Day three of the workouts has come and past seeing both the cornerbacks and safeties go through timed measurements along with on the field drills. In our NFL Combine Day 4 Standouts we take a look at whose generated the most buzz either good or negative.
NFL Combine Day 4 Standouts
Already the clear top defensive back in the draft, Okudah just needed to not bomb to keep his status, but he did the exact opposite as Okudah went out and dominated. Not only did he put up a respectable 4.48 40 yard dash he went and put up a 41″ vertical leap and 11’3″ broad jump which was best for any cornerback. But where Okudah really impressed was in the field drills where he showcased his fluid hips and quick hips that make him an elite shut down corner. After this week it’s not if he’s going to be a top 10 pick but can he be a top 5 guy?
Heading into the summer CJ Henderson looked like a potential top 10 pick but then was kinda a forgotten man as other cornerbacks seem to have passed him up. Well after the Combine expect to see Henderson back in the news. Henderson ended up with the 7th fastest 40 yard dash of any player at the Combine while also finishing in the top 5 in both the bench press and the vertical leap. At 6’1 204lbs Henderson has explosiveness and speed to go with toughness and may have just put himself back into first round consideration.
Kyle Dugger and Jeremy Chinn
For players coming from small schools the Combine is a big deal for them as they get to compete at the same field and next to those players who come from much bigger schools. So when Dugger and Chinn find themselves at the top of the athletic testing it can really back up their high level play on film.
For Dugger and Chinn they ran under 4.50 in the 40 yard dash which is excellent, the proceed to go 1, 2 in the vertical leap and the broad jump. This is great news for both as they also competed very well at the Senior Bowl in January. At this point we can feel comfortable talking about Dugger as a potential late round one option where as Chinn seems like a lock Day 2 pick.
There is not a single position that the 40 dash means more to than cornerback because if the receiver is faster than you, then they can typically run past you. So when Guidy posts a 4.29 40 yard dash that is something that catches your eye and will force you to go back and look at the tape. Utah has a loaded secondary so it was easy to for Guidy to get lost in the shuffle. Guidy was the Utes starting nickle back so it will be interesting to go back and see if his speed shows up on the field.