Illustrating a Complete Timeline of the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine
More than 300 super athletic, crazy strong and tremendously talented collegiate football players squeezed into Under Armour, weighed in like boxers, spoke in front of what felt like 5,000 media members, then were subjected to various football-related drills in front of scouts, head coaches and general managers over the past week.
In simpler terms, it was the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, the world's most physically taxing and pressure-packed job interview.
Now that everyone's flying back to their draft evaluation headquarters, here's the story of how it all went down in 2013.
The scouting combine actually began on Wednesday, Feb. 20, although workouts didn't start until Saturday when Mike Mayock and the NFL Network crew started airing.
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The offensive linemen and tight ends were first to arrive at the opulent Lucas Oil Stadium to get their official height-weight measurements and to talk to the eagerly awaiting media.
Alabama offensive tackle Barrett Jones owned that media.
He is massive—and smart.
Journalism 101 lesson from Alabama C Barrett Jones. Called out a reporter for open-ended question that began with, "Talk about ..." #combine— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) February 21, 2013
Unfortunately, a foot injury kept the affable interior offensive lineman from the on-field activities.
Later, NFL.com turned Jones into Arby Jones, a guy who, let's just say, doesn't exactly resemble Barrett:
Oh, yeah, coaches talked, too.
Bruce Arians wore this hat.
Many new head coaches preached about the "attacking and aggressive" style they want to implement in 2013 and beyond.
Jim Harbaugh wore—you guessed it—khakis, a black 49ers mock and a black 49ers hat.
Apparently, he doesn't like to fly first-class, either.
Sweet RT @sc_dougfarrar: Second time in 3 years Jim Harbaugh is on my connecting flight to the combine. Flying coach & refused an upgrade.— Niners Nation (@NinersNation) February 20, 2013
Then, the quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers got to Indianapolis, weighed in and spoke at a podium in front of a bunch of people typing and tweeting frantically.
Media members with microphones and iPhones using the Voice Memo app crowded around draft riser Cordarrelle Patterson.
But the wideout's chat with the media wasn't the highlight of the day. Neither was the fact that Matt Barkley measured in taller than Geno Smith, Tyler Wilson and Ryan Nassib.
In fact, it came from one of the smallest players in Indianapolis, Tavon Austin.
During his press conference, the West Virginia wideout said the following:
Heck, no one can convincingly determine who the top guy is in this year's class, so why not think it's you?
Austin went on to run a blistering 4.34 in the 40-yard dash.
However, Texas wideout Marquise Goodwin ran the fastest time of them all—a sizzling 4.27.
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller was there, so we'll just let him wrap everything up.
When the defensive linemen and linebackers showed up, potential top-overall pick Star Lotulelei was found to have a heart condition that would keep him from participating in any strenuous activities.
Utah DT Star Lotulelei, projected top five 5 draft pick, will not work out after echocardiogram detected heart condition. Filed to ESPN.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) February 24, 2013
Thankfully, it may have just been dehydration.
Get better, Star.
Manti Te'o held his press conference and no one paid attention.
Everyone was there.
Later, he would run the 40-yard dash in 4.82 seconds.
It wasn't quite McKayla Maroney-esque, but John Harbaugh was not impressed.
The first workout warrior was Arkansas Pine-Bluff's Terron Armstead, an offensive lineman who worked out Saturday.
At a shade above 300 pounds, he was officially timed at 4.71 in the 40, did 31 reps on the bench and jumped nearly 35 inches vertically.
Hello, boosted draft stock.
However, the defensive linemen stole the show athletically.
SMU's Margus Hunt, a colossal man at 6'8'', 277 pounds, ran a 4.60 in the 40, put up 38 reps on the bench and had a 34.5-inch vertical jump.
BYU's Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah wasn't bad, either.
He clocked a 4.63 in the 40 at 6'5'', 271 pounds and had the same vertical leap as Hunt.
LSU's Barkevious "KeKe" Mingo—Ziggy and KeKe sounds like a children's show, doesn't it?—ran a ridiculous 4.58 in the 40, jumped 37 inches in the air and tied for the longest broad jump with a 10'8'' leap.
Oregon's Dion Jordan, a converted wideout, ran a 4.6 after bulking up to 248 pounds as one of the premier hybrid defenders in this year's class.
A relatively unknown outside linebacker from Southern Miss, Jamie Collins, showed off a 41.5-inch vertical leap.
How high is that?
Well, it looks like this:
To wrap up the scouting combine, the defensive backs hit the field Tuesday.
Tyrann Mathieu ran a good 4.5 time in the 40, but he mustered only four reps on the bench press.
Someone has to take a chance on the Honey Badger. His tape speaks for itself, but so do his off-field and maturity issues.
Syracuse's Shamarko Thomas embarrassingly spilled after his 40-yard dash—a fantastic time of 4.42.
He also did 28 reps on the bench to lead all defensive backs. He's an intriguing safety prospect.
Finally, to put a bow on the exhibition in Indy, the NFL Network aired Rich Eisen's 40, which timed out at 6.03, the same time he clocked in 2012.
Another fun week of Under Armour Olympics from Lucas Oil Stadium.
Time to re-work those mock drafts, people.
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