 seconds and got up 16 reps at 225 pounds.
He shows great playmaking ability to go along with the quick feet he showed at the combine.
His performance at the combine and New England's need for a cornerback jumps Trufant into the first round.
Whether or not Tony Gonzalez retires or not, the Falcons have to be thinking about a replacement for the future Hall-of-Famer.
Zach Ertz is the answer here for Atlanta with the 30th pick.
Ertz has great size at the position, weighing in at 6'5'', 249 pounds. He ran a 4.76 40 and bench-pressed 225 pounds 24 times, which was second best among the tight end group.
He has reliable hands and is a complete tight end prospect who can block at the line of scrimmage.
He becomes the first-ever Stanford tight end to be drafted in the first round as the Falcons make him Tony Gonzales' replacement.
With Donte Whitner coming off a poor season, and Dashon Goldson getting ready to hit free agency, safety is a position of need for the NFC champion 49ers this offseason.
Elam weighed in at the combine at 5'10'', 208 pounds. He ran the fifth-best 40 among safeties with a time of 4.54. And he showed his strength by being able to get up 17 reps of 225 pounds at the bench press.
To go along with his great on-field emotions, he plays with a certain type of electricity and instincts needed at the safety position.
He would fit into the 49ers secondary perfectly, and that's why they make him the pick here at No. 31.
One of the most talked-about performances at the combine was that of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o. With cameras showing head coach John Harbaugh shaking his head while Te'o ran the 40, it doesn't look like he sees Te'o as the replacement for Ray Lewis.
Lucky for him, Kevin Reddick was there to display his talents.
Reddick weighed in at 6'1'', 243 pounds officially. He ran the 40 in 4.72 seconds and bench- pressed 225 pounds 23 times.
Reddick showed on game tape the explosiveness and consistency reading plays the Ravens need in their defense. He also has enough talent in rushing after the quarterback to make him an effective blitzer when needed.
Baltimore grabs Reddick with the last pick of the first round in April's draft as the replacement for Lewis.