NFL Combine RisersTuesday, February 26, 2013
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This is a rundown of 15 players who either helped or solidified their draft stock by testing well at the 2013 Scouting Combine. We'll start off with seven bigger-named prospects before digging a bit deeper on 8-15.
1. BYU DE Ziggy Ansah -- Ansah's stock has been rising since the January 26 Senior Bowl game, which he single-handedly took over. In Indy, Ansah measured 6-foot-5 1/4 and 271 pounds with 35 1/8-inch arms. His 4.63 forty time was sixth fastest among the 37 defensive linemen who ran, and Ansah's 34 1/2-inch vertical leap tied for seventh. When running the forty, only LSU's Barkevious Mingo cleared ten yards at a faster pace than Ansah (1.56). His 9-foot-10 broad jump also ranked in the top ten. Ansah has locked himself in as a single-digit pick.
Realistic Landing Spots: Jaguars at No. 2, Raiders at No. 3, Lions at No. 5.
2. Tennessee WR Justin Hunter -- Hunter weighed in at a relatively slight 6-foot-4, 196 in an effort to improve his workout measurables. It worked. Hunter's 4.44 forty was outdone by only eight of the 35 receivers who ran, and all by wideouts at least an inch and a half shorter than Hunter. Even more impressive were Hunter's vertical (39 1/2") and broad jump (11-foot-4), which each either ranked first or tied Hunter for first in his position group. Despite disappointing 2012 game film coming off an ACL tear, Hunter has vaulted himself back into the first-round discussion.
Realistic Landing Spots: Texans at No. 27, Patriots at No. 29, Jets at No. 39.
3. Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert -- If there was any doubt about Eifert's athleticism entering the Combine, he erased it in Indy. 19 tight ends worked out, and Eifert ranked fourth in forty time (4.68), third in bench-press reps (22), second in vertical leap (35 1/2"), third in 20-yard shuttle time (4.32), and second in the 60-yard shuttle (11.52). He was also the only tight end to break seven seconds in the three-cone drill (6.92). Ideally built at 6-foot-5 1/2, 250 with 33 1/8-inch arms, Eifert has separated himself from Zach Ertz as the lone surefire first-rounder in this tight end class.
Realistic Landing Spots: Bucs at No. 13, Bears at No. 20, Falcons at No. 30.
4. Oklahoma LT Lane Johnson -- Johnson was considered a possible top-ten pick before the Combine, but he might push for the top seven now. Among the 48 offensive linemen who took part, Johnson ranked second in forty time (4.72), first in the ten-yard split (1.61), second in vertical leap (34"), fifth in the 20-yard shuttle (4.52), and second in the three-cone drill (7.31). He also benched 225 pounds 28 times with vine-like 35 1/4-inch arms. Johnson offers ideal athleticism and build (6-foot-6, 303) for an NFL left tackle. He's giving Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher a run for their money.
Realistic Landing Spots: Cardinals at No. 7, Chargers at No. 11, Dolphins at No. 12.
5. LSU DE/LB Barkevious Mingo -- Mingo's game has kinks that need refinement -- he tends to play too high and must add strength -- but he is a highly explosive athlete. At 6-foot-4, 241, Mingo ranked first among all defensive linemen in the ten-yard split (1.55) and second in the forty (4.58), demonstrating sensational short-area burst in addition to long speed. Mingo's 10-foot-8 broad jump tied for first, and his 37-inch vertical was second best at his position. Teams that run 3-4 defenses will love Mingo's blend of length (33 3/4-inch arms) and sky-high upside.
Realistic Landing Spots: Jets at No. 9, Saints at No. 15, Steelers at No. 17.
6. Washington CB Desmond Trufant -- Marcus' younger brother is long and lean at 6-foot, 190, and recovery speed isn't going to be a problem. Trufant's 4.38 forty was third fastest among defensive backs at the Combine, and his 3.85 time in the 20-yard shuttle ranked second. His broad jump (10-foot-5) and vertical (37 1/2") were respectable if not elite. On the heels of a standout Senior Bowl, Trufant is making a case to be the draft's No. 2 corner behind Dee Milliner.
Realistic Landing Spots: Dolphins at No. 12, Bucs at No. 13, Panthers at No. 14.