Sharrif Floyd's draft stock is at an all-time high after he posted excellent numbers at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Monday.
Floyd isn't the only player who will see a bump in his stock after impressive workouts, either.
The combine is just one of the tools scouts use to determine the worth of a prospect, though. Workout warriors have long-proven to be fool's gold, but players with the game tape to warrant consideration as a high draft pick and who then blow up the combine are treasured above all else.
These players have bolstered their already high stock by leaving no doubt about their physical prowess.
Note: All combine information courtesy of NFL.com
Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
During NFL Network's live coverage of the combine, Warren Sapp couldn't stop talking about this young man.
Floyd has been one of the fastest risers over the course of the past month or so. Just last month, many mock drafts had him as a low-to-mid first-round pick, and then a couple of weeks ago some of the experts in the industry started mocking him in the top five.
Then, the combine.
Floyd didn't participate in all the drills, but what he did was impressive. He posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.92 seconds, which was faster than the time Texas A&M's Damontre Moore—a 6'4", 250-pound defensive end—was able to put up.
He also put up respectable numbers in the vertical and long jumps, but the real treat was watching this big man move in the positional drills. At 6'3" and 297 pounds, Floyd's ability to move his feet and change direction was jaw-dropping.
He'll be an absolute terror as a three-technique tackle in the NFL, and barring an unforeseen tragedy, he's a lock as a top-five pick.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Despite the fact that there are a number of receivers in this year's draft class who were more productive in 2012, Patterson has been widely considered as the top player at his position in the 2013 NFL draft for the past month or so.
That's not to say that Patterson wasn't productive last year—he was. Totaling 1,858 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns, this young man displayed game-breaking speed, vision and after-the-catch abilities that have had scouts drooling.
Patterson's combine numbers and field-drill performance did nothing but elevate his stock.
This 6'2", 216-pound athletic freak put on a show, running the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds (sixth-best amongst his peers), posted a 37-inch vertical jump (tied for fifth) and a broad jump of 128 inches (sixth-best).
When you combine these impressive numbers with his ability to make defenders miss in the open field—as a runner, a receiver and a special-teams ace—you have the makings of a truly special offensive weapon.
Don't be shocked if Patterson doesn't make it out of the top 10 this April.
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
This phenomenal player hasn't been getting the recognition he deserves this winter. Many scouts have been touting Stanford's Zach Ertz as the best tight end in this year's draft class.
Ertz didn't hold a candle to Eifert this weekend in the drills, and it's clear that Eifert is more than just a talented receiver: This young man is an athlete who has the speed, agility and short burst to become a dangerous weapon in the NFL.
Eifert participated in every single drill, posting top-five marks in all of them. His 40-yard dash time of 4.68 seconds means he isn't a true burner, but it's fast enough.
Even more impressive is the way Eifert showed up in the three-cone and shuttle drills. He proved that not only is he fast enough, but he's quick enough and has the change-of-direction skills necessary to separate from defenders at the next level.
Eifert's best quality is that he has strong, soft hands, which were also on display at the combine. He'll be an instant starter in 2013, and after his dominant performance at the combine, he's a lock as a first-round pick.
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