Tuesday, February 26, 2008

NFL Combine: Defensive Backs

The Scouting Combine is winding down today with the defensive backs. What I'm looking for mainly is overall speed, long speed, burst, hands, agility, and fluidity of hips and backpedal.


The corners looked very good overall. We will probably see at least 5 CBs taken in the first round with McKelvin, Talib, Cason, Rodgers-Cromartie, and Jenkins having a good shot at the first round.
- Brandon Flowers: Ran a 40 time of 4.58. His long speed was always a concern and his 40 time sure didn't help alleviate those concerns
- Leodis McKelvin: Ran a good 4.40. He may be the first CB taken off the board
- Antoine Cason ran a 4.49, and completed the 20-yd shuttle in 4.08 s.
- Aquib Talib ran a 4.47 and performed the cone drill in 6.82 s. His footwork seems a little off
- Mike Jenkins ran a 4.38, and had 18 bench presses.
- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie ran a 4.33 and jumped a 38.5 inches vertical. He also looked good in the cone drill (6.74) and 60 yds shuttle as well as all DB drills. He made himself worthy of consideration in the first round
- Tracy Porter ran a 4.37, performed the 20 yds shuttle in 4.07 s. Looked very smooth durin g drills
- Wheatley Terrence performed well, ran a 4.37, performed the cone drill in 6.74


In the other hand, the safeties did not look very good overall. None of the top prospect helped their stocks, and we could easily see only one or even no safety taken in the first round.
- Kenny Phillips ran a 4.54. Smooth backpedal, tight hips, has trouble turning hips out of backpedal
- DaJuan Morgan ran a 4.52. Looked good in drills. Morgan only started 12 games and is an extremely raw free safety.
- Thomas DeCoud ran a 4.48
- Josh Barrett ran a blistering 4.32 at 223 lbs. He is a small school prospect and definitely helped himself, by showing up on NFL scouts radar.
- Dominique Barber ran a 4.70
- Tyrell Johnson: The Arkansas State product ran a 4.43
- Tom Zbikowski ran a 4.52 and performed 24 bench presses. Pretty smooth in drills. Very cerebral, same game face the entire day.
- Marcus Griffin ran a 4.76
- Quintin Demps ran a 4.38

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