2015 NFL Combine: DB Recap

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Damarious Randall, Arizona St (5’11 | 196 | 4.46): One of the most underrated safeties in the draft pre-combine, Randall garnered some attention with a better than expected 4.46 40-time and one of the best 10-yard splits (1.56). Randall also looked fluid in the coverage drills and should have moved from early day 3 to late day 2.

Eric Rowe, Utah (6’1 | 205 | 4.45): Like Shaw, Rowe has experience at both corner and safety. He ran much better than expected in the 40 and had the 2nd best 3-cone time. His size, position versatility, and speed should move Rowe into the day 2 range.

Charles Gaines, Louisville (5’10 | 180 | 4.44): A bit raw on tape, but ran well and looked very fluid in the coverage drills. With a little technique work Gaines could be a shut-down slot corner and should get drafted late on day 2.

Justin Coleman, Tennessee (5’11 | 185 | 4.53): After a solid senior year covering #1 WRs in the SEC, Houston ran a solid 40, had a respectable 37″ vertical, and the best 3-cone time of all the combine participants (6.61). Houston was considered a mid day 3 pick, but after his impressive performance Monday he has a shot to sneak into the back half of round 3.

Steven Nelson, Oregon St (5’10 | 197 | 4.49): Slot corners are more important than ever with the proliferation of 3 & 4 receiver sets in the NFL. Nelson had one of the best performances at the Senior Bowl and then backed it up at the combine by finishing in the top 10 in every category except the vertical leap. He also showed off a ripped frame for his size and should be able to step in day 1 and contribute in sub packages. Nelson bumped his stock up as much as 2-3 rounds from the beginning of draft season and has a chance to be a late day 2 pick.

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