Manti Te'o and Tyrann Mathieu are two of the biggest names from the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, and their workout results couldn't have been any more different.
Of course, a poor 40-yard dash time isn't everything. Scouts rely more on game tape and interviews than the workout results in Indy, but there's no doubt these numbers count for something.
For instance, a cornerback who runs a 4.37-second 40-yard dash time is going to be looked at much differently than one who runs it in 4.60 seconds.
With this in mind, here are the results for the biggest names as we turn the corner from the combine and kick the NFL draft train into high gear.
Luke Joeckel is a man who has seen a lot of action at the top of mock drafts. He's been a player most draftniks have been projecting to go No. 1 overall to the Kansas City Chiefs, and if you've watched him play, it's no surprise.
The left tackle from Texas A&M is the most technically sound tackle to come out of college the past few years. He rarely makes mistakes, and when he does, he has the skill to make up for them quickly.
Nobody expected him to dominate the drills in Indy, but given the way some of the other offensive tackle prospects performed, he didn't do anything to help his stock.
|40-Yard Dash||5.30 seconds||30|
|Bench Press||27 reps||T-18|
|Vertical Jump||28.5 inches||T-12|
|Broad Jump||106 inches||T-16|
|3-Cone Drill||7.40 seconds||4|
|20-Yard Shuttle||4.68 seconds||T-12|
The consensus best guard in the 2013 NFL draft didn't look great at the combine, though he only participated in two measurable events.
That said, all you have to do is watch him play to know that combine numbers don't tell the entire story. Besides, who cares if a guard can run fast for 40 yards?
Chance Warmack will still likely be taken in the top half of Round 1 when the draft commences on April 27.
|40-Yard Dash||5.49 seconds||T-44|
|Broad Jump||110 inches||7|
Tyler Eifert had been the consensus No. 1 tight end in this year's draft until January, when many scouts started touting Zach Ertz from Stanford.
Eifert didn't put up monster numbers in college, but he played in an offense that wasn't exactly pass-friendly. When he did get his chances, he showed that he possesses strong, soft hands and came down with darn-near every ball that was catchable (and some that weren't).
His combine performance was revelatory, as he placed in the top five in every single event, and he competed in every drill possible. This performance cemented Eifert as the best tight end in the draft.
|40-Yard Dash||4.68 seconds||5|
|Bench Press||22 reps||T-3|
|Vertical Jump||35.5 inches||T-3|
|Broad Jump||119 inches||T-3|
|3-Cone Drill||6.92 seconds||1|
|20-Yard Shuttle||4.32 seconds||4|
|60-Yard Shuttle||11.52 seconds||2|
Before the combine, Cordarrelle Patterson was being touted as a potential top-15 pick and the best receiver in this year's draft class.
The 6'2", 216-pound phenom didn't do anything to dispel this notion, and his performance in Indy may have vaulted him into the top 10.
Patterson participated in three events and looked fantastic during the field drills.
|40-Yard Dash||4.42 seconds||6|
|Vertical Jump||37 inches||T-5|
|Broad Jump||128 inches||6|
Geno Smith was considered to be the top quarterback prospect heading into the combine, and he didn't do anything to hurt that notion.
Smith clocked a faster time in the 40 than most scouts expected (and the best time of any quarterback), showed explosion in his jumps and looked good tossing deep passes during the field drills, showing nice touch.
None of the other quarterbacks who were being considered as potential first-round picks managed to make such a positive impression, and it's almost a certainty that Smith will be the first quarterback taken in April.
|40-Yard Dash||4.59 seconds||1|
|Vertical Jump||33.5 inches||2|
|Broad Jump||124 inches||1|
One of the biggest boom/bust prospects in this year's draft, Barkevious Mingo boosted his draft stock with a phenomenal showing at the combine.
Mingo displayed the speed and explosiveness scouts look for in potential stud pass-rushers, and looked as smooth as silk during the field drills. The biggest question surrounding him is how long it will take for him to build up the requisite strength to hold up the edge on running plays.
Even if he's just a situational pass-rusher in his first year, Mingo has the ability to make a huge impact in the NFL next year.
|40-Yard Dash||4.58 seconds||2|
|Vertical Jump||37 inches||T-2|
|Broad Jump||128 inches||T-1|
|3-Cone Drill||6.84 seconds||1|
|20-Yard Shuttle||4.39 seconds||T-6|
Perhaps no player had more to prove at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine than Manti Te'o.
Unfortunately, he didn't do anything to help himself on the track or on the field.
Te'o's combine was an event he'd rather put behind him, and if he hopes to be drafted in Round 1, he'll need to push forward and show up in better shape—both mentally and physically—than he did in Indy.
|40-Yard Dash||4.82 seconds||20|
|Vertical Jump||33 inches||T-8|
|Broad Jump||113 inches||T-22|
|3-Cone Drill||7.13 seconds||6|
|20-Yard Shuttle||4.27 seconds||6|
Like Manti Te'o, Tyrann Mathieu had plenty to prove at the combine.
Besides getting woken up at 4 a.m. to pee in a cup, he had to answer tough questions during the interview process, maintain good body language throughout the process and above all else, show he's capable of performing on the field.
Mathieu performed admirably during the interview process, by all accounts, and he showed up well on the field.
|40-Yard Dash||4.50 seconds||16|
|Bench Press||4 reps||T-30|
|Vertical Jump||34 inches||T-23|
|Broad Jump||117 inches||T-25|
|3-Cone Drill||6.87 seconds||T-10|
|20-Yard Shuttle||4.14 seconds||10|
Dee Milliner has been the consensus No. 1 cornerback in this year's draft class since last season, and the biggest question scouts had about him was how fast he could run.
Milliner struggled during field drills, but he absolutely answered the questions about his speed with a blazing-fast 40-yard dash time.
He's set for surgery on his shoulder on March 12 (h/t NFL.com's Kareem Copeland), but he should be healed up in time for any offseason activities with the team that drafts him, and he's liable to be a top-five pick in April.
|40-Yard Dash||4.37 seconds||2|
|Vertical Jump||36 inches||T-9|
|Broad Jump||122 inches||T-19|
|3-Cone Drill||6.95 seconds||T-17|
|20-Yard Shuttle||4.32 seconds||T-23|
Kenny Vaccaro has been touted as the top safety in this year's draft class for months now.
Watching this young man play, it's not hard to see why. He can line up one-on-one against most receivers in the slot, is an aggressive players against the run and has the range and ball skills to play out in center field.
Vaccaro had a chance to vault up into the discussion as a top-10 pick with a strong combine, but he didn't run quite fast enough to warrant that kind of grade.
|40-Yard Dash||4.63 seconds||11|
|Bench Press||15 reps||14|
|Vertical Jump||38 inches||6|
|Broad Jump||121 inches||T-14|
|3-Cone Drill||6.78 seconds||T-6|
|20-Yard Shuttle||4.06 seconds||1|
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