Tuesday, March 2, 2010

NFL Combine: DB

Cornerbacks: Looking for players who can run in the 4.40-4.49 range. Fluidity of backpedals, change of direction in and out of backpedal, burst out of backpedal, ability to turn and run, locate and adjust to ball in the air, catch ball at highest point, hands.

Perrish Cox (Oklahoma St): 5'11 3/8, 195 lbs. 12 bp, 4.53s

Dominique Franks (Oklahoma): 5'11, 194 lbs. 10 bp, 4.52s

Brandon Ghee (Wake Forrest): 5'11 5/8 192 lbs. 15 bp, 4.37s (4.45s official)

Joe Haden (Florida): 5'10 3/4 193 lbs. 18 bp, disappointing 4.57s a concern. Looked natural in drills. This could begin a significant slide especially if he doesn;t improve his time at his pro day and open the door for another corner to be taken ahead of him.

Chris Hawkins (LSU): 6'0 1/8 187 lbs. 16 bp, 4.43s

Devin McCourty (Rutgers): 5'10 3/4, 193 lbs.16 bp, 4.34s. Outstanding in drills. Stock rising and he will be a first round pick

Jerome Murphy (South Florida): 6'0, 196 lbs. 16 bp, 4.52s. Catches ball at highest point. Fluid in drills

Patrick Robinson (Florida State): 5'11, 190 lbs. 15 bp, 4.42s, 39 in vertical. Smooth and natural in drills. Excellent ball skills.

Donovan Warren (Michigan): 5'11, 193 lbs.4.59s

Kyle Wilson (Boise State): 5'10 194 lbs. 25 bp, no 40 (hamstring).

Safeties: 40-yd speed is important and looking for 4.5-4.6 range. Fluidity of backpedals, change of direction in and out of backpedal, burst out of backpedal, ability to turn and run, locate and adjust to ball in the air, catch ball at highest point, hands.

Eric Berry (Tennessee): 5"11 5/8. 211 lbs. 4.40s (4.47s official), 19 bp, 43 in vertical. Put on a show and looked like a man among kids in drills. Extremely fluid and smooth, great burst, a natural at adjusting to ball in the air, catches ball at highest point, can make tough catches effortlessly.

Chad Jones (LSU): Looked good in drill. 9 bp, ran a disappointing 4.57s. Looked good in drill.

Taylor Mays (USC) 6'3 1/8, 230 lbs. 24 bp, 4.24s WOW! (4.43s official). Fastest DB at 230 lbs. 41 in vertical. Not bad. Looked outstanding in drills.

Darrell Stuckey (Kansas): 5'11, 205 lbs. 17 bp, 4.49s, 39.5 in vertical. Shaky out of backpedal

Earl Thomas (Texas): 5'10, 208 lbs. 21 bp, 4.44s. Heavier than usual and still ran a 4.44s. Thomas is still growing and it's nice to see he has the frame to add more bulk.

Myron Rolle (Florida St) 6'1 7/8, 215 lbs. 21 bp, 4.68s. Rolle took a year off to go study at Oxford University as a Rhode scholar so the combine and senior bowl were a bit more important for him since he hasn't played football for over a year. Seriously, all the attention he is getting for skipping a year at Florida St is bull, a Rhode scholarship is an extremely prestigious scholarship that only a few people ever get to be selected for, props to him for trying to see beyond the football field. He did not look great but by no means bad either. As a football player, he doesn't really stand out and he will probably be a late round pick.

Wrap-Up:

This is a very deep draft in terms of OL, DL, and DBs. It's very likely that a very good DL or DB slides to the Vikings at the end of the first round. I would definitely not mind if they were to trade down a few spots into the second round and pickup another 2nd rounder to address their numerous needs on the defensive side of the ball. Think about how a playmaking safety would have helped the Vikings last year, definitely one of the main areas of upgrade for the team.

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