The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine has been a big opportunity for players to move up draft boards heading into April's draft.
While we have seen disappointing performances from players like Manti Te’o, there have been others that have shined.
For a guy like Tavon Austin, this was a big opportunity to show teams that he is one of the top athletes in this year’s class, and that’s exactly what he did. Austin has certainly made waves with his combine performance, but is just one of many who impressed.
Here are three players who have been the combine’s best performers so far.
Terron Armstead, OL, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
The 6’5”, 306-pound lineman shocked everyone when he ran an unofficial 4.65 in the 40-yard dash.
Terron Armstead had an official time of 4.71; a slightly slower, yet still impressive time. He also put up big numbers on the bench press, tallying 31 reps of 225 pounds.
Armstead has since risen up draft boards—and for good reason. He has demonstrated that he possesses the speed and power to excel at the position, and with some coaching he could develop into a great offensive lineman.
Who had the best combine performance?
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
The former Irish tight end was expected to perform well at the combine, and has done just that.
Tyler Eifert displayed great athleticism with his 35.5” vertical leap as well as a 4.6 40-yard dash. When it comes to top tight ends in the draft, Eifert had seemed to be bunched together at the top with Zach Ertz of Stanford and Gavin Escobar of San Diego State.
However, since his combine performance, it seems as though Eifert has pulled ahead of the pack and is now the top-seeded tight end.
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Tavon Austin lit up the combine with one of the fastest 40-yard dashes of this year’s combine.
His unofficial time was 4.25, but it was later announced that his official 40-yard dash time was 4.34. Regardless, it’s clear the kid is fast.
He was largely considered to be a second day pick, but after his performance at the combine, it is just as likely he will hear his name called on the first day of the draft. Besides showcasing his speed, Austin also bench pressed 225 pounds 14 times; an impressive mark for a 174 pound receiver.
Austin's performance has only bolstered his argument for being worthy of a first-round pick.
*All stats about the NFL Scouting Combine are from NFL.com