NFL Combine 2013: Prospects Making a Name for Themselves After Day 3

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst IFebruary 24, 2013

Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Arkansas-Pinebluff offensive lineman Terron Armstead speaks to the media during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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After three days at the NFL Combine, there are some prospects who are standing out above the rest and making a name for themselves.

Offensive tackle Lane Johnson of Oklahoma, tight end Vance McDonald of Rice and Terron Armstead of Arkansas-Pine Bluff have all done a stellar job in the bench press and 40-yard dash.

As a result, they are each turning the heads of NFL scouts at the combine.

Let's take a look at how each of these prospects performed and what it means for their respective draft stocks.

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Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

We already knew that Johnson has great footwork when blocking and he certainly showed that on Day 3, but he was excellent in other areas as well.

Johnson ran an impressive 40-yard dash time of 4.72, which would have been tops among all offensive linemen if not for an astounding performance by Armstead. However, the Oklahoma product did top both Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M and Eric Fisher of Central Michigan.

In the bench press, Johnson posted 28 reps and while that wasn't good enough to put him at the top of the board, he once again outperformed both Joeckel and Fisher (27).

The jury was out on just how good of a run blocker Johnson can be in the NFL, but after his showing at the combine, there's no doubt he has the qualities to be a great all-around lineman.


Vance McDonald, TE, Rice

McDonald is one of the lesser known tight ends in this year's class, but his combine performance will change that.

We already knew he's a solid playmaker from his days in college and he showed his athleticism by posting a 40-yard dash time of 4.69. When compared to other top tight ends in this year's draft, McDonald topped Stanford's Zach Ertz (4.76), but fell just short of Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert (4.68).

The most impressive part of McDonald's combine was his bench press. The Rice product displayed incredible strength by notching 31 reps, which was good enough to top both Ertz (24) and Eifert (22), showing he has the necessary strength to be a great blocking tight end as well.

It wasn't clear if McDonald had the necessary physical abilities to be an all-around tight end, but those doubts should be put to bed as his draft stock continues to soar.


Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Armstead wasn't on anyone's radar before the combine, but the small-school prospect is all the rage after his great combine numbers.

Armstead started off his combine right by benching 31 reps, which was superior to Joeckel, Fisher and Johnson.

But the thing that really had people talking was Armstead's 40-yard dash time of 4.71. That time was surpassed only by the fastest tight ends in the class and was the best score for an offensive lineman since 2006.

If I didn't know any better, I'd say Armstead was a speedy skill-position player, not an offensive lineman. It's pretty clear Armstead is a great athlete with freakish abilities that should get him a better position on draft day.