The 2022 NFL Scouting Combine has reached the fourth and final day as the defensive backs and special teams players take the field. After today, prospects will return to training centers in preparation for Pro Days. Visits with teams will soon begin as well.
The cornerback group is relatively loaded with talent even with LSU’s Derek Stingley Jr. opting not to participate. Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner, Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton, Washington cornerbacks Trent McDuffie and Kyler Gordon, Florida cornerback Kaiir Elam and Clemson cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. are some of the elite talents expected to be on display. One sleeper to watch is Texas-San Antonio cornerback Tariq Woolen. He is a long prospect that is supposed to test very well.
In most years, the special teams do not get much love but this year is a bit different. San Diego State kicker/punter Matt Araiza was a weapon for the Aztecs last season. He will partake in drills. A year ago, Florida kicker Evan McPherson was preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft and would go on to be one of the postseason stars.
Follow along in our live blog below for more analysis and background on the prospects participating Sunday! You can also catch up on the first three days of the combine below as well.
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Daxton Hill with a 4.43u is very impressive.
Toledo’s Tycen Anderson is a lengthy safety that could be an option looking for a Kyle Hamilton-type player on Day 3. Florida A&M DB Markquese Bell’s 4.45 speed shows up on tape. He plays a lot in the box.
We are waiting for the safeties to get rolling here.
Washington’s Trent McDuffie is someone that has looked really smooth through drills today. He is often talked about as that third cornerback behind Ahmad Gardner and Derek Stingley Jr. but zone-heavy teams are going to be drawn to him.
Derion Kendrick, a Clemson transfer that played against the Tigers in the first game of the season. He ends up winning a national championship with the Bulldogs.
It’s been awesome getting DeAngelo Hall’s take on these drills. He’s done a great job articulating what he is looking for in this drill.
Official 40-yard dash times:
Kalon Barnes (Baylor): 4.23 seconds
Tariq Woolen (UTSA): 4.26 seconds
Those are the fastest times ever by a defensive back but falls short of John Ross’ all-time combine record of 4.21.
Notre Dame’s Kyle Hamilton broad jumped 10-feet-11-inches, which is nuts. Tied for 30th all-time among safeties.
Daniel Jeremiah making a great point that Roger McCreary plays at his top speed. It is great running the 40-yard dash fast but if that does not translate to the field, then who cares? McCreary is not a burner but he plays like it.
Really nice rep from Washington’s Kyler Gordon. He kept his hips low, opened those hips easily but tight, found the football in the air and completed the play.
Kentucky safety Yusuf Corker led all defensive backs with 23 reps on the bench press. Penn State safety Jaquan Brisker and Oklahoma State safety Kolby Harvell-Peel were the only others to top 20.
Ahmad Gardner is regarded as a possible top 10 pick but it was actually his teammate, Coby Bryant, that won college football’s Thorpe Award given to the best defensive back.
Tariq Woolen is the only guy that I thought would challenge Kalon Barnes’ time today. His second unofficial attempt was 4.30
4.55 from Auburn’s Roger McCreary. He is not a burner and no one expected him to be. Where he falls short in speed, he makes up for in confidence, competitive toughness, versatility and resilience. He may not be an All-Pro type guy but McCreary is someone that you can draft and feel confident in what you get for a decade.
Ahmad Gardner improves his time with a 4.47u. It’s not a WOW time that is going to force people to go back and re-evaluate his position amongst the top cornerbacks.
Baylor’s Kalon Barnes re-takes the crown as fastest of the day with a 4.29.
4.31 for Tariq Woolen. He was moving.
4.41 would be a fantastic time for Alontae Taylor.
4.57 for Kyler Gordon is disappointing if it holds. I expected him to be in the 4.3s, if not higher.
Strange run from Ahmad Gardner. 4.52 is a solid time but it really looked like he was grinding. Never looked comfortable.
The CBSSports DB rankings:
LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. (2)
Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton (3)
Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad Gardner (12)
Clemson cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. (14)
Auburn cornerback Roger McCreary (16)
Michigan safety Daxton Hill (24)
Florida cornerback Kaiir Elam (26)
Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie (32)
Kaiir Elam is considered a bigger corner so 4.47u is a good time for him.
Decobie Durant representing the same South Carolina State that produced Darius Leonard.
The defensive back group:
- Tycen Anderson, Toledo
- Jalyn Armour-Davis, Alabama
- Kalon Barnes, Baylor
- Markquese Bell, Florida A&M
- Dane Belton, Iowa
- Bubba Bolden, Miami
- Andrew Booth, Clemson
- Jaquan Brisker, Penn State
- Montaric Brown, Arkansas
- Coby Bryant, Cincinnati
- Percy Butler, Louisiana
- Tariq Castro-Fields, Penn State
- Lewis Cine, Georgia
- Qwynnterrio Cole, Louisville
- Bryan Cook, Cincinnati
- Yusuf Corker, Kentucky
- Nick Cross, Maryland
- Cobie Durant, South Carolina State
- Kaiir Elam, Florida
- MJ Emerson, Mississippi State
- Akayleb Evans, Missouri
- DaMarcus Fields, Texas Tech
- Cordale Flott, LSU
- Sauce Gardner, Cincinnati
- Mario Goodrich, Clemson
- Kyler Gordon, Washington
- Vincent Gray, Michigan
- Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame
- Kolby Harvell-Peel, Oklahoma State
- Dax Hill, Michigan
- Joshua Jobe, Alabama
- Jack Jones, Arizona State
- Marcus Jones, Houston
- Kerby Joseph, Illinois
- Derion Kendrick, Georgia
- Quentin Lake, UCLA
- Chase Lucas, Arizona State
- Damarri Mathis, Pittsburgh
- Zyon McCollum, Sam Houston State
- Roger McCreary, Auburn
- Trent McDuffie, Washington
- Verone McKinley III, Oregon
- Smoke Monday, Auburn
- Leon O’Neal, Texas A&M
- Jalen Pitre, Baylor
- Chris Steele, USC
- Derek Stingley Jr., LSU
- Alontae Taylor, Tennessee
- Cam Taylor-Britt, Nebraska
- Isaac Taylor-Stuart, USC
- Juanyeh Thomas, Georgia Tech
- Josh Thompson, Texas
- Delarrin Turner-Yell, Oklahoma
- Jermaine Waller, Virginia Tech
- Jaylen Watson, Washington State
- Sam Webb, Missouri Western State
- Damarion Williams, Houston
- Joshua Williams, Fayetteville State
- JT Woods, Baylor
- Tariq Woolen, UTSA
- Mykael Wright, Oregon
Daniel Jeremiah calling his shot that John Ross’ record could go down today. Tariq Woolen, Kalon Barnes and Kyler Gordon are the names we are watching.
Defensive backs up now.
When the defensive backs take the field, we are looking at Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner, Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton, Washington cornerbacks Trent McDuffie and Kyler Gordon, Florida cornerback Kaiir Elam and Clemson cornerback Andrew Booth Jr.
Special teams going through drills now.
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