The final day of the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine has come and gone and as usual the defensive backs closed out the event. We saw some players step up and a few eye popping numbers from some unexpected names. To find out the biggest stories from Monday’s action our NFL Combine Day 6 News has you covered.
NFL Combine Day 6 News, Notes and Rumors
Josh Rosen for a 3rd?
Everyday we’ve heard more and more come out in regards to the Arizona Cardinals and Kyler Murray. Today it has to deal with the trade value of Josh Rosen. Word out is that the early word on what the Cardinals would get back in return for Rosen is a third round pick. This is coming from a team that traded up last year to get Rosen. I’m taking this news with a grain of salt as this is early talk and teams who don’t need a quarterback could be feeding this information. While Rosen didn’t set the world on fire, he also played on a poor offense both skill and coaching wise. Plus he’s a much better prospect than Murray or Haskins is this year. The talk is if they can only get a 3rd round pick they may hold onto Rosen, but when it’s all said and done a high second round pick likely does the trick. Heck if I was the Patriots I’d give up the 32nd overall pick.
Greedy Williams Confirms Speed
Coming to Indianapolis Greedy Williams was considered either the top or second best cornerback on many analysts boards. Williams looked to solidify himself as the top guy when he ran a 4.38 40 yard dash to go with his size and length making him very attractive to NFL teams that run press man coverage. However from there it was another story as Williams struggled in the early on field drills and then sat the rest out with cramps. In the backpedal Williams was too high and then when he made his transition he stumbled a bit causing him to be all over the place. On commentary Dion Sanders talked about how he was too high but that is something that can be easily fixed. I also feel that these drills don’t really fit a true press man corner like Williams because he’ll rarely be backpedaling. Williams was at his best lined up right on the receiver where he could turn and run with receivers. Yes he needs to fix his technique a bit, but teams that tend to play more off coverage were always going to lower their value on him. So this wasn’t a great showing, but I don’t think it really changes much for Williams.
Justin Layne Impresses
The Justin Layne buzz was starting to heat up before the Combine, but after his performance on Monday there is some real talk of whether he could slide into the first round. Layne ran a 4.50 40 which isn’t blazing, but for his size along with his 33″ arms is pretty good for a press man corner. But Layne didn’t slow down as he killed the on field drills showing smooth movement skills. Most of these drills don’t suit the press man corners, but Layne showed the ability to go in and out of breaks and was great in his transitions. For his size he may have shown the best movements of the entire group.
Byron Murphy Dazzles
The day didn’t start out great for Byron Murphy who ran a 4.54 40 yard dash, but from there on it was clear that Murphy was one of the best cornerbacks there. The 40 time doesn’t bother me that much because Murphy plays fast on tape and will get his pro day to be able to improve the time. In the field drills Murphy showed off his quick twitch ability and fluid hips to change directions smoothly. If it wasn’t for the pedestrian 40 time, Murphy just crushed everything just standing out.
Another cornerback that was getting a lot of attention heading into the Combine was Joejuan Williams who looks like a linebacker playing outside at cornerback. Big press man corners are not expected to run fast but his 4.64 time isn’t great and was real choppy throughout. As I stated previously the drills are not great for true press man corners but guys like Layne and Trayvon Mullen both were able to do well while Williams struggled. Williams tape was a bit underwhelming when I watched it and didn’t match where other said he could go, so maybe his stock will go back down to where it should be.
Talented Clemson defenders are nothing new to the NFL Combine, but normally they are defensive lineman. Trayvon Mullen wanted to get in on the action and went out Monday and impressed. A true press man corner Mullen ran a blazing time of 4.46 showing that he can turn and run with receivers while also looking good in field drills. I wouldn’t say that Mullen is fluid, but he was able to come come in and out of breaks and cover space in a hurry. While the first round may be too rich for him, Mullen solidified his ranking as a day two corner for a team than runs a lot of press man coverage.
Darnell Savage is an Athlete
After watching Savage on tape it is easy to see his speed and explosiveness. So seeing him run a 4.36 40 yard dash while testing well in the broad jump and vertical leap are no surprise either. But Savage also tested well in the change of direction drills too (3-Cone, Short Shuttle) which illustrates his ability to play man coverage in the slot and even sit back in single high. This safety class lacks elite talent, we could see Savage being a guy that rises up draft boards the more you see of him and have him going to a team in the second round that needs a free safety. I know our very own JT Olsen is a big Savage fan.
Zedrick Woods Shocks the World
It is safe to say that nobody saw Mississippi safety Zedrick Woods setting the mark for the fastest Combine 40 yard dash this year. Heck for those who watched tape on Woods they note that he played slow on tape. But his 4.29 40 yard dash sure got everybody’s attention. This means we have to go back at watch the tape to see if we missed anything or does he just run faster outside of pads? This reminds me a bit of Minnesota cornerback Jalen Myrick whose 4.28 40 out shined his play on the field and just got signed to a futures deal with the Minnesota Vikings.
Juan Thornhill Does it All
If you didn’t know much about Juan Thornhill coming into the Combine, then you’re probably going to be a lot more familiar with him now. After finishing with the 5th best safety 40 time at 4.42, he had the best vertical leap (44″) and broad jump (11’9″) of any safety. If you want speed and explosiveness, Thornhill has both. At Virginia Thornhill was used all over the field as both a slot corner and back at safety. Thornhill isn’t highly ranked in my list, so this is one player I need to go back and rewatch.