2013 NFL Draft

NFL Combine 2013: Players Who Earned the Most Buzz in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Manti Te'o of Notre Dame runs the 40-yard dash during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIFebruary 26, 2013

The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is a great opportunity for scouts to witness first hand the prospective players coming through the ranks for the year ahead.

Fitness drills and player drills combine to give teams around the league the opportunity to scout, grade and analyze potential draft picks later on in the season, with the combine standing as one of the biggest opportunities a player has to leave his mark on NFL scouts.

Obviously, there were some big winners and big losers from Indianapolis, and plenty of talk grew around certain players following the combine.

Which players generated the most buzz in Indy? Read on and find out.

 

Manti Te'o

Given all that has happened off the field in the past few months—starting with a dismal performance in the BCS Championship Game against Alabama—it was going to be fascinating to see how Manti Te'o handled himself in front of the media at Indianapolis.

The sheer size of the media pool for his interview showed just how keen they were to hear the linebacker speak about what is now called "the incident."

Yet Te'o handled himself relatively well and showed that he was ready to once again concentrate on football and earn a good draft stock.

Which seemed to put the media attention to bed—at least until his 40-yard dash time, which, at a sluggish 4.82, didn't leave a great impression on those watching. Especially not Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who sparked great buzz around the linebacker once more with his less-than-impressed reaction to Te'o's dash time.

 

Geno Smith

Quarterback Geno Smith came into the NFL Scouting Combine as the top quarterback in the draft class and certainly a top 10 pick in the 2013 Draft.

He was a proven passer who looked to have the athleticism required to become a dynamic dual-threat quarterback. Smith simply needed to prove that in Indianapolis with some fast times across the drills—something he did in spectacular fashion.

A blistering 4.59 in the 40-yard dash was coupled with a stellar 33.5 inches in the vertical leap and 124.0 inches in the board jump. His dash and jump were the quickest from any quarterback at the combine, whilst his leap finished just behind E.J. Manuel for second place.

All in all it was a stellar combine for Smith, who ensured his selection as one of the top picks in the upcoming draft—if not the top overall. 

Few other top-ranked players boosted their stock as much as Smith did here, with the 2013 NFL Draft likely to reflect that.

 

Marquise Goodwin

Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was perhaps one of the biggest winners from the 2013 combine among any player on either side of the ball. His blistering performances in the drills pushed him well into contention for first-round status in the draft.

The previously unheralded wide receiver caused a huge stir when he unofficially broke Chris Johnson's 40-yard dash time. His official time of 4.27 was still very close to the fastest ever and showed that he had real speed waiting to be tapped into at the combine.

As a former Olympic long-jumper, it is also little surprise that Goodwin posted a huge 132 inches in the board jump—good for second-best at the combine.

Yet Goodwin's performances on the field in the receiving drills generated the most buzz. The wide receiver showed that he was a great slant runner and had excellent hands—proving that he was more than just a track star who could be a legitimate deep option.

Think of Percy Harvin for the Minnesota Vikings, and that is what Goodwin could offer teams who are thinking of picking him at the 2013 NFL Draft.

 

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