Sunday at the 2013 NFL Combine is typically the most exciting of the week-long process as it represents the day that the offensive skill players participate in timing and skill drills. Quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers will go through several timing drills on Sunday, including the 40-yard dash, before participating in positional drills.
The defensive lineman and linebackers will also earn a share of the spotlight on Sunday when they take on the bench press. The top mark for bench press repetitions through the first two days of the drill was shared by Ohio offensive lineman Eric Herman and Wake Forest fullback Tommy Bohanon as both put up 36 reps, but that is expected to be defeated on Sunday.
Here are a few players to keep an eye on during the fifth day of the 2013 NFL Combine:
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia - Despite some misconceptions about the quarterback, Smith is unlikely to impress in the 40-yard dash or many of the timing drills. However, he will be very interesting to watch during the passing drills after he passed on the Senior Bowl. Considered the top quarterback by most, he has the opportunity to display his abilities and separate himself from the pack. He also has the danger of being out-shined though, by big-armed quarterbacks like Tyler Bray.
Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State - Where the positional drills are king for quarterbacks, they mean less for a running back without a defense there to elude. Instead the shiftiness, speed and change of direction of running backs will be evaluated in both the timing and skill drills. Among those that can shine in those type of drills is Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle.
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia - Austin is the man to watch for the entire combine. A freakish athlete with top-level speed and elite change of direction, the West Virginia all-purpose player is expected to put on a show in Indianapolis, beginning with his 40-yard dash on Sunday morning.
Tom Wort, LB, Oklahoma - In order to be a successful bench presser at the combine, it's important to have bulk, but also have shorter arms. Those with longer arms are typically at a disadvantage and don't have as much success as the shorter defensive tackles. While Wort's arms aren't the shortest at the linebacker position, they aren't far off and he has the size to put up an impressive amount of reps.
Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama - Easily the man to watch in the bench press drill for the entire combine, Williams has previously said he's after the combine record of 51 reps set by Justin Ernest. If he even approaches the mark, he should finish with the most reps at the 2013 Combine.