Defensive winners and losers at the Combine
Xavier Rhodes: What Rhodes did at the combine could land him in the top-12 picks of the draft. His size (6'1'', 210) was always his strength on the scouting report, but he showed at the combine that he has exceptional athleticism to go with it. A 4.43 forty-yard dash is a plus for a big, physical press-man corner like Rhodes, and he also finished first among cornerbacks in both the vertical and broad jump.
Blidi Wreh-Wilson: A bit of a polarizing prospect, some people are high on Wreh-Wilson as a late first-round pick, while some have him much lower in their mock drafts. To win over uncertain scouts, Wreh-Wilson needed to stand out at the combine, and he failed to crack the top-11 in four different drills while not cracking the top-five in any. There was concern that Wreh-Wilson would only fit in a zone-based scheme, and he didn't help his cause with a poor combine showing.
Johnthan Banks: His 4.61 forty-yard dash was one of the worst among cornerbacks. Showed mediocre explosiveness (relative to his position) in the vertical and broad jumps, and was very poor in the three-cone drill and shuttle run, which may cause scouts to question his potential in man coverage.
Eric Reid: His forty time of 4.53 was impressive for a player at his position, and he showed great explosiveness in both the vertical and broad jump by finishing first in both drills.
Shamarko Thomas: You may not have heard of him, but he dominated just about everything he took part in at the combine (despite falling on his face after running an impressive 4.42 forty). He finished first in the forty-yard dash, first in bench press, tied for first in vertical jump, and third in broad jump. He showed the speed, strength, and explosiveness to get plenty of NFL teams interested.
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