There are some very high-end safeties and cornerbacks in this draft and I think we will end up seeing two safeties go in the Top 15 with Malik Hooker and Jamal Adams. They are both absolute studs and they have the athleticism to back it up. Marshon Lattimore is a stud cornerback but he has some injury issues that could cause him to fall further than he should go. If he was able to stay healthy, he would be a lock for a Top 10 pick.
Jamal Adams, S, LSU: I’m not sure who will come off the board first between Adams and Hooker, but I do know that they are both studs. Adams weighed in at 5’11” 214 lbs, posted a 4.56 40, 18 reps on the bench, a 31.5″ vertical and a 10′ broad jump. He actually looked smoother during drills than I thought he would and I have high expectations for him.
Budda Baker, S, Washington: Budda Baker is closer to Tyrann Mathieu than Jabrill Peppers is. The guy just seems to make plays when he’s on the field. He’s only 5’9″ 195 lbs, but he posted a 4.45 40, 15 reps on the bench, a 32.5″ vertical and a 9’7″ broad jump. He’s not exactly an explosive athlete at his size, but he makes plays.
Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State: Conley weighed in at 6′ 195 lbs, posted a 4.44 40, 11 reps on the bench, a 37″ vertical and a 10’9″ broad jump. I think he looked fantastic in drills and quite frankly, he’s one of my favorite cornerback in the draft. He has some major potential at the next level.
Lano Hill, S, Michigan: Delano Hill, now going by Lano, is quickly rising up draft boards. He’s done very well in the post-season bowl games and testing. He weighed in at 6’1″ 216 lbs, posted a 4.47 40, 17 reps on the bench, a 33.5″ vertical and a 9’7″ broad jump. He’s proven to be a much better athlete than many anticipated and he looked very fluid during the movement drills. Keep an eye on him.
Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama: Humphrey is CB1 for a lot of Draftniks and he looked pretty good at the combine. He weighed in at 6′ 197 lbs, with a 4.41 40, and a 10’5″ broad jump. He’s a better athlete than most DBs and I expect him to go in the Top 20 picks.
Adoree Jackson, CB, USC: One of my favorite players since Michigan started recruiting him. The kid just flat-out makes plays and while there is some developmental work to be done at cornerback, he’s going to do some special things at the NFL level. He weighed in at 5’10” 186 lbs, posted a 4.42 40 with a 36″ vertical and a 10’2″ broad jump. He showed good athleticism during drills and he’s going to have at least one touchdown as a rookie. Book it.
Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State: Lattimore is the other CB in contention to be the first cornerback off the board and strictly based off of film and athleticism, he probably should be. The only issue is that he cannot seem to stay healthy. He ended up tweaking something during his second 40 and did not go through any of the drills. Before that though, he did weigh in at 6′ 193 lbs, ran a 4.36 40, posted a 38.5″ vertical and an 11′ broad jump. The talent is there, but is the durability?
Obi Melifonwu, S, UConn: Apparently all the DB freakshows come out of UConn. Obi Melinfonwu has been climbing draft boards since the Senior Bowl, but no one was expecting this. He weighed in at 6’3″ 224 lbs and posted a 4.4 40, 17 reps on the bench, a 44″ vertical and an 11’9″ broad jump. Truly some asinine numbers. He’s going to get a look in the late first round simply because you cannot teach this type of athleticism.
Jaylen Myrick, CB, Minnesota: Myrick is a guy that turned heads with his 40 time, posting a 4.28 40 at 5’10” 200 lbs. I wasn’t really enamored with him in any other regard, but some teams are going to give his tape another look because of that time and that’s huge for him.
Teez Tabor, CB, Florida: Once upon a time Jalen “Teez” Tabor was thought to be the best cornerback at Florida. Better than Vernon Hargreaves III. But as it turns out Quincy Wilson is better than them both (Wilson is in this draft and had a decent day at the Combine). Teez posted a 4.62 40 and that’s just not what he needed. He looked far less athletic than I thought he would be and he’s going to lose a lot of money come draft day. That being said, a team is going to end up with a great pick in the 3rd round.
Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado: Witherspoon is an intriguing player and a guy I hope the Lions take a look at. He weighed in at a 6’2″ 198 lbs, posted a 4.45 40, a 40.5″ vertical and a 10’7″ broad jump. He did look pretty raw during some drills, but you cannot teach that prototype size and athleticism.
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