The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is wrapping up and for the region, there were several big names in action. There's first-round talent in a guy like Missouri defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, and he did not disappoint at the combine this week.
He didn't put up monster numbers, but he didn't hurt his draft stock by any means. Richardson ran a 5.02 40-yard dash, put up 30 reps on the bench press (fifth among defensive linemen), had a 32.0-inch vertical and a 116.0-inch broad jump. In short, Richardson looks every bit like a first-round defensive lineman, and nothing has changed.
Wide receiver Chris Harper of Kansas State had a strong outing. Harper has been considered a mid-round pick and might have boosted his stock a little with a decent 4.55 40-yard dash, and a whopping 20 reps on the bench press.
It was Missouri linebacker Zaviar Gooden who stole the show, though. After dealing with injuries, he's seen his draft stock fall, but he absolutely blew up at hte combine. He put up 27 reps on the bench press, good for fourth among all linebackers, and finished as the fastest linebacker at the combine with a 40-yard dash time of 4.47 seconds.
He also posted a 34-inch vertical leap (sixth-best among LBs), a 131-inch broad jump (second-best), a 6.71-second three-cone drill (best), and a 4.18 20-yard shuttle (best).
Not only did Gooden help his draft stock, he may have helped it more than any player at the combine.