The 2013 NFL combine has come and gone, and some players helped themselves, but others really hurt their draft stock with poor performances. As we get closer to the draft, every piece of information becomes more vital, and the combine is a poor place to have a bad day.
Sometimes the combine workouts confirm what we have seen on film, good or bad. A workout can give us a glimpse of something that doesn’t show up on film. It’s a small part of the evaluation, but it can be an important part.
If the NFL draft process is like a 1,000-piece puzzle, the combine amounts to a few critical pieces. Bad performances can leave teams with a nasty impression, and it’s hard to work through that impression, as there isn’t enough time between now and the draft. Players still have their pro day workouts, but sometimes the damage can be too great for players to overcome.
Whether it was a bad day, a previous injury or simply a player's weakness getting exposed through the process, the following players had poor performances that hurt their draft stock.