During his Cal career, running back Daniel Lasco was never really the conference's headliner. There was always someone more prolific or flashier, someone in an offense more suited to the game or a player who drew more headlines. His junior season brought him some exposure, but his injury last season pushed him to the back of the "Pac-12 running backs" conversation.
But during the NFL combine, it was Lasco who came out looking prolific and flashy, drawing himself quite a few headlines.
He broke the combine's running back record for the broad jump and led all running backs with his vertical jump, which was also the third-highest recorded by a running back at the combine.
"I'm so honored and blessed that I was just able to get the [combine] invite after the season I had this past year," Lasco told Conor Letourneau. "I just took it for it was, went in and made the best of my opportunity that they gave me."
His combine performances impressed everyone and surprised most.
NBC Sports called him a workout warrior, writing that he "may have improved his draft stock more than any other running back with his performance." Mike Mayock said that Lasco's performance at the combine was even more impressive than the one had had at the East-West Shrine Game.
"Lasco will enter the NFL with momentum thanks to a Combine performance that serves as some solace for only being able to play in nine games with three starts in 2015," Fox Sports' Alex Marvez wrote.
Though the performance might not have been enough to rocket him up the mock draft boards -- players like Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott and Alabama's Derrick Henry are still considered better all-around backs -- Lasco showed that he could be the next great Cal running back in the league.