The 2013 NFL Combine will come to an end today and it certainly didn't disappoint. Some 2013 NFL Draft prospects boosted their stock, others flopped, records fell and idiotic statements were made. Taking a look back at the week-long event that brings together NFL talent evaluators, the best college football has to offer and their agents, this may have been one of the more interesting NFL Combines in recent memory. The intrigue included health conditions (Jarvis Jones, Star Lotulelei), a new NFL Combine record (Terron Armstead), a player admitting he didn't always play hard in games (Sam Montgomery) and more.
Star Lotulelei has a heart condition: In one of the more shocking and disappointing developments from the 2013 NFL Combine, Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei was found to have a heart condition that barred him from participating in any physical tests. He will undergo further testing after an echocardiogram discovered an abnormally low Ejection Fraction that causes his heart to pump at a lower efficiency.
Sam Montgomery has effort issues: Remember when this picture was making the rounds? Sam Montgomery is on that list as someone at LSU that missed workouts and had effort issues, made public by LSU strength coach Tommy Moffitt. That had already raised concerns about his effort level and commitment to the game. Then he told teams at the NFL Combine that he took off the "easy" games while playing at LSU. Perhaps most troubling is that over the past two seasons, LSU had games against Western Kentucky and Towson that were within one score at halftime. Was Sam Montgomery coasting in those games? Of course Montgomery says this will change in the NFL, but is this a guy you want to hand a boatload of guaranteed money to? Yikes.
Manti Te'o is smaller and slower than expected: Manti Te'o was listed at Notre Dame as 6-2, 255, and NFL scouts were hoping he would run his 40-yard dash in the 4.7-second range. Manti Te'o showed up to the 2013 NFL Combine, faced a ton of questions about Lennay Kekua, then checked in at 6-1, 241 and ran a 4.82. He is quickly falling down the draft board.
Terron Armstead now holds the record for fastest 40 yard dash for an offensive lineman: Arkansas-Pine Bluff offensive lineman Terron Armstead is now officially the fastest offensive lineman to ever run at the NFL Combine with a time of 4.71 seconds in the 40 yard dash. While he beat the old record by more than one-tenth of a second, he barely edged out fellow 2013 NFL Draft prospect Lane Johnson of Oklahoma, who ran a 4.72.
Those are just some of the biggest developments from the 2013 NFL Combine. There's even been big-time stories about players already in the NFL, like Alex Smith and Darrelle Revis. While the 2013 Combine will wrap up today, there's sure to be plenty more developments ahead of what's shaping up to be one of the weirder NFL Drafts. Without a clear-cut No.1 overall selection and plenty of issues amongst the most talented prospects, it's going to be a tough one to project.
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