2017 NFL Combine Winners/Losers: Day 4

The 2017 NFL Combine allows dynasty fantasy football fans their first glimpse beyond the heavy equipment to determine whether a certain player can translate their college production into relevant fantasy points. Today we will be discussing the defensive backs, a usually ignored fantasy position. While there weren’t any major spoilers revealed, some players impressed (stock up) and most stayed the same (even) or failed by hurting themselves with unexpected performances (stock down). Keep in mind the NFL Combine is more about getting consistent medical reports and measurements while being able to compare athletes who play the same position. Please remember it is not all about the 40 yard dash and how many times someone put up 225 lbs. in the bench presses. These are my first impressions seeing these defensive backs without pads:

Defensive backs

Jamal Adams – 18 reps on bench, muscular, 4.56 40 (one of the reasons he is a safety), smooth, explosive, quick feet, balance, loose hips, tracks pigskin well, disappointing 31.5” vertical jump  (even)

Budda Baker – thick, former sprinter, little tight/more a thumper, good 40 4.45, tracks ball over shoulder, nice footwork, liked his gauntlet (stock slightly up)

Malik Hooker – didn’t participate in drills, having hip/hernia surgery and will not be able to practice with teams until August at earliest, maybe not until October, only a one-year starter (stock slightly down)

Adoree’ Jackson-thin, smooth, open hips, 4.42 40, tracks ball well, explosive, fluid, good gauntlet (stock slightly up)

Lorenzo Jerome – small school guy, who didn’t run as fast as Mayock had hoped (a disappointing 4.70 40), finds ball, takes extra steps, impressive gauntlet  (stock slightly down)

Marshon Lattimore – 38.5” vertical and 132” broad jumps, explosive, one-year starter, ran 4.36 40, hurt his hamstring (even)

Jourdan Lewis – slower 4.54 40, more of a nickel corner who should see a lot of action, 121” broad, breaks well on the ball  (even)

Obi Melifonwu – 17 bench reps, 44” vertical and 141” broad jumps, long and thick, explosive, big legs, 4.40 40, sinks hips well (stock up)

Jabrill Peppers – explosive, loose hips, burst, nice hands, breaks on ball (stock up)

Teez Tabor – slow 4.62 40, thin legs, didn’t stand out (stock down)

Tedric Thompson – 17 bench reps, tighter hips than I thought, hustle, true safety  (stock down)

Tre’davious White – physical, fast-twitched corner, loose hips, 4.47 40, attacks ball  (stock slightly up)

Xavier Woods – fluid, 4.54 40 (good for a safety), ball hawk, good backpedal  (stock slightly up)

And in case you missed the first 3 of this series:

Day 1  

Day 2

Day 3
Thanks for reading. I will continue to discuss my 2017 NFL Draft thoughts with you throughout the next two months, so keep checking the site for more content. Please check out my other content as well. You can also follow me on Twitter @AndrewMiley.

amiley

23 year FF vet, IDP Analyst, Internet Scout & Writer for Dynasty Football Factory, FSWA member, HS football coach O-line & D-line.

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