So far the NFL Scouting Combine has been filled with some eye-catching performances, along with some impressive footwear to match.
With tight ends, special teams, and linemen wrapping up on Saturday, it was time for the skill players to shine, as pro scouts and coaches looked on to see which players showed signs of NFL potential. No offense to the big men, but people come to see one thing at the combine, and that’s speed. And while many “experts” consider the 2013 class to be a bit slim in the skill-position category, speed is one thing that wasn’t lacking on Sunday. In fact, one player even came close to topping Chris Johnson's 2.24 40 yard mark set back in 2008.
The event was dominated by adidas, Nike, and Under Armour due to pre-existing school contracts for players. However that didn't stop them from lacing up in the latest gridiron offerings to showcase their talents. Here are The 5 Best Performance Shoes Spotted So Far at the NFL Combine.
No. 5 - Tavon Austin x Nike Vapor Talon Elite
College: West Virginia
40 Time: 4.34
Along with Texas' Marquise Goodwin, Tavon Austin was another one of those speedsters who was a front-runner to be the recipient of an adidas shoe deal just for being the fastest player at the NFL combine. And just like Goodwin, Austin also ran one of the fastest 40 times of the day, wearing the Elite Nike performers. Unofficially, both Goodwin and Austin were given a time of 4.24. However, at the end of it all, Goodwin was given an official time of 4.27, and Austin a 4.34 (the second-fastest time).
No. 4 - Landry Jones x Under Armour Nitro Icon Mid Cleat
40 Time: 5.11
Heading into the combine, Oklahoma gun-slinger Landry Jones was projected to be a first-round pick at this year's NFL draft. On Sunday, he put up a solid performance to show everyone why that's the case. While his results don't look that impressive on paper, you have to realize that Jones is more of a pocket passer than a scrambler. Meaning, don't pay too much attention to his 40 time. In fact, 5.11 isn't too shabby for a traditional QB. Jones took passing drills in the Under Armour UA Nitro Icon Mid cleats.
No. 3 - Geno Smith x Nike Zoom Revis
College: West Virginia
40 Time: 4.59
While he used the Nike Vapor Talon Elite cleats for most of the drills at the combine, quarterback Geno Smith went with the Zoom Revis trainers for the vertical jump. They seemed to do the trick too, with Smith registering a respectable 33.5 inches in the drill. If things don't work out for Geno at the quarterback position, he seems to have the athletic abilities that can translate to other positons on the field.
No. 2 - Denard Robinson x adidas CrazyQuick
40 Time: 4.43
Michigan's Denard Robinson shows many similarities to RGIII. Both guys are fast, athletic, and even have a similar hair style (sort of). And while RGIII definitely has a better arm between the two, Robinson, despite being listed as a wide receiver at the combine, is no slouch at QB himself. Another thing the two studs share in common is their choice in footwear. On Sunday, Robinson showed on-lookers that he's willing and ready to embrace his new position at wideout, running a 4.43-forty. He even ran some drills in a pair of CrazyQuick cleats that adidas designed for RG.
No. 1 - Marquise Goodwin x Nike Vapor Laser Talon
40 Time: 4.27
For those of you wondering whether the all-new Nike Vapor Laser Talon cleats are really as fast as we said they are, Marquise Goodwin erased all doubt on Sunday by clocking in at a blazing 4.27 seconds in the 40. The former Texas Longhorn and U.S. Olympian was one of the favorites to win an automatic shoe deal with adidas, however after seeing what he did in the Laser Talons, it wouldn't be a surprise if he held on to his Nikes for a little while longer.