This is the 2013 NFL Combine Stock Report for the defensive backs. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.
2013 NFL Combine: Stock Report - Defensive Backs
David Amerson, S/CB, N.C. State
David Amerson had a terrible 2012 campaign, so he needed a boost in Indianapolis. He came through, running a 4.38 40 with a 1.52 10-yard split. He may have put himself back into second-round consideration.
Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Johnthan Banks had a very impressive weigh-in. He was a legitimate 6-2, 185 with 33 7/8-inch arms. Unfortunately, he had one of the worst 40s of all the defensive backs, notching a 4.59 with a 1.59 10-yard split. He could have trouble being selected in the first round.
Dwayne Gratz, CB, Connecticut
Dwayne Gratz had one of the longer arm measurements of all the defensive backs (32 1/8), yet he still was able to knock out 22 bench press reps at 5-11, 201.
FEB. 26 UPDATE: Gratz had a stellar Tuesday in Indianapolis. He ran a 4.35 with a 1.50 10-yard split. He also thrived in the drills. Mike Mayock commented that there's a buzz surrounding Gratz.
Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma
Tony Jefferson needed a good Combine because he's seen his draft stock tumble recently. He ran the second-slowest official 40 time of any defensive back at 4.75 (Zeke Motta, 4.83), but that's because he pulled his hamstring. Still, he gets a stock down arrow because he couldn't take advantage of his opportunity.
Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
Tyrann Mathieu bulked up. He was in the 170s the last time he was listed at LSU, but he showed up to the Combine and checked in at 5-9, 186. Despite this, he managed just four reps of 225. That was pathetic. It showed teams that he hasn't been working out despite having the entire fall off.
FEB. 26 UPDATE: Mathieu generally had a good Tuesday. He ran an unofficial 4.43 40 with a 1.51 10-yard split, which are decent numbers for him. He also looked very good in the field drills. Some observers, including Greg Cossell, didn't agree with that last part. Deion Sanders kept insisting that Mathieu would be chosen in the second round in April, while Mike Mayock declared that he would go off the board in the third or fourth round.
Brandon McGee, CB, Miami
Brandon McGee turned some heads on Tuesday when he ran a 4.38 40. His 10-yard split, 1.46, was the fastest for any defensive back. He also did very well in the field drills.
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Some had concerns about Dee Milliner's speed entering the Combine, but the Alabama product silenced his critics. He ran an unofficial 4.31 40 with a 1.49 10-yard split. He also had a decent vertical of 36 inches. Milliner wasn't dominant in the field drills - he dropped countless balls - but he did enough Tuesday to make himself a strong candidate for the Lions at No. 5 overall.
Eric Reid, S, LSU
Eric Reid posted some awesome numbers at the Combine. His 4.53 40 wasn't great, but it was solid for a safety. His 10-yard split of 1.47 was exceptional. His best figures were his 40.5-inch vertical and 11-2 broad jump.
Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Xavier Rhodes has a very impressive frame that could help him sneak into the first round. Not only is Rhodes 6-2, 210; he also had the third-longest arms of any defensive back at the Combine (33 3/4 inches).
FEB. 26 UPDATE: Rhodes helped his first-round status by running 4.41 in the 40 with a 1.47 10-yard split. He also notched a 40.5-inch vertical and an 11-foot broad jump. He was solid in the drills as well. Rhodes could go as high as No. 13 to Tampa Bay.
Nickell Robey, CB, USC
Nickell Robey was considered small at his 5-foot-8 USC listing, but he checked in at 5-7 at the Combine. He also tied for the shortest arms (29 3/4 inches). Robey is unbelievably small, so it makes you wonder if he'll be drafted at all.
Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
Darius Slay had an outstanding Combine. With many focusing on Johnthan Banks, Slay stood out as the top Mississippi State defensive back. Slay ran an unofficial 4.31 40 and posted 35.5-inch vertical and a 10-4 broad jump. Slay was excellent in the field work.
Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
Jamar Taylor had the fourth-fastest official 40 time of all the defensive backs. He ran a 4.39 (4.32 unofficial) with a 1.47 10-yard split. He also had a 35-inch vertical and 10-7 broad jump, which helped to solidify his second-round status.
Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse
Everyone had a good laugh at Shamarko Thomas when he fell flat on his face following his first 40, but he somehow managed a 4.38. His vertical (40.5) and broad jump (11-1) were also awesome. He worked out very well in the field drills.
Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Desmond Trufant was the top corner at the Senior Bowl, and he continued to build his pre-draft momentum with an exceptional Combine. He ran 4.31 unofficially with a 1.47 10-yard split. Trufant was already 13th in my previous 2013 NFL Mock Draft, and he'll likely stay there in this week's update. He's a stud.
B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary
B.W. Webb, who checked in at 5-10, 184, had the third-shortest arms of any defensive back at the Combine. They measured in at 30 1/4 inches.
Steve Williams, CB, California
Steve Williams is a small corner (5-9, 181), so he needed to run fast because no one likes short and slow. Williams appeared to tie Chris Johnson's 40 record with a 4.25, but he was later clocked officially at 4.42. His vertical (40.5) and broad jump (10-8) were also excellent.
Earl Wolff, S, N.C. State
Earl Wolff was one of the most athletic safeties in Indianapolis. He ran an unofficial 4.37. He was awesome in the vertical (39 inches) and broad jump (11-2).
I have no problems with your mock draft for the Raiders. I'm sure you're aware of the need at MLB, but doubling up on defensive tackles would make as much sense given the lack of pass rush outside of Mack.
@jsemmens I've been to the Big Board in the past, but it's still an inefficient way of going about a mock. Not to mention, reports and the people writing them change, no? I come to Walt's site because I used to like his insight on every player. Now, it's simply team needs and a very limited amount of actual analysis. You definitely need SOME amount of explanation behind a pick with regards to team need, but you need much more of the player evaluation angle. Any dummy can write why a particular team "needs" a specific position; it takes a pretty good eye to understand what player needs to fill it. Again, just my 2 cents.
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