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The combine is finally over, which is probably a good thing since I was starting to hear Rich Eisen and Mike Mayock analyzing my dreams. It was a surprisingly positive combine with fewer players hurting their stock than any recent year I can remember. Perhaps there are reports of failed drug tests and botched interviews still to come, but for the most part more players helped their stock then hurt it.
I’ve already recapped every position except the defensive backs which I’ll cover today. You can check out the other positions via the links below.
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Draft Stock Rising
If you are reading this then you obviously have paid some attention to the combine and already know that projected 1st-2nd round picks Trae Waynes, Ronald Darby, Jalen Collins, Alex Carter, Kevin Johnson, and Landon Collins had good combines and that UConn’s Byron Jones broke the world record in the broad jump, so I’m going to focus on some lesser known guys who had good performances.
Josh Shaw, USC (6’0 | 201 | 4.44): Missed most of his senior season due to a suspension for lying about an ankle injury, but is having a good enough draft season to be in the mix for a late day 2 selection. Shaw has experience at both corner and safety, good size, and showed better than expected speed and agility on Monday. He also led all defensive backs with 26 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. His suspension is a red flag, but Shaw was a team captain before the lying fiasco and could be a steal in the mid rounds.
Jaquiski Tartt, Samford (6’1 | 221 | 4.53): One of my favorite small school prospects who is a big hitter, has great size for safety, and ran a better than expected 4.53. Tartt showed well in the coverage drills and may have locked up a day 2 draft slot.
Doran Grant, Ohio St (5’10 | 200 | 4.44): Not a flashy player and thus doesn’t get much attention, but Grant played mistake free football most of last season and surprised with a 4.44 40-time and one of the better 10-yard splits at 1.55.