The defensive backs wrapped up this year's NFL Scouting Combine in impressive fashion today, with some of the top prospects backing up their high draft stock with some excellent times in the 40-yard dash. It proved to be an encouraging finish to a combine that saw some players who have been drawing lots of attention disappoint in their drills.
Dee Milliner of Alabama, however, did not disappoint, and still should be the first cornerback taken in the draft. He ran an excellent 4.37-second 40, which was beaten by only one player: Robert Alford of Southeastern Louisiana. Milliner's other drills weren't quite as impressive, but were very respectable nonetheless, and he is suddenly shooting up into top-5 consideration.
Another blue-chip prospect who impressed today was Washington's Desmond Trufant, who ran the 40 in 4.38 seconds. He also was one one-hundredth of a second behind the fastest time in the short shuttle drill at 3.85 seconds. Xavier Rhodes continued to add to his credentials with a very good 4.43 time in the 40, but his explosiveness was on display as he tied for the highest vertical (43 inches) and longest broad jump (132 inches) of any cornerback.
As for the safeties, only three players ran their 40s faster than 4.50 seconds, and none of them are projected as first-round picks. Shamarko Thomas of Syracuse had one of the best days overall, leading all safeties with a 4.42-second 40, 28 reps on the bench press, and a 40.5-inch vertical. LSU's Eric Reid looked explosive, tying that vertical mark while leading the way with a 134-inch broad jump and posting a solid 4.53, which was matched by Florida's Matt Elam.
Here are the full results: