Combine Stats: Defensive Backs

Here’s an inside look at some of the Scouting Combine performances.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Categories: 2010 NFL Combine, Combine Results, Ryan Mink

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Sure, the health reports and measurements are what the Ravens front office is most interested in at the Scouting Combine. But let’s get to what us viewers pay attention to – what these guys look like in action.

Here’s a look at some of the results of note at the defensive back position Saturday at the Scouting Combine.

Bench Press

  1. Lucien Antione, Oklahoma State – 28
  2. Kyle Wilson, Boise State – 25
  3. Reshad Jones, Georgia – 24
  4. Kyle McCarthy, Notre Dame – 24
  5. Taylor Mays, Southern Carifornia – 24

40-Yard Dash

  1. Taylor Mays, Southern California – 4.43
  2. Brandon Ghee, Wake Forest – 4.45
  3. Chris Cook, Virginia – 4.46
  4. Eric Berry, Tennessee – 4.47
  5. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Indiana (PA) – 4.46

Vertical Jump

  1. A.J. Jefferson, Fresno State – 44.0
  2. Eric Berry, Tennessee – 43.0
  3. Taylor Mays, Southern California – 41.0
  4. Devin Ross, Arizona – 40.0
  5. Crezdon Butler, Clemson – 39.5

Good Impression: Taylor Mays, Southern California, 6-3, 230

Many scouts and media members expected a big showing from Mays. But I doubt anybody quite predicted this. Mays sent a ripple through the Combine when he ran an unofficial 4.24 40-yard dash, which would have tied Tennessee Titan Chris Johnson for the fastest time ever in the event. Officially, however, it was scaled back to a 4.43, which still made the bruising 6-foot-3 safety the fastest defensive back. Oh, and he was near the top in the bench press and vertical jump. Mays was teetering between the late first round and early second as the third safety in most mock drafts but this could shoot him clearly into the first. Where are the Raiders picking?

Worth a Second Look: Chris Cook, Virginia, 6-2, 212

First off, Cook is massive compared to most corners. You just don’t see many 6-foot-2 guys out there. You also don’t see many cornerbacks that run a 4.46 and have a broad jump of 11 feet (best for defensive backs). According to the NFL Network, he has great instincts, good toughness and versatility. What’s not to like here?

Subpar Impression: Joe Haden, Florida, 5-11, 193

Haden’s showed what many see on tape – a smooth athlete with great burst. But his 40-time definitely raised a flag. The top-10 prospect was clocked at 4.57 unofficially. While that’s not a turtle’s pace, he was expected to finish somewhere in the 4.4′s. “It’s going to be hard for scouts to get that 4.57 time out of their head when they think of an elite player,” said NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks.

Incomplete Workout: Kyle Wilson, Boise State; Nolan Carroll, Maryland

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