Combine Day Four (3/5/18)
DEFENSIVE BACK GROUP ONE:
Fastest 40-yard dash: (TIE) 3 players 4.32
Slowest 40-yard dash: Jamarcus King, South Carolina 4.70
Top Broad Jump: Denzel Ward, Ohio State 11'4"
Top Vertical: Chandon Sullivan, Georgia State 40.5"
Top 3-Cone Drill: Jordan Thomas, Oklahoma 6.28
Top Bench Press (225 lb.): Davontae Harris, Illinois State 22 reps
They split the DBs into corner and safety groups this year. Denzel Ward (Ohio State) was one of three players that ran a 4.32 forty. He tweaked his ankle and could not do any other drills, however. Tarvarus McFadden (Florida State) is a player that I really loved on tape, but not many corners that run 4.67 get drafted in round one. He was also slow flipping his hips to get up the field. Jaire Alexander (Louisville) was fast, flipped his hips quickly, showed excellent ball tracking, and was one of the few to have a good gauntlet drill. Donte Jackson (LSU) thought he would be in contention to beat the 4.22 of John Ross from a year ago but he ended up a full tenth short. Tony Brown (Alabama) was fast and showed a nice backpedal, but he was very lean. Jamarcus King (South Carolina) ran the slowest forty of this group and then left with an injury. Mike Hughes (UCF) has quick hips. Josh Jackson (Iowa) has natural ball skills. Taron Johnson (Weber State) became an instant meme after he took a ball off of his forehead in the gauntlet drill. Most of these guys look like their hands have cast-iron skillets on them.
DEFENSIVE BACK GROUP TWO:
Fastest 40-yard dash: Troy Apke, Penn State 4.35
Slowest 40-yard dash: Max Redfield, Indiana (PA) 4.69
Top Broad Jump: (TIE) Joshua Kalu, Nebraska and Terrell Edmunds, Virginia Tech 11'2"
Top Vertical: (TIE) Joshua Kalu, Nebraska and Terrell Edmunds, Virginia Tech 41.5"
Top 3-Cone Drill: (TIE) Troy Apke, Penn State and Godwin Igwebuike, Northwestern 6.56
Top Bench Press (225 lb.): Dane Cruikshank, Arizona 25 reps
Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama) ran a 4.47 forty but had an average vertical and broad jump. He looked beautiful changing directions. Derwin James (Florida State) ran a 4.48 40 and had a great vertical and broad jump. He showed fluid hips in all of his movements. Dane Cruikshank (Arizona) was much faster than I expected and had smooth hips. Terrell Edmunds (Virginia Tech) aced the athletic testing. Troy Apke (Penn State) put on a show for people like me that questioned why he was invited to the combine. Apke ran a group fastest 4.35 and had a 40-inch vertical. Ronnie Harrison (Alabama) did none of the tests due to a sore hamstring. Tre Flowers (Oklahoma State) ran a fast forty and looked smooth in the drills. His stock will definitely rise and I would not be shocked to see him drafted as a corner. NFL Network decided we only needed to see 20% of the safety workout so my notes were limited.
2018 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE
DEEP FRIED DRAFT