The Minnesota Vikings joined the other 31 teams in the National Football League in Indianapolis for the scouting combine from February 22-25. It's the league's annual meat market where players heading to the draft run, jump, lift and get interviewed in an effort to impress coaches and scouts.
It's a week filled with buzz and hype and players' stock can rise and fall depending on anything from a slow time to an awkward answer to a strange question.
NFL teams are all business at the combine, but the smarter teams take it for what it is: a chance to get a close-up look at, and a chance to chat with players they've already scouted in depth.
Teams have to be careful not to put too much stock into what they see and hear at the combine. After all, when was the last time you saw a player run a cone drill in the middle of the third quarter?
If you were just skimming the Internet on Monday afternoon, you might have thought top defensive prospect Jadeveon Clowney had defeated Usain Bolt in a match race and then ate a lion for lunch.
While obviously neither of those things happened, Clowney was exactly what he was purported to be heading into the process: an athletic freak of nature, who matches size and speed like only a handful of people on the planet. But does anybody walk away from Indianapolis with a better guess at how good he'll be in the NFL?
Your guess is as good as anyone else's.
Keep in mind when you read this, or anything else on the combine, that one of the most disastrous performances in Indianapolis in recent memory belonged to Vontaze Burfict in 2012. His stock dropped so far he didn't get drafted. He did, however, manage to lead the NFL in tackles last season.
For the Vikings and their staff, hopefully they return to Minnesota from Indianapolis with a few more answers than questions. Let's take a look at some players that might be on the Vikings' radar, and whose stock might have gone up or down in Indianapolis.