The Combine can single handedly make or break an up and coming prospect in pursuit of the NFL. Husker fans who follow their former heroes at the Combine are well aware the impact that goes with a solid performance for the scouts.
At the 2004 NFL Combine, former Husker corner back Fabian Washington set a Combine record by running a 4.25 40 yard dash. What team in the NFL covets speed the most? Al "Just Win Baby" Davis fell in love with that 40 time, and spent the 23rd pick in the first round on the former Husker from Bradenton, Florida.
Can we expect a breakthrough performance out of a Husker in this year's Combine? Yes, we most definitely can.
Everyone around the country knows about a certain Husker named Suh, and it should come as no surprise to see him dominate the Combine. The Husker that will open eyes in Indianapolis will be senior safety Larry Asante.
Asante looks the part, and will impress scouts with his physical attributes. Currently projected by many as a third or fourth round pick, Asante is a good workout away from shooting up the draft boards.
Everyone loves a good 40 time, as that will ultimately dictate whether or not his stock improves after his week in Indianapolis. If he can run a 40 that's in the mid to low 4.5's, he can expect to receive a few million dollars more in his back pocket.
Nicknamed "The Assassin," Asante does not shy away from contact. After struggling with his form tackling in 2007, he took advantage of starting two years under Bo Pelini.
He made noticeable strides in his coverage abilities from 2008 to 2009, quieting fans that suggested he move to linebacker. Asante recorded 79 tackles, two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), two forced fumbles. Asante received All-Big 12 recognition the past two seasons.
The way he grasped Bo Pelini's system his senior year shows promise for his ability to succeed in a NFL defense. Along with his 40 time, Asante's interviews with NFL teams will dictate his draft position.
Being apart of Pelini's system alone could move him up draft boards, as he demands a lot from his defensive backs.
Bo Pelini has a long list of safeties drafted in the NFL, including Josh and Daniel Bullocks, and former LSU players LaRon Landry and Craig Steltz.
Larry Asante will be the next to join that list come late April.