Because an unusually high number of top players eschewed workouts at the scouting combine last week—many prefer to have scouts come to their campuses, where the players can control variables such as running surfaces and workout conditions—it's hard to get a clear picture of how the April draft might shake out. But these four players put forth strong efforts at the RCA Dome and seriously improved their draft prospects.
Chris Kelsay, DE, Nebraska
The 6'5" 273-pounder blew away scouts with a 4.68 in the 40. A high-motor guy, he evokes size-speed comparisons with Rams defensive end Grant Wistrom, another former Husker. Draft projection: mid-first round.
Eric Steinbach, OL, Iowa
A guard in college, he showed at the Senior Bowl that he can play left tackle. The 6'6" 297-pounder never takes a play off, and he displayed speed and quickness at the combine. Draft projection: mid-first round.
Kyle Boiler, QB, Cal
The 6'3" 235-pounder got everyone's attention with a 4.65 in the 40. "He looked so much more athletic than every other quarterback," one personnel director said of Boiler, who has also displayed a strong, accurate arm. Draft projection: late first round.
Justin Fargas, RB, USC
A member of the Trojans' tailback-by-committee, the 6'1" 222-pounder ran a 4.37 and had an impressive workout that moved him up several rounds. Draft projection: mid-second round.