The annual NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis came to a close yesterday, but not without several notable headlines. Margus Hunt, a defensive end out of SMU, posted several impressive scores including the 40-yard dash (4.60 seconds), vertical jump (34.5 inches), broad jump (10-foot-1), and bench press (38 reps). Scouts believe he can turn into an immediate impact player as a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme.
Tavon Austin, a wide receiver out of West Virginia, also had a spectacular workout. He proved his speed with a 4.3 40, and also showed off his hands and receiving skills in a spectacular positional workout. Austin has put himself in position to be drafted late in the first round.
Damontre Moore, a defensive tackle from Texas A&M, had one of the worst combines of any of the prospects there. He only managed 12 reps in the bench press with a 40 time close to 5 seconds. Scouts and coaches also said he seemed immature and unprepared in interviews. He likely cost himself a chance at being in the top 5 picks of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Matt Barkley, quarterback from USC, did not throw at the combine but did impress with his physical skills. Coaches said that Barkley was very impressive in interviews with coaches and scouts, and now it is up to him to impress at his Pro Day. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Teo disappointed in the 40 with a time over 4.8, but has been dealing with waves of controversy lately that have put him under a lot of stress. It should be interesting to see how this affects his draft stock.
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