At the NFL Scouting Combine, people often get a little crazy. Guys that have proven very little on the field suddenly become "the next big thing," while other players who have solid game tapes drop off the radar for teams and scouts.
But occasionally, the combine answers pretty important questions and separates prospects with similar grades. And sometimes, it moves prospects you may have been on the fence about up or down your board.
Here, I'm going to focus on three players who will surely see their stock drop after a poor combine. While they'll have a chance to redeem themselves at their pro days, these players will surely be lamenting a lost opportunity in Indianapolis.
Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Oh Damontre Moore, how far you've fallen.
At various points I've had Moore at No. 3 on my own mock drafts, and generally I've seen him projected in the top 10 of many mocks.
But Moore really hurt himself at the combine, running a 4.95 in the 40-yard dash and only managing 12 reps in the bench press. Those are not numbers you want from a player many thought was versatile enough to either play with his hand on the ground or as a potential 3-4 outside linebacker.
Look for Moore to slide into the second half of the first round or even to the late 20s of the round.
Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Johnthan Banks came into the NFL Scouting Combine as the second corner on most people's boards behind Alabama's Dee Milliner. But after disappointing in his 40-yard dash and facing a deep crop of corner prospects, Banks could potentially drop out of the first round.
More likely, he'll drop to the bottom of the first round. Last year's Thorpe Award winner has a very impressive game tape and he's a big corner, always coveted in NFL circles, even if he did run a 4.61 in the 40.
Then again, Joe Haden didn't run all that well at the combine either, and he's a top-five cornerback in the NFL. Banks certainly saw his stock take a hit, but I don't think he'll totally slide out of the first round.
Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
The slide down draft boards continues for Manti Te'o.
First, he looked completely overmatched against Alabama in the BCS National Championship. Then, the Ronaiah Tuiasosopo scandal hit the news, and Te'o's reputation was raked across the coals, even if he was the victim of a terrible hoax.
And to top it all off, he ran a 4.82 at the combine and only weighed in at 241 pounds, much lighter than the 255 pounds it was believed was his playing weight.
Te'o went from being a player who many people projected as a top-10 pick to a guy that will almost assuredly drop to the end of the first round. His game tape is very impressive pre-January, but a lot of teams are going to take a flyer on Te'o.