There are still a lot of questions to be answered on pro days that will determine who will get drafter where in the 2013 NFL Draft. A lot of players have a lot to prove before the draft in April.
If the way he dealt with the media at the combine was any clue, Barkley most certainly killed his interviews with teams. Barkley is engaging, confident, funny and sharp. What Barkley didn't do was throw the ball or participate in any drills in Indy, as he is still recovering from a separated shoulder. All eyes will be on Barkley's USC pro day, when he will—for the first time—finally throw and run drills for NFL scouts and team executives.
For a player who seems to operate with great speed and acceleration, the 4.58 40-yard-dash time he ran was a huge shock. We've seen that the 40 doesn't mean everything for a wide receiver at the NFL level, but really? 4.58?
Still, public perception is very important, as is leaving a lasting impression in your last meeting with a prospective future employer. Werner needs a good pro day to get back into the top five—a projection he nearly universally garnered prior to mid-February
The 40 in Indy is not the most important drill in an athlete's career, but a 4.82 for a player like Te'o, who many teams will hope to come in as a "steady" plug-and-play linebacking piece, is worrisome.
Banks was known as a corner with "new" prototypical size as a big defender who also showed great closing speed and agility both downhill and in taking vertical stems. His 4.61 40 time at the combine was an eyebrow-raiser unlike many others in Indy.
The same injury that kept Okafor out of Senior Bowl practices—a hip contusion suffered when landing on a teammate's cleat—also kept him out of combine drills. If Okafor blows his pro day out of the water, we will see a launch back into late-first round consideration.
Damontre Moore bench-pressed 225 pounds 12 times at the NFL combine. He was competing in a multimillion-dollar job interview, and he showed up unprepared and, as statistical metrics go, unqualified.