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NFL Combine: Scouting the Defensive Backs

Posted Feb 25, 2014

An in-depth analysis of the defensive backs who worked out at the NFL Scouting Combine.


Ricky Henne’s Take: When we spoke to top NFL experts at the Combine, nearly all of them said at some point in the draft they believe the Bolts will bolster their secondary.  Whether it is in the first round, the seventh round or any place in between, there is a deep crop of talent available that could help the Chargers.  So how did the DB’s perform on the field?  Pretty impressive in my opinion.  I’ve long been intrigued with Jason Verrett.  Even though he is 5-9, all he does is make plays.  His explosion was on full display as the TCU star ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds (tied for second best), jumped 39.0 inches in the vertical leap (tied for third best) and posted a 128.0 inch mark in the broad jump.  Another top-level cornerback that starred on Tuesday was Justin Gilbert.   He posted the fastest 40 time of any defensive back in 4.37 seconds and was smooth and quick in ball drills.  Many speculate that Gilbert or Darqueze Dennard will be the first secondary player selected in the NFL Draft, and while Denard was slower than Gilbert by running a 4.51, he matched him during the football portion on the field.  Rice’s Phillip Gaines may have improved his stock the most with a blazing 4.38 sprint.  Other noteworthy performers included Bradley Roby and Lamarcus Joyner. Regarding the safeties, the two players considered at the top of the list are Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor.  The duo showcased their skills and demonstrated why many believe they will be the first two safeties selected.

TOP PHOTOS OF THE DEFENSIVE BACK PROSPECTS WORKING OUT

HEAR DIRECTLY FROM SOME OF THE TOP DEFENSIVE BACK PROSPECTS

TOP FIVE PERFORMANCES

40-Yard Dash

1. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State – 4.37
T-2. Philip Gaines, Rice –4.38
T-2. Jason Verrett, TCU – 4.38
4. Bradley Roby, Ohio State – 4.39
T-5. Brandon Dixon, Northwest Missouri State – 4.41
T-5.  Jaylen Watkins, Florida – 4.41

Bench Press

1. Brock Vereen, Minnesota – 25
2. Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt – 24
T-3. Keith Reaser, Florida Atlantic – 22
T-3. Jaylen Watkins, Florida – 22
T-5. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State – 20
T-5. Victor Hampton, South Carolina - 20
T-5. Rashaad Reynolds, Oregon State - 20

Vertical Jump

1. Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska – 41.5 inches
2. Bene Benwikere, San Jose State – 40.5 inches
T-3. Kendall James, Maine – 39.0 inches
T-3. Keith McGill, Utah – 39.0 inches
T-3. Jason Verrett, TCU – 39.0 inches

Broad Jump

1. Pierre Desir, Lindenwood – 133.0 inches
2. Keith McGill, Utah  – 129.0 inches
T-3. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech – 128.0 inches
T-3. Bennett Jackson, Notre Dame – 128.0 inches
T-3. Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska – 128.0 inches
T-3. Jason Verrett, TCU - 128.0 inches

 

 

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