NFL Combine Results 2013: Workout Warriors Who Will Shoot Up Draft Boards

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 23: Lane Johnson of Oklahoma participates during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine has come to an end, and there were a few players who really stood out.

Some guys like defensive end Dion Jordan were impressive in drills and pushed themselves into the top half of the first round. Others like Marquise Goodwin showed off lightning-fast speed in the 40-yard dash and will force teams to take a chance late in the draft.

However, there were a few guys who were very impressive in showing overall athleticism, excelling in many areas at the combine.

These men may not be first-round picks, but they are in better shape now than they were at the beginning of the week.


Margus Hunt, DE, SMU

At 6'8", Margus Hunt is certainly hard to miss. However, he was not necessarily known as one of the top defensive linemen available in this very deep class.

That was until he showed his incredible athleticism this week.

Hunt finished third among defensive linemen with a 40-yard dash time of 4.60 seconds and then tied for the most reps on the bench press at 38.

Even with an average vertical jump, his overall size will make it difficult for quarterbacks to get the ball past him.

If this raw prospect can show he can turn his ability into production on the field, Hunt can be a seriously talented NFL player.


Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse

Size is a major issue for the 5'9" Shamarko Thomas, but he made scouts forget about that on Tuesday.

At the combine, Thomas posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.42 seconds, lifted the 225-pound bar 28 times and had a vertical jump of 40.5 inches. Each of these marks was either the best or tied for the best at his position.

His broad jump of 11'1" was one inch behind the leaders.

Thomas was good in run coverage at Syracuse and he showed with his size and speed that he can do the same in the NFL.

It is likely he will not be drafted until at least Day 2 of the draft if not Day 3, but whoever gets him will get a steal.


Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas

After a miserable two years that featured injuries and poor play, Knile Davis was the type of player that could have gone undrafted.

However, that is no longer a possibility after a great performance at the combine.

Davis' 40-yard dash time of 4.37 was second only to Onterio McCalebb at 4.34. While McCalebb is very undersized at 168 pounds, though, Davis is solid for his position.

The Arkansas player proved as much by leading all halfbacks with 31 reps on the bench press.

With this performance, he made people remember the player that rushed for 1,322 yards in 2010. At this point, he would be a solid selection in the third or fourth round.


Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

While Lane Johnson came into the combine with a higher projected rating than anyone else on this list, he still surprised people on the field at Indianapolis.

Johnson was either the best or second-best among offensive linemen in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump and three-cone drill.

These skills will not be exactly used on the field for a tackle, but they show off his ability to explode off the line, get an outside edge on screens or run blocks and move his feet quickly.

The biggest downside with the Oklahoma tackle is his lack of experience at the position. However, he has all the tools necessary to be an elite lineman in the NFL and he should be taken with one of the first 10 draft picks.