NFL Combine 2013 Rosters: Top Positions in Spotlight at Key Pre-Draft Showcase

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 23, 2013

MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 03:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers drops back to pass against the TCU Horned Frogs during the game on November 3, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The first day of testing at NFL Scouting Combine is complete. Tight ends, offensive lineman and specialists all got their chance to impress scouts. While there were some impressive performances, it's safe to say that the best is yet to come.

Every year there are a couple positions that are watched more closely than others. Normally, it's because prospects at those spots are having trouble separating themselves from each other, so every workout is a chance to get a better look at who should be ranked where before the draft.

The 2013 combine is certainly no different. Let's examine the three positions that will be in the spotlight over the next couple of days in Indianapolis. For a complete look at the combine participant rosters, visit the league's official site.



There are no shortage of teams searching for an answer at the quarterback position, but they are still trying to determine if one can be found in the draft. This year's class doesn't feature any consensus elite prospects like Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III.

Instead, it's up to Geno Smith, Mike Glennon, Tyler Wilson and the rest of the QB class to step up and show they are capable of taking over an NFL offense right away. Given the success of last year's class, teams will be expecting them to make an impact right away if they use an early pick to select one.

Every stage is important. Whether it's the quickness drills to see how they will handle pressure at the next level or the throwing drills to check out their feet, release and accuracy. The door is open for somebody to earn the top spot among quarterbacks.


Wide Receiver

The wide receiver position is similar to quarterback. There isn't a clear-cut No. 1 player on the board, which means the combine presents an opportunity for a handful of different prospects to turn heads and watch their stock skyrocket.

Keenan Allen, who's among the players battling to be the first wideout off the board, won't go through the workouts. It gives Cordarrelle Patterson, Tavon Austin and DeAndre Hopkins, among others, a chance to shine instead.

Being a playmaking position, the 40-yard dash will dominate the conversation when the receivers take the field. But other things, including the other athleticism tests and route running, will play a key role as well. The combine should help separate the muddled group.


Defensive End

On the defensive side of things, scouts will be watching the end lineman. Teams are always looking for more players who can help pressure the quarterback and this year's class features an extremely talented group of ends.

The trio of Bjoern Werner, Damontre Moore and Barkevious Mingo have pulled away from the pack, but are still battling amongst themselves for the top slot. Then there's high-upside prospects like Ezekiel Ansah and Alex Okafor trying to join that group.

It's all about athleticism for the defensive ends. Whichever player is able to showcase the best combination of size, strength and speed will receiver the biggest boost from the combine. The wide-open battle definitely adds intrigue to the workouts.