NFL Combine 2013: Players Who Are First-Round Locks After Strong Showing

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIFebruary 26, 2013

MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 26:  Margus Hunt #96 of the North squad pursues Terrance Williams #2 of the South squad during the Senior Bowl at Ladd Peebles Stadium on January 26, 2013 in Mobile, Alabama.  The South won the game 21-16.   (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine showed many things this year, but it's already shown us several players who are absolute locks to be first-round picks.

They might have been on the edge of being a first-round selection, or they might not have even been on the radar at all, but with strong showings in front of the top scouts in the league, several players showed that they are worth nabbing in the opening round of the 2013 NFL draft.

Who are these players and what did they do at the combine to make them such locks for first-round status?

Marquise Goodwin, Wide Receiver

Texas Longhorns wide receiver and former United States track star Marquise Goodwin showed that he is definitely worth the hype after posting some incredible numbers at the 2013 combine—starting with his blistering official time of 4.27 in the 40 yard dash.

Unofficially, Goodwin broke Chris Johnson's record with a 4.21 dash to leave many scouts wowed—especially given the numbers he then posted in the broad jump, with 132 inches the second-best from any receiver who auditioned in Indianapolis.

Goodwin showed that he is more than just a track star, though, with a strong day at receiving drills. He showed that he can be a great slant runner who has the ability to get separation seemingly at will, and becomes a great Percy Harvin-esque option for teams looking to the NFL draft.

Look for Goodwin to go easily in the first round.

Matt Barkley, Quarterback

Twelve months ago, USC quarterback Matt Barkley was the undisputed top prospect in the country and a lock to become a future star of the NFL. Yet up until recently, some of the top draft experts didn't even have Barkley going in the first round, with both Geno Smith and Tyler Wilson ahead of him.

Barkley didn't run, jump or leap at all in Indianapolis, but what he did do was assure teams that he is more than capable of filling the role as a veteran quarterback with strong and confidence-building answers throughout his media interviews.

From the one-on-ones that he did to the entire horde of reporters, Barkley showed that he was mature and everything that teams are looking for in years down the track. He was clear and confident—much like 2012 Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III was in his interview last combine.

It is little surprise, therefore, that Barkley is being touted as a top 10 selection. He is now an absolute lock to go comfortably in the first round of the 2013 draft.

Margus Hunt, Defensive Line

Few defensive linemen can run a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash; even fewer can do it possessing the measurements and all-round skills that Hunt does.

A former world junior record holder in discus throw, Hunt backed up his blistering 40-yard dash time with a staggering 38 reps in the bench press to lead all defensive ends. Those type of numbers simply haven't been seen by defensive ends at the combine before—not in the same person, anyway—and his draft stock will definitely rise up the boards as a result.

Hunt measured in at 6'8" and 277 pounds as well.

He was clearly the best player at any position from the combine and should be a first-round draft pick because of it.

Who do you think made themselves first-round picks at the combine?

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