Winners and Losers from the 2013 NFL Combine

The 2013 NFL Combine took place in Indianapolis from February 20th to 25th. Hundreds of college football standouts gathered to run workout drills in preparation for the 2013 NFL Draft. Here are some notable names from the Combine, for better and for worse.

Winners

Arkansas RB Knile Davis impressed NFL scouts in the bench press and 40 yard dash drills at the NFL Combine.

Arkansas RB Knile Davis impressed NFL scouts in the bench press and 40 yard dash drills at the NFL Combine.

Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas: The most impressive prospect at the 2013 NFL Combine was undoubtedly Arkansas RB Knile Davis. The 5’10”, 220 pound back put up the most 225 lb. bench press reps (31) of any true running back, and also finished in the top ten in both the broad jump (121″) and three cone drill (6.96). But Davis was most impressive in the 40-yard dash, putting up a time of 4.37 seconds, the second fastest time among running backs. Knile Davis has a history of injury problems (he missed the entire 2011 season with an ankle injury), but has also put up 1,300 yards in a season (2010). Davis saw his draft stock surge after his performance on Sunday. 

Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia & Marquis Goodwin, WR, Texas: These two wideouts proved that sheer speed can turn heads at the NFL Combine. Austin ran a 4.34 40-yard dash, while Goodwin put up an astonishing time of 4.27 seconds, second in Combine history only to Chris Johnson’s 4.24 seconds in 2008. Both receivers are considered small for the position: both are smaller than 5’9″ and 185 pounds, so it’s not likely they will win jump ball battles in the endzone, but they could be valuable to NFL teams as kick returners or slot receivers. After all, Steve Smith (Carolina), DeSean Jackson (Philadelphia), and Wes Welker (New England) are all under six feet tall and have been incredibly successful in the NFL.

Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: Mission accomplished for the Draft’s number one ranked quarterback. Geno Smith came to the Combine, ran an impressive 4.59 40-yard dash, and performed well in his throwing drills. Smith is undoubtedly the top quarterback prospect in the 2013 draft, and the Kansas City Chiefs could take a gamble and select him with the #1 overall pick. But with rumors surfacing that the 49ers could trade Alex Smith to the Chiefs, Smith could have to wait a bit for his name to be called at the NFL Draft.

Losers

Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame: Ok, sure. More people probably cared about what Manti Te’o said in his press conference than they cared about his on-field drills, but Te’o wasn’t impressive. While scouts wanted to see the Notre Dame linebacker run a sub 4.75 40 time, Te’o only managed to run the drill in 4.82 seconds. Coupled with his disappointing performance in the BCS National Championship Game against Alabama, Te’o likely played himself out of the top 15 in the Draft. Oh, and he was also involved in a scam with a fake girlfriend who was actually a male admirer. Not exactly a memorable weekend for Te’o.

With heart problems keeping DT Str Lotulelei on the sidelines, his NFL career is in jeopardy.

With heart problems keeping DT Str Lotulelei on the sidelines, his NFL career is in jeopardy.

Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: It’s really not fair to say Star Lotulelei lost at the Combine since the issue is out of his control, but nevertheless, his draft stock dropped. During his physical, doctors noticed Lotulelei had an issue with his heart, and was prohibited from working out on Monday with his group. The condition, known as a low Ejection Fraction, revealed that Lotulelei’s left ventricle of his heart was not pumping blood efficiently. Star will see specialists this week, but if the condition is more severe than originally anticipated, the top 5 prospect could be sidelined indefinitely.

Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M: Joeckel, a standout offensive lineman at Texas A&M, failed to impress scouts at the Combine. He wasn’t overly disappointing, but rather just average, running a 40 yard dash in 5.30 seconds with a poor 10-yard split of 1.81 seconds. In blocking drills, Joeckel was fair, but didn’t look like the number one prospect many people claim he will be. He could end up at the podium first in April, but he might have to be very impressive at his Pro Day to prove his worth to NFL teams.

 

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