Scouting Combine 2013: Examining Key Players To Watch In Indy

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Photo taken by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Notre Dame Fighting Irish LB Manti Te’o has wrongfully plagued headlines for all the wrong reasons. He hopes to change that and improve his draft stock at the Scouting Combine.

The highly anticipated, ProFootballGolden-absorbed Scouting Combine is about to take place in Indianapolis. It has technically started already, but drills start very soon.

Here are the five most intriguing players to pay attention to when watching the drills.

USC Trojans QB Matt Barkley

[For more, hit up this link]. Barkley had a very high draft stock last year, but collapsed amidst injuries and overwhelming pressure. Barkley needs to reaffirm his athleticism during this window of opportunity.

Alabama Crimson Tide OG Chance Warmack

Warmack is the best offensive guard prospect in a long time. He is a very talented blocker, both for the aerial attack and power run game. Warmack played in a pro-style offense under legendary college HC Nick Saban, and has the size that scouts drool upon. He is 6’2″, 317 pounds, and is a top five prospect overall. 

Ohio State Buckeyes DT Johnathan Hankins

Hankins is a powerful interior defensive lineman that offers both pass rush and run stopping. He needs to enhance his explosion, and both his 40-yard dash and his broad jump could boast his stock.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish LB Manti Te’o

Te’o was part of a fake online girlfriend scam that caused his draft stock to tumble even more following a nauseating BCS National Championship Game performance. Te’o needs to display ball skills and solid explosion during his drills in Indy.

Florida State Seminoles CB Xavier Rhodes

Questions regarding cornerback athleticism in general this draft have recently surfaced. Rhodes can make a statement for his fellow corners and himself with a fast 40-yard dash. A strong tally of bench press reps will be beneficial, additionally.

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