Each February, the NFL world descends upon Indianapolis for the league's scouting combine, during which future NFL players take part in an array of physical events that can help a prospect boost his stock in advance of the draft. The combine highlights player athleticism and has led to certain prospects making a major leap in visibility among draft enthusiasts through their athletic traits. And while athletic ability alone doesn't always translate to a capable player on the field, it's quantifiable in a variety of ways. It takes into account speed, explosiveness, quickness, reactive skills, agility and more. With that in mind, below is a look at the most athletic player at each position in the NFL.
Quarterback: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
"He looks like a defensive end," one NFL personnel man said. "He's so big, moves well for his size and he makes guys miss in the open field." The 6-foot-5, 245-pound former No. 1 overall pick -- who goes by the nickname of Superman -- is arguably the most unique physical quarterback of his generation. He checked in at 248 pounds at the 2011 combine, and then proceeded to run a 4.59 40 and jumped 35 inches in the vertical leap, all amazing measures at that size. Given his size, power, instincts as a runner and ability to absorb contact, Newton is among the best short-yardage/goal-line rushers in the league, as was evidenced by his 14-rush touchdown campaign as a rookie in 2011. When Newton is used on designed runs consistently -- as was the case in Week 14 -- the Panthers are at their best. However, the quarterback has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, following a car accident in which Newton suffered two transverse process fractures in his lower back. 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was another name that came up at the position.