This year's top running back prospect, Alabama's Eddie Lacy, didn't work out at the combine, which opened the door for the players who did take the field to bolster their standing in the backfield pecking order.
Knile Davis of Arkansas took full advantage of that opportunity.
Not only did Davis reel off a 4.37-second 40-yard dash time, but the 227-pounder also performed very well in the bench press, doing 31 reps of 225 pounds.
Davis' stock was in need of a boost following a very disappointing 2012 season in which he rushed for only 377 yards and gained only 3.4 yards a carry.
Part of Davis' struggles may be due to the ankle injury that ended his 2011 campaign, and Davis has to show scouts that he's more the 2011 version that rushed for over 1,300 yards and less last year's back that failed to perform.
However, Davis is also going to have to improve his lateral quickness to succeed in the pros. That's an area in which Davis struggled both at Arkansas and the combine, where he finished 15th in the short shuttle.
Still, a back with his combination of size and speed will undoubtedly appeal to some NFL teams, and if Davis can back up his strong combine with a good pro day Jonathan Bales of The Dallas Morning News thinks Davis could move as high as the third round.