What We’re Learning from the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine

The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is nearing its completion, and as is the case every year during the long weekend in Indianapolis, new storylines  for the Draft begin to form.  This year is no different, as several players are beginning their rise (and fall) down Draft analysts’ boards as a result of their workout.  Let’s take a look at five well-known names that have been impacted (either postively or negatively) this weekend.

stockdown1)  DAMONTRE MOORE, DE, TAMU:

No player fared worse at the Scouting Combine than Damontre Moore.  While I had my doubts as to whether or not he was ever really an “elite” prospect, Moore’s name was consistently mentioned as a top-5 player available in the 2013 NFL Draft by multiple media outlets and analysts alike.  That’s all going to change now.  After an embarrassing 12 reps of 225 and a less than pedestrian 40 yd dash time, Moore looks “more” like a 2nd round player than a blue-chip first rounder.  Moore pulled up lame during his second attempt at the 40 and likely saved himself more embarrassment by doing so.  He looked soft and underprepared. 

stockup12)  TAVON AUSTIN, WR, WVU

Tavon Austin has been one of FRG’s most highly discussed players on Twitter (@FirstRoundGrade) throughout the pre-Draft process.  Austin’s film shows the “juice” to be a dominant player in the NFL, regardless of his 5’8 frame.  And he backed that up in Indy.  He wowed the scouts with his blazing 4.34 40.  It should also be noted that at only 175 lbs, Austin managed to bang out 14 reps of 225; he’s stronger than his size would indicate.  Austin has all but secured a spot in the first round, and in our opinion, will challenge to be the first WR off the board.

stockup13)  JONATHAN COOPER, OG, UNC

Heading into the Combine, Cooper was considered the more athletic, ZBS guard prospect when compared to Alabama’s Chance Warmack.  However, Cooper quickly displayed his scheme diversity by pumping out 35 reps of 225.  Cooper was as athletic as advertised and impressed with his ability to keep a low base while moving with such fluidity.  There’s no question that Cooper will be an appealing prospect for any system, and there is a very good chance that he could end up a top-15 selection on Draft day.

stockdown4)  MANTI TE’O, LB, NOTRE DAME

I didn’t think Te’o's stock could get much worse following the Catfish scandal, but after his below-average showing in Indy, it actually might have.  I am one of the few that was underwhelmed by Te’o's press conference and thought he missed an opportunity to take complete control of the situation and display his leadership qualities.  And then came his well-publicised 4.82 40.  And while the 40 time wasn’t good, it was made worse by the excuses that Te’o made regarding his “exhaustion”.  I think his retreat to an “excuse” sheds more light onto the character flaws residing deep within Te’o. 

stockup15)  DION JORDAN, DE/OLB, OREGON

Did any one player look more physically impressive than Dion Jordan?  Standing nearly 6’7, he moved like a gazelle in positional drills and blazed a 4.60 40.  Jordan’s overall performance has placed him squarely in the top-5 of the NFL Draft (as he was hovering around there before the Combine anyway), and it wouldn’t be a surprise to anyone if Chip Kelly brings his former Oregon Duck to Philly at the #4 pick.  I caught myself saying, “wow” when watching Jordan move…he is the absolute real deal.

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