LSU's Barkevious Mingo was a gold medalist at the NFL's "Underwear Olympics" in Indianapolis.
Millions of dollars were made at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where the top prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft ran, jumped, lifted and interviewed in the most important job interview of their lives. These are the 10 biggest money-makers with the best performances at this yearâs Combine.
1. Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
As expected, âKeKeâ was on another level in shorts and a cutoff at the Combine. An âUnderwear Olympicsâ gold medalist, Mingo (6â4â, 241) ran a 4.58 in the 40, skied for a 37â vertical and exploded for a 10â8â broad jump. The long and lean Bayou Bengal is a boom or bust prospect who could become a beast off the edge as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.
2. Lane Johnson, LT, Oklahoma
A high school quarterback turned tight end turned high-rising first-round potential franchise left tackle, L.J. was arguably the most impressive athlete in Indianapolis. The 6â6â, 303-pound dancing bear had 35 1/4â arms and 10 1/8â hands, ran a 4.72 in the 40, had 28 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, a 34â vertical and 9â10â broad jump.
3. Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU
The Ghana native is a raw athlete who possesses arguably more untapped potential than any other pass-rushing prospect in this yearâs class. At 6â5â and 271 pounds, Ansah ran a 4.63 in the 40 and had a 4.26 in the 20-yard shuttle, while also posting a 34.5â vertical and 9â10â broad jump.
4. Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
The âEastern Blockâ from Estonia is a giant at 6â8â and 277 pounds. But heâs also a freakish athlete who posted a Combine-best 38 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, ran an eye-popping 4.60 in the 40, skied for a 34.5â vertical and 10â1â broad jump.
5. Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
The mini-Mountaineer weighed in at just 5â8â and 174 pounds but showed off blistering speed, running a 4.34 in the 40-yard dash â the second-fastest time of the Combine, behind Texas wideout Marquise Goodwinâs 4.27.
6. Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Carolinaâs Cooper looked better in shorts than did his top guard competition, Alabamaâs Chance Warmack. The big fella from Chapel Hill posted a powerful 35 reps of 225 on the bench and ran a 5.07 in the 40-yard dash â nearly a half-second faster than Warmackâs labored 5.49 in the 40.
7. Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
In line to become the third Trufant brother to play on Sundays, Desmond helped his draft stock look more like Marcus (No. 11 pick in 2003) than Isaiah (Undrafted in 2006). The youngest Trufant ran a 4.38 in the 40, posted a 37.5â vertical, 10â5â broad jump and a respectable 16 reps of 225 for a 6â0â, 190-pounder cover corner.
8. Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
FSUâs latest elite cornerback prospect, the X-man showed elite explosiveness with a 40.5â vertical leap and an unbelievable 11â broad jump, while also displaying a size-speed combination worthy of a first-round pick â running a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash at 6â1â and 210 pounds.
9. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
A height-weight-speed extraordinaire, Patterson stood tall at the Combine, running a 4.42 at 6â2â and 216 pounds. The one-and-done Volunteer and former JUCO star also had a 37â vertical and 10â8â broad jump en route to establishing himself as the top receiver in this yearâs draft.
10. Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
If the Golden Domer wasnât already the top tight end prospect in the Class of 2013, he certainly is after putting on a show in Indy â running a 4.68 in the 40, ripping off 22 reps of 225, leaping for a 35.5â vertical and 9â11â broad jump, and slashing his way to a 4.32 in the 20-yard shuttle and 11.52 in the 60-yard shuttle.