Joe Marino’s Scouting Combine Notes: Defensive Backs


You can see all the testing results on our Combine Results Tracker. The focus of this recap article will be to analyze highlights/lowlights that you cannot simply read off the chart.

    • West Virginia S KJ Dillon covered ground in a hurry in drills and it was apparent that he knows how to take proper angles. He is the best safety prospect that nobody is talking about.
    • Houston CB William Jackson was among the most natural in drills. He transitioned his hips and changed William Jackson insidedirections with fluidity and quickness. I had him as a top-15 pick in my latest mock draft and look for him to continue to “ascend”.
    • Maryland DB Sean Davis is very intriguing. He is athletic and has a well-built frame. After flashing today and at the Senior Bowl, I am excited to evaluate his game tape.
    • Built up for being a super athlete, I was underwhelmed by Miami’s Artie Burns in drills. He is very tight in the hips and bubbled too much in his transitions.
    • I love the way that William and Mary S Deandre Houston-Carson performed in drills today. He was fiery, competitive and performed well. He is one of my favorites in this class and his intensity is unmatched.
    • After a great week at the Senior Bowl, Alabama CB Cyrus Jones continued his impressive 2016 draft season. His ability to burst off his back foot and drive forward is excellent. Ideal click and close corner. His technique is outstanding.
    • Texas A&M’s De’Vante Harris had a rough day and did not appear to have the same talent level as his peers.
    • On the contrary, Harris’ Texas A&M teammate Brandon Williams had a terrific day. He ran well, showed fluid hips and overall quickness to his movement skills.
    • Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves performed well in drills and displayed the best ball skills of any defensive back today. He is a natural playmaker at corner.
  • A guy that really caught my eye is North Carolina Central CB Ryan Smith. He was explosive transitioning, took good angles and showed terrific athleticism. I am eager to evaluate his game tape.
  • Florida State DB Jalen Ramsey had an exceptional workout and did everything he needed to do to solidify his status as a lock for the being selected in the top-5. He is a legitimate blue-chip secondary prospect.
  • Ohio State S Tyvis Powell had a heck of a day. He tested well and had a great workout. In a safety class that seems a bit unsettled, he truly helped himself.

Be sure to catch my notes from the previous three days worth of on-field drills:

Offensive Line and Running Backs

Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

Defensive Line and Linebackers