The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine Primer

As the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine begins in earnest on Saturday, let’s take a high-level look at some players that may tantalize fantasy owners come draft time.

With a fantasy-relevant player not appearing on ESPN’s Mel Kiper Big Board until Tennessee WR Cordarelle Patterson at #21, the 2013 NFL Draft is poised to be very light up top.

Be sure to check out our Combine Schedule and Roster Numbers.

Last week, excitment was building that many of the top quarterback prospects would be throwing at the combine; a departure from recent years. Now it appears at least one of the potential franchise signal-callers won’t; Matt Barkley (QB01) will not throw, which leaves Geno Smith QB13 (West Virginia) and company to test the wide receivers. Big-bodied throwers Mike Glennon QB05 (NC State) and Tyler Bray (Tennessee) QB02, who are both listed as 6’6″, as well as Tyler Wilson QB16 (Arkansas) should draw plenty of interest from teams desperate for a quarterback. Draftniks often mention Ryan Nassib QB10 (Syracuse) as the quarterback that could shoot up draft boards after Indianapolis, so it will be interesting to see how his workout goes.

At other fantasy-relevant positions, Arkansas running back Eddie Lacy (RB20) will not work out due to a hamstring injury, likely ending the running Razorback domination at the top of the draft (Mark Ingram 28th overall pick in 2011 and Trent Richardson 3rd overall pick in 2012). Workhorses from Wisconsin (Monte Ball 1,830 yards and 22 TD (RB02) and Oregon (Kenjon Barner 1767 and 21 TD (RB03) should display all the physical tools in Indianapolis.

South Carolina rock toter Marcus Lattimore (RB21), whom Mike Mayock has tabbed as a third-round pick will be interesting to watch toward Draft Day. Drawing comparisons to Willis McGahee (who himself is entering his 11th season),  Lattimore tore knee ligaments in October 2011 and returned in 2012 before tearing the ACL, PCL and MCL in October 2012. In an interview with ESPN’s Stephania Bell, famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews was quoted Friday as saying, “He can play (this fall) if everything continues to go well. He’s ahead of the schedule for somebody with that type of injury.” The Gamecocks standout is poised to be one of the more inspirational stories heading into the season.

Wide receivers come in all sizes and 2013 is no different;

  • Cordarelle Patterson (Tennessee) 6-3 205 WO24 will be the top WR on many team’s boards.
  • Tavon Austin (West Virginia) 5-9 174 scored 12 TDs WO02. Can’t you just see him catching passes from Tom Brady?
  • Robert Woods (USC) 6-1 190 WO39
  • Keenan Allen (California) 6-3 205 WO01 unfortunately will not be working out in Indy due to a left knee injury.

Finally, very big news came in late that the “Next Rookie Sensation”, Leon Sandcastle will reportedly work out at the Combine this weekend.

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