2013 NFL Combine - A shocker of a No. 1 pick?
Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher
Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher
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Posted Feb 27, 2013


Final Thoughts after the 2013 NFL Combine - A shocker of a No. 1 pick?


2013 NFL Combine 

Last Thoughts
 
 

By Pete Fiutak
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2013 NFL Combine Last Thoughts
- Worst ... Draft ... Ever?
- Te'o wasn't THAT slow
- The key takeaway from the weekend: safeties
- A shocker of a No. 1 pick?
- The Five Big Winners 
- The Five Big Losers

The mildly interesting thing that everyone is talking about

Could an offensive tackle from Central Michigan really be the No. 1 overall pick? Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel is the top overall prospect on many boards, but he had a rocky time in Indy with a painfully slow 40 time – which only matters to an O lineman in this case because it was a horrendous 5.30 – while CMU’s Eric Fisher was smoother through the short drills, just as strong on the bench with 27 reps, faster in the 40 with a 5.05, and bigger. More importantly, Fisher was quicker out of the blocks and looked a bit more athletic and explosive.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson kept the positive momentum rolling from a great Senior Bowl week with a phenomenal 4.72 40 with 28 reps on the bench, a vertical leap of 34 inches and a position-best 9-10 in the broad jump – over a foot better than Joeckel’s effort.

And then there was the talk of Day One, Arkansas Pine-Bluff’s Terron Armstead, who cranked up 31 reps on the bench, blew up the vertical with a position-best jump of 34.5 inches, and wowed everyone with a 4.71 40 that Manti Te’o could only dream of running.

But the weekend was mostly about the top prospects and how they raised the bar. At least four tackles are locked into the first round with Joeckel and Fisher destined for the top five, Johnson in the top ten, and Alabama’s D.J. Fluker to go around the 20s.

2013 NFL Combine Last Thoughts
- Worst ... Draft ... Ever?
- Te'o wasn't THAT slow
- The key takeaway from the weekend: safeties
- The Five Big Winners 
- The Five Big Losers