On Monday, the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine came to a close with the defensive backs working on the field in their drills. The two groups of players were separated by their likely positions in the NFL, cornerback and safety, and both batches had several impressive prospects post excellent numbers.
At cornerback, a whopping seven players ran under 4.40 in the 40-yard dash. That group was led by Ohio State’s Denzel Ward, Tulane’s Perry Nickerson, and LSU’s Donte Jackson, all of whom ran the 40 in 4.32 seconds to post the top spot for the entire 2018 Combine class. Meanwhile, Oklahoma’s J.T. Thomas set an all-time Combine record in the 3-cone drill, with a ridiculous 6.28-second time.
At safety, Penn State’s Troy Apke posted arguably the best workout overall, running a 4.34 40 and putting up an absurd 41” vertical. He also led the field with a 6.56-second cone drill, matching Northwestern’s Godwin Igwebuike for the best time among safeties. Natrell Jamerson from Wisconsin also posted an excellent time in the 40 at 4.40 seconds, while Florida State’s Derwin James — one of the top prospects at the position — ran an excellent 4.47 with a 40” vert.
See below for the full results for all of the defensive backs.