Combine Review: DB's
Yesterday’s DB workouts exposed some athletes at Corner and Safety, however the on-field drills did not flow as nicely as I would have liked. One of the most highly regarded CB prospects, Greedy Williams struggled to transition with fluidity and just looked sloppy in his mechanics and some other top ranked prospects didn’t participate or did not impress. For all of the DB prospects, I was looking for fluidity, knee bend, proper technique in their pedal, coordinated footwork, and ball skills.
David Long: Long looked exceedingly fluid in the drills and was quick to open and explode. He showed good mechanics in his backpedal and flashed quality speed all-around. Long will be a quality mid-round pick at CB.
Byron Murphy: Murphy is my top rated DB in this class and really showed off his skillset on the field. He ran a less than desirable 40 time, but he was one of the most fluid in his turns and was very controlled in his pedal. Murphy has limited length and speed, but offers great value as a field processing CB in zone coverage (functional In man).
Justin Layne: In my opinion, Justin Layne helped his stock the most out of any CB invited to the combine. Layne ran a decent time for his size (4.51) and showed in the on-field drills how easily he can open and match in coverage.
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson: CGJ is a versatile Safety prospect who has experience enforcing in the box, covering the slot, and playing In deep zone. He has impressive athletic and physical traits and showed out in the workouts. He will be a day one starter who can fit in at multiple positions.
Juan Thornhill: Thornhill’s stock took a big jump after his performances in the athletic tests that he participated in. He is a player who I will need to go back to the tape on to see if his testing speed is similar to his play speed.
Others: Ya-Sin, Love, Marshall, Johnson