NFL Scouting Combine: Defensive backs

The defensive backs took the field for the final day of the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. As always, the corners and safeties showed athleticism, speed and strength. This class will be in contention for one of the best defensive back classes we’ve seen in many years. With so many big names, there were high expectations.

Here are some winners and losers from the on the field workouts on Monday.


Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut

Melifonwu stole the show on Monday with his on the field workouts. He showed coaches and scouts his speed and ability. He ran a 4.40 forty, had a 44 inch vertical, and 141 inch broad jump. Though he was the talk of the defensive backs for most of the day, his tape does not show that Melifonwu’s ability is worthy of a first round pick.

Jaylen Myrick, Minnesota

Myrick cannot be ignored when talking about winners at the combine. He led the defensive backs with his forty time, a blazing 4.28. Myrick is not seen as a top pick by any means but put him on many teams’ radar with his elite straight-line speed. Though he’s under sized at 5-foot-10 300 pounds, his speed will allow him to find a role on an NFL team.

Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson

Tankersley has been on of the few names lost in the mix in this loaded defensive backs class. His 4.40 forty time surprised many. His long frame and 32 ¼ inch arms paired with his speed and what he’s put on tape on the field should have teams eager to call his name in April.



Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State

Despite only playing one season at Ohio State, Lattimore’s stock has exploded this offseason. He used that momentum and turned that into a solid performance at the NFL Scouting Combine by showcasing his speed. His main question was his hamstrings as he’s has had issues with them over his time with the Buckeyes. Many thought he tweaked his hamstring but later clarified it was his hip flexor. He showed his speed with a 4.36 40 but did not prove that he could be durable on a consistent basis.

Jamal Adams, LSU

Adams’ game tape speaks for itself, but for those, myself included, that were expecting Adams to steal the show, it did not happen. His 4.56 forty time does not reflect the speed that he plays on the field. Adams did not stand out on any particular drills but will still be in contention for the first defensive back taken in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Desmond King, Iowa

King was a guy I was excited to see heading into the combine. As the day was wrapping up, I realized that I kind of forgot about him. With so many names competing for the attention of NFL teams, the top guys are expected to step up. In my eyes, King did not. I don’t question his ability, versatility or athleticism but he, like Adams, is a guy that is going to be better for you with pads on in a game than at a combine.

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