Top DB Combine Numbers
The DBs kind of disappointed me Monday, only because it wasn't too many great athletes. Even in the workouts, some dudes just looked too tight in the hips and didn't show good footwork. Despite the disappointments, I know that I can't completely judge these corners and safeties by their measurables and combine performance.
One guy that did wow the world was conerback Byron Jones, out of UConn. Jones broke the world record in the Broad Jump and leaped 44.5 inches in the vertical leap. Jones didn't participate in the 40 but his coach, Bob Diaco, told Mike Mayock he could top out at 4.3.
Tre Waynes solidified himself as the best corner in this year's draft. NFL.com compares to Antonio Cromartie, which I think is solid, but he reminds me of a more athletic Richard Sherman. He is a very good bump-n-run corner that can hold his own on an island. He will have to adjust to the NFL rules when it comes to putting your hands on a receiver but I don't think that is a huge issue, and something you could teach over time.
Ronlad Darby also had a great day at the combine, probably second behind Waynes. Darby doesn't have the big size teams are looking for in Corners now but he do have the speed to run with anyone. He is a former track star out of Potomac High School in Maryland, which makes helps make him a solid cover corner. Many scouts question his toughness and willingness to engage into run defense, which I think is what stops him from being a true 1st-2nd round pick.
Jalen Collins will likely be the second corner off the board. He has the size and speed, running a 4.48 in the forty. This is another DB out of LSU that should go in the top 3 rounds. He only has 10 starts in his career but he made the best of them obviously. He will have to work on his technique on the next level.
This isn't a strong safety class, a lot of slow dudes also. Landon Collins, out of Alabama, is top of the list this year. Collins is a big fast safety that loves to hit. He is basically an extra linebacker on the field, similar to Kam Chancellor. The most important things I look for in a safety is there ball skills, instincts and how intelligent they are, and I think Landon could work on all three with the right coaching.