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2016 NFL Combine: Day 6 - DB Notes

The annual combine wrapped up on Monday with on-field testing and drills for the defensive backs. Overall, the draft class is shaping up nicely for the Ravens with a very deep crop of pass rushers and cornerbacks with coverage skills.

Stephen M. Dowell, Orlando Sentinel


- Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey established himself as an explosive 'freak' athlete at the combine.  He ran a 4.41 40-yard dash, which is an excellent time for a big cornerback to go along with a huge 41.5" vertical leap, tied for the best among all combine participants, and the second best broad jump in combine history at 11'3".  Ramsey also showed good agility and made good breaks on the ball during drills.  Unfortunately for Ravens fans, he has all but locked up a Top 5 overall selection.

- Auburn cornerback Jonathan Jones did well for himself in the testing with 19 reps on the bench press and a 4.33 40-yard dash time.  He is a bit on the short side at 5'9" but his speed and athleticism could make him a solid slot corner.

- Houston cornerback William Jackson III ran a 4.37 second 40-yard dash time and has solid size at 6' 189 pounds.  Jackson showcased his loose hips and excellent balls skills through the on-field drills.  This under the radar prospect  may have vaulted himself into the first round of the draft after a very impressive combine performance.

- Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple has ideal size at 6'1" 199 pounds.  Apple helped his stock with a 4.40 second 40 time and made a great one handed catch during the drills.  His technique is somewhat raw at this point but he could be a great second round developmental pick.


- Boise State safety Darian Thompson posted 12 bench press reps, a disappointing total for a strong safety type.  Thompson followed that up with a slow 4.69 second 40-yard dash time.

- Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III had an underwhelming 40 yard dash time of 4.5 seconds and a 1.6 second 10-yard split, not great for a smaller corner.  Hargreaves vertical leap of 39" was good and he showed great feet in the drills but his hips were a little tight.  Based off this performance, Hargreaves looks to be drafted in the 7-12 range, unable to crack the top 5.