NFL Draft 2013: Players Who Raised Their Stock in Indianapolis

Jeffrey Sakakibara@sakainjapanContributor IIFebruary 28, 2013

Feb 25, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack defensive back Earl Wolff jumps to stretch his legs before running the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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With two months left till the NFL Draft, potential draft picks are fine-tuning every aspect of their game to increase their draft stock by even one more pick.

One pick could be the difference between playing on the field and sitting on the bench.

For players who could not showcase all of their talents during the regular season, the combine in Indianapolis allows every player to have equal opportunity to prove scouts that they are definitely ready for the NFL. 

Robert Woods

After a tumultuous regular season and bowl game for the USC Trojans, Robert Woods decided to forgo his senior year and go directly to the NFL draft. Because a majority of the passes went to Marqise Lee, Woods didn't have any mind-boggling stats to back up his talent.

At the combine Woods ran a very average 4.5 for the 40-yard dash, but impressed during the on-field drills catching nearly every pass. His ability to catch balls from various routes and trajectories shows his versatility and overall play-ability in the NFL. 

Woods is projected to be picked in the late first/early second round of the Draft, but after an impressive day at the combine and Pro Day coming up on March 27th he'll look to raise his stock even more.

Geno Smith

As a Heisman finalist, Geno Smith topped off an impressive career at West Virginia. Although much of his regular season this year displayed a lock on the Heisman trophy, his performance in the second half of the season showed inconsistency and lack of emotional control in his game. 

Many quarterbacks decide to skip throwing at the combine, but Geno Smith elected to participate in the throwing drills. Smith was of high interest to many teams lacking a franchise quarterback, and the combine only added to that interest. 

Smith ran the 40-yard in 4.59 seconds, and impressed scouts during the throwing drills in his accuracy and strength. His athleticism and arm strength has all the makings of a franchise quarterback, and while he was projected to go in the first draft he may even be a top 10 pick. 

Tavon Austin

Austin played alongside Geno Smith during his time at West Virginia and put up impressive numbers. His versatility in the special teams and the wide receiver position was a huge asset to his team and showed that he can help wherever help is needed. 

Austin was already projected as a first-round pick, but his confidence during his press conferences and his speed in the 40-yard dash proved that he could be a play-maker in the NFL. 

Several teams are in desperate need of an explosive offensive player, and Tavon Austin's performance at the combine was enough to show that his skill set is relevant in the NFL.