The defensive backs took to the field on the final day of workouts and, as expected, they flashed. Whether it was getting close to Chris Johnson’s 4.24 40 yard dash time or straight up stumbling whilst running, there were some moments of concern and some moments of triumph. Let’s focus on the latter. Here are the guys who improved their draft stock on Tuesday:
David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State
- One of the top rated corners entering the college football season, Amerson is showing why at the combine. Amerson didn’t blow anybody away with his 4.44 40, his 15 reps on the bench press, or his vertical and broad jump, but he looked great in drills. This guy will be mocked anywhere from the late first round to the third because of his tape and combine. I see him as an early second rounder, but if he slips into the first round due to his combine work, don’t be shocked.
Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
- Milliner will likely be the top corner in the 2013 NFL Draft, and he deserves it. Sure, he dropped a ball during drills, but the game tape speaks for itself. Milliner did just enough by showing he has elite speed with a 4.37 40 time. Teams won’t have anything to worry about knowing he’s the second fastest guy in the draft and that he can play ball.
Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
- I’ve been high on Alford for a while, so don’t be shocked he’s on this list. I was really pleased watching his workouts though. Alford was a top performer in the 40 (4.39), the bench press (17 reps), vertical (40 inches), and broad jump (132 inches). This guy is going to go higher than a lot of people think. Teams took notice of his consistency, now they just need to turn on the tape.
- Luke N. Sims
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