The NFL Scouting Combine is an exciting time for fans and an important opportunity for NFL scouts.
The combine gives us a fairly complete breakdown of every potential draft picks physical makeup, which, while not a substitute for actual gameplay, can provide a better idea of where a player is going to be drafted.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys only had two players participate in the 2013 combine, but both of them made a solid impact that could help their draft status this April.
Joseph Randle, RB
40-yard Dash: 4.63
Vert Jump: 35 inches
Broad Jump: 123 inches
Joseph Randle's performance in the combine was impressive, especially in both the vertical and broad jump.
He posted a top-10 finish in the vertical jump and a top-five finish in the broad jump. His 40-yard dash time was pretty middle-of-road, but didn't hurt him much overall.
The most exciting thing for Randle and Oklahoma State fans is his draft grade of 80.6.
That grade slots him as the third-best running back by these standards, and sets him up to be a surefire second round pick.
Quinn Sharp, K/P
Quinn Sharp grades out as the second-best specialist at this years combine and should be drafted sometime during the second day.
Obviously, most kickers don't really need to run a 40-yard dash, so we can't look at that, but Sharp showed some great raw ability in all of his workouts.
His approach on punts and field goals will need to be fine-tuned by a professional coach, however, he'll contribute right away as a kickoff specialist and should become a reliable starter as a punter or placekicker.
Oklahoma State didn't have many players participate in this year's combine, but they both showed more than enough ability to warrant a draft pick.
Look for Randle to go sometime in the second round, with Sharp following him sometime after the fifth.
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The NFL draft has become another showcase of dominance for Nick Saban’s Alabama program, and with 10 former Tide stars participating in the NFL combine earlier this week, that trend is a strong bet to continue.
A trio of offensive linemen—Barrett Jones, D.J. Fluker and Chance Warmack—plus corner Dee Milliner and nose tackle Jesse Williams are all players that project to be selected in the early rounds of April’s draft.
For players like safety Robert Lester, linebacker Nico Johnson and defensive linemen Quinton Dial and Damion Square, the festivities at Lucas Oil Stadium represented a chance to make an impression and raise their respective stocks.
For a handful of them, those impressions—at least ones that come on the field—will have to wait until pro day because of various injuries.
How did each former Tide star fare and what is the buzz coming out of Indianapolis on the Tide's contingent of NFL prospects heading into the stretch before the draft?
Here are the complete NFL combine results* for all 10 former Alabama stars that traveled to Indianapolis.
*All results are courtesy of NFL.com. Players listed in alphabetical order.