Some people say the NFL Scouting Combine means nothing.
Tell that to these guys—the 2013 NFL draft prospects who set Indianapolis on fire with their performances.
Furthermore, tell that to the 32 NFL teams that approve travel budgets for scouts, coaches, team executives and representatives to be in attendance at the event.
Tell that to Packers GM Ted Thompson, who sits at the 40-yard line annually in Lucas Oil Stadium's lower level with his own personal stopwatch and clipboard full of frantically scribbled notes.
The tape doesn't lie. Everyone knows that there is no replacement for on-field evaluation and film study. The combine is not for "scouting" players. It is for affirming an evaluator's initial assessment with a great showing, or raising questions with a bad one. For some prospects, it's simply about getting noticed.
The combine is where weakness in movement skills are exposed, change-of-direction acumen is recognized, strength is evaluated and opinions are further shaped.
The combine means the world to certain prospects.
Here we rank 2013's top performances.
(All stats courtesy NFL.com, all quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.)