With the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine wrapping up on Tuesday, there have already been a few players who have surprised scouts with some eye-popping numbers in several drills.
While fans may love to compare players based off of 40-yard dash times and how many bench press reps they can get, keep in mind that the combine is just a small part of the scouting process. NFL scouts will focus more on game film, interviews and medical evaluations rather than combine workout numbers.
Still, the combine is a great way for some prospects to help their draft stock. So, let's take a look at a few prospects who have turned some heads at the combine in Indianapolis.
Note: All combine results courtesy of NFL.com's results tracker.
Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
During the 2013 season, Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald wasn't considered a first-round prospect due to his size. However, after a strong Senior Bowl and an even stronger combine, Donald's stock continues to go up.
As a defensive tackle, Donald is just 6'1'' and 285 pounds. But he was able to show off his impressive combination of size and strength at the combine, running the 40-yard dash in just 4.68 seconds and getting 35 reps on the bench press.
Donald's numbers from the combine tell us what many should have already known, and that's that the former Panther can be a productive defensive tackle at the next level. His speed and strength help him get into the backfield and make a mess, especially when rushing the passer, and that should help him move into the first round.
|Aaron Donald Notable Combine Results|
|Drill||Result||Rank (Among DLs)|
|40-Yard Dash||4.68 seconds||T-5th|
|Bench Press||35 reps||2nd|
|3-Cone Drill||7.11 seconds||4th|
Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Greg Robinson's stock continues to skyrocket as we approach the NFL draft in May. In fact, according to the latest CBS Sports mock drafts, Rob Rang has Robinson going No. 2 overall, while Dane Brugler, Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan all have him going in the top 10.
Some very solid numbers in the combine will definitely help Robinson. Coming in at 6'5'' and 332 pounds, Robinson isn't small, but he still managed to run the 40-yard dash in just 4.92 seconds and had a broad jump of 113 inches, ranking near the top among offensive linemen in both categories.
At just 21 years old, Robinson declared for the NFL draft as a redshirt sophomore, but his athleticism and size make him the ideal offensive tackle at the next level. Robinson's upside is huge, and whoever drafts him could be getting a long-term option who could play for a decade or so at a very high level.
|Greg Robinson Notable Combine Results|
|Drill||Results||Rank (Among OLs)|
|40-Yard Dash||4.92 seconds||2nd|
|Bench Press||32 reps||7th|
Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern
Through Monday, there hasn't been a single prospect that's turned more heads than Jerick McKinnon out of Georgia Southern, as he helped put himself on the national stage.
During his last two seasons at Georgia Southern, McKinnon put up some pretty big numbers on the ground while playing quarterback and running back in the triple-option offense for the Eagles. During those two seasons, he ran for 2,867 yards and 32 touchdowns, averaging over six yards per carry. Still, given the level of competition, McKinnon wasn't a big name as an NFL prospect.
That all changed this weekend. McKinnon showed just how athletic he really is, ranking near the top among running backs in every drill. While McKinnon still won't be one of the first running backs taken in the draft, a workout like this one could help ensure that he's taken somewhere on the back end of the draft, giving him a real chance to prove himself at the pro level.
|Jerick McKinnon Notable Combine Results|
|Drill||Result||Rank (Among RBs)|
|40-Yard Dash||4.41 seconds||2nd|
|Bench Press||32 reps||1st|
|Vertical Jump||40.5 inches||2nd|
|3-Cone Drill||6.83 seconds||3rd|
|20-Yard Shuttle||4.12 seconds||4th|