You may have heard something about this thing called the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. Well, if you didn't, you just did.
Every year, the combine plays a huge role in many draft prospects' stocks. The combine can move a player up by several rounds or drop him out of the draft entirely. Its impact is immeasurable.
And each year, a few players stand out as really dominating. They show up in a variety of drills, displaying impressive skills.
Which players did that in 2013?
All combine results courtesy of NFL.com
Knile Davis' numbers are impressive. They are even more so when considering the fact that he is 5'10" and 227 pounds.
Davis started off by pumping out 31 bench reps of 225 pounds, second among running backs. He kept it going by running a blazing 4.37 in the 40-yard dash, which was also second at the position.
The Arkansas running back showed star potential as a junior, but wasn't the same player after suffering an ankle injury. After proving he's still an elite athlete, Davis could see his stock pushed back toward day two of the draft.
At 6'4", 196 pounds, Justin Hunter is a tall, if somewhat skinny, wide receiver. That, along with several other impressive numbers, contributed to his dominant combine.
Hunter put up an impressive 4.44 40-yard dash time. He followed this up with a 39.5" vertical leap, which was best among all wide receivers. His 11'4" broad jump was also tops among wideouts.
An up-and-down year at Tennessee had many uncertain about Hunter, and his showing will certainly earn him many fans. His combine performance will likely push him towards the top of the second round, if not higher.
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Whenever a wide receiver is 5'9" and 183 pounds, he's probably going to be pretty fast. Marquise Goodwin is no exception, and he turned in the best 40-yard dash time at the combine with a 4.27.
In addition to running the lone sub-4.3 40-time, Goodwin came in third among wideouts with an 11'0" broad jump.
Goodwin didn't dominate in any other drills, but his 40-yard dash time alone puts him on this list. No one else was nearly as fast as him, and that type of speed is rare in any draft class.
It's also what will make Goodwin a day two pick.
Terron Armstead ran the 40-yard dash faster than nine running backs at the combine did.
Armstead is no running back, though. He's a 6'5", 306-pound offensive tackle.
His time? A 4.71.
The small-school product also put up an impressive 31 reps of 225 pounds in the bench. His 34.5" vertical leap was the best among offensive linemen.
Armstead impressed many at the Senior Bowl, but no one realized just how athletic he really was. NFL teams crave this type of ability, and few players can provide it. This could push him into the second day of the draft.
On tape, Lane Johnson's athletic ability was quite obvious. He did a terrific job in space and excelled at reaching the second level.
It was still a surprise when he ran a 4.72 in the 40-yard dash.
The 6'6", 303-pounder was also second among offensive linemen with his 34" vertical leap. He was tops at the position with his 9'10" broad jump and was second with his 7.31 in the three-cone drill.
Johnson's ability to play in space and handle speed was hardly a secret. Here, he simply proved how dominant of an athlete he is. This ability makes him a possible top-10 pick.
A 6'5", 271-pound freak, Ezekiel Ansah unsurprisingly dominated at the combine. Ansah ran the 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds while jumping 34.5" in the vertical leap.
A 9'10" broad jump and 7.11 second three-cone time were also among the best numbers for defensive linemen.
Ansah's performance wasn't surprising, but it was impressive nonetheless. Between this and a similarly brilliant week at the Senior Bowl, Ansah is now widely considered a top-10 pick.
Weighing in at 6'4", 241 pounds, Barkevious Mingo was expected to perform well at the combine. And he did.
Mingo's 6.84 second three-cone time, 37" vertical leap, 10'8" broad jump and 4.58 second 40-yard dash time were all among the top two for defensive linemen. In other words, Mingo put on quite the show.
Before the combine, the LSU star was already considered a top-10 pick. He certainly solidified his status, though, and could go as high as No. 2 to the Jaguars.
Margus Hunt is a former track star, and, at 6'8", 277 pounds, is quite the athlete. He made all this known in Indianapolis.
Hunt started off by benching 225 pounds 38 times, the most among defensive linemen. His 34.5" vertical, 10'1" broad jump, 4.6 40-yard dash and 7.07 three-cone were also near the top of the class.
Few can rival Hunt as an athlete. However, his advanced age—25 years old—and lack of refinement make him a likely day two pick.
Thirty bench reps of 225 pounds, a 4.57 40-yard dash, a 38" vertical leap and a 10'4" broad jump make Trevardo Williams perhaps the combine's most impressive defensive lineman.
Williams isn't as well-known of a prospect as some others are, but he's quite the athlete. The only defensive end on his level in Indianapolis was Barkevious Mingo, with the two going one and two in a couple different events.
For a prospect who wasn't considered an early-round pick, this could prove huge for Williams. Look for his name to get some second-round talk in the coming months.
Zaviar Gooden truly is a linebacker who moves like a safety. The 6'1", 234-pounder dominated the other linebackers with a blazing 4.47 40-yard-dash time. That's faster than many wide receivers. His 6.71 three-cone time was also easily the best among linebackers.
Though impressive, Gooden's times weren't completely unexpected. They did, however, serve to reinforce what he showed on tape—that he's a freakish athlete.
Gooden's ability on the football field isn't anything amazing. His pure physical ability, on the other hand, is. And that's what will make him a mid-round pick.
The 6'4", 265-pound Cornelius Washington was bigger than nearly every linebacker at the combine, but he outperformed all of them. Among linebackers, Washington's 4.55 40-yard-dash time was second, his 36 bench reps were first, his 39" vertical was second and his 10'8" broad jump was third.
Washington is built like a defensive end, but he moved like a linebacker. Teams were already intrigued by his physical ability, but few expected him to be this dominant.
The Georgia linebacker's brilliant performance will have teams taking another look at his tape, and his physical ability will undoubtedly push him up many draft boards.
Among cornerbacks at the combine, Xavier Rhodes had the best best broad jump, the best vertical leap, the 12th-best bench and the 11th-best 40-yard dash time. This was all while weighing in at 6'1", 210 pounds.
Rhodes also impressed by showing off some long arms—nearly 34 inches. The Florida State star showed that he is one of the draft's best athletes and that he can run with anyone despite being so big.
Many already considered Rhodes a first-round pick, but he is now nearly certain to be a top-20 selection. He could even end up in the top 10.