Day 4: DBs To Watch
With the combine coming to a close we know that the RBs are slower than we thought, the WRs are faster than we thought and there will be a bunch of QBs running for their lives with this crop of pass rushers. The final day brings us to a DB group that looks to be pretty thin in the talent pool. However, there are always surprises. Here are the slightly off the radar guys I am going to be looking for.
1. Derron Smith FS-Fresno St : Smith is a little small for the position but on tape he comes up big. When you put on the USC bowl game tape from last year Smith tried to carry a poor defense to a win. He is one of those guys that his motor is always running and he is always trying to make a play. I think the combine is going to be his coming out party in a big way. He will excel in the "W" drill and the drills where he has to locate the ball in the air.
2. Senquez Golson CB- Ole Miss: I like Golson because he has good footwork and drives on the ball hard. He needs to work on staying on the WRs hip and being stronger on his jam. Despite his size Golson is a physical CB and will come up on run support and make plays. He might not run a blazing 40 time but I expect him to excel in the "W" drill and the speed turn drills. He has a tendency to get high in his backpedal so the backpedal weave and turn & catch drills will show me if he has worked on it.
3. Eric Rowe CB-Utah: Rowe is a big physical CB that has good footwork and drive. I want to see where his raw speed is because he did get beat over the top a few times in coverage. He is a converted S but looks like he has good flexibility in his hips and solid footwork. He should do well in the the backpedal and drive drills but will struggle finding the ball in the air.
4. Kevin White CB-TCU: White could end up being one of the better corners coming out of this draft if he tightens up a few things in his game. If he can perform well in the speed turn drills he will have fixed his biggest flaw. He got burned a few times vs. Baylor because instead of flipping his hips and making a good speed turn he would bail out the opposite way and try to make up ground. Of all the things he did that was the one that frustrated me the most. Aside from that he is one of the better CBs at coming up in run support and staying on his man's hip.