The 2013 NFL Combine was a chance for the New York Jets and the other 31 NFL teams to get a look at a ton of the top 2013 NFL Draft prospects under one roof. Some of the top Jets news from the NFL Combine was their exploration of a Darrelle Revis trade and snubbing his agents, but there were some noteworthy performances by potential future Jets. Tyrann Mathieu, Chance Warmack, Dion Jordan, Margus Hunt and Shamarko Thomas are the ones we will focus on.
With a Top 10 pick and plenty of areas to address, the New York Jets had their eyes on a lot of the prospects invited to the 2013 NFL Combine. Here's five that opened some eyes:
Tyrann Mathieu: Everyone knows that Tyrann Mathieu can is a flat-out ballplayer, but he finally had the opportunity to answer some questions about past issues with marijuana by speaking directly with NFL teams. When he got on the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium, he showed why he belongs in the NFL. He ran a 4.5 40-yard dash, and even though his vertical jump and broad jump weren't quite as explosive as defensive backs of similar build, he dominated the football-related drills. His hips are unbelievably fluid in his speed turns and he showed a ton of confidence attacking the football in the air. Rex Ryan loves cornerbacks and surely loves Tyrann Mathieu.
Chance Warmack: If the Jets end up at the No. 9 selection in the 2013 NFL Draft without a pass rusher they like available, Chance Warmack could be the choice. It's not often that a team takes a guard in the Top 10 picks, nor is it ideal, but Warmack is an impact player on the offensive line. Chance Warmack showed off a ton of hip pop with a broad jump that measured 110 inches (over nine feet). That's impressive explosion to move a 317-pound body that far with hip explosion. The power in his hips, and his ability to engage his hips, is what such a powerful blocker.
Dion Jordan: Prefer Jarvis Jones or Damontre Moore, but if both are gone Dion Jordan is a nice consolation prize. Everybody went into the 2013 NFL Combine knowing Jordan would shine as a special athlete. He certainly did, clocking in a 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash, recording a 122-inch broad jump and a 32.5-inch vertical jump. Dion Jordan was originally expected to play wide receiver when he arrived at Oregon, but kept growing and eventually grew into a super-athletic outside linebacker. He has a ton of potential as an edge rusher though he needs some work in holding up against the run.
Margus Hunt: Out of SMU, Margus Hunt is the definition of a freak athlete. Nearly 30 pounds heavier than Dion Jordan, he matched him in just about every test of athleticism. Hunt also ran a 4.6 in the 40, his broad jump was 121 inches and his was even better: 34.5 inches. He finsihed his career at SMU with 17 blocked kicks. Hunt banged out 38 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.
Shamarko Thomas: Mike Mayock of the NFL Network likes to compare Shamarko Thomas to former Indianapolis Colts safety Bob Sanders. He ran 4.42-second 40-yard dash, put up 28 reps of 225 pounds (better than some defensive lineman), and showed off his explosiveness with a 40.5-inch vertical jump and a 133-inch broad jump. He was first or second amongst safeties in all four of those tests. If the Jets can't bring back LaRon Landry, keep an eye on Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas.
Those are just five prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft who made a splash at the 2013 NFL Combine and could be a fit for the New York Jets. As the 2013 NFL Draft draws closer we should be able to start cutting down the list, but these five players will likely remain on the Jets radar upt hrough draft day.