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    Darqueze Dennard, Bradley Roby top DBs to watch at combine

    Darqueze Dennard, Bradley Roby top DBs to watch at combine
    By Mike Huguenin
    College Football 24/7 writer
    Published: Feb. 14, 2014 at 05:16 p.m.
    Updated: Feb. 14, 2014 at 08:20 p.m.

    The NFL Scouting Combine runs Feb. 22-25 in Indianapolis, and it brings together 335 of the nation's most draftable players and numerous front-office representatives and scouts from each NFL team.

    A big portion of the combine is the individual events, such as the 40-yard dash, the bench press and the vertical jump.

    This is Part 5 of our position-by-position look at the combine, spotlighting defensive backs. We look at six prospects who will be scrutinized this year and also look at noteworthy event performances in the past five combines. We'll also look at how notable current players performed at their combine events.

    Six to watch this year

    CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State: Will he be the first corner off the board? His 40 time might tell the tale. Most scouts love his physical, aggressive nature, but his detractors wonder about his speed -- or lack thereof. He certainly isn't as fast as Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert or Ohio State's Bradley Roby.

    CB Pierre Desir, Lindenwood (Mo.): He has good size (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) and is a big-time athlete who physically overmatched his Division II opponents. He has some issues with his technique, not surprising, given his level of competition. How early he goes could be determined by how well he runs in the various combine drills.

    CB Keith McGill, Utah: At 6-3, 214 pounds, McGill played a lot of safety with the Utes and is a physically imposing corner, which NFL teams covet, thanks to Seattle's suffocating style of play. But does he truly have the speed and quickness to be a corner in the NFL?

    FS Calvin Pryor, Louisville: Pryor (6-2, 208), who left after his junior season, is a big hitter who really brings the wood, and he has crept into the first round in some mock drafts. Is he the best safety in the draft? Most say that moniker belongs to Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who like Pryor is a Florida native. Can Pryor outperform Clinton-Dix at the combine?

    CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State: His draft stock is lower now than it was at this time last year. Roby (5-11, 192) is a big-time athlete who should have a sub-4.4 40 time. He needs to show off his athleticism at the combine.

    SS Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois: He probably is the No. 1 strong safety on numerous draft boards and can solidify that spot with a strong combine. Ward (5-10, 191) played in the shadow of NIU QB Jordan Lynch but is a vastly better pro prospect. He is more quick than fast, but his 40 time still bears watching.


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    Re: Darqueze Dennard, Bradley Roby top DBs to watch at combine

    If the Rams can pick up one of Clinton-Dix or Pryor I would be over the moon

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    Re: Darqueze Dennard, Bradley Roby top DBs to watch at combine

    Roby, in my opinion, is a 3rd round prospect. There are probably 5-6 CBs I'd take over him.

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    Re: Darqueze Dennard, Bradley Roby top DBs to watch at combine

    Good list, although I am surprised to see Justin Gilbert not there. Certainly sends some sort of message. I think we'll see some 3-4 rounders sneak up as a result of a good Combine because this year's DB's are not overly inspiring.

    I plan to keep an eye on Dion Baily, FS USC at the Combine. As TJ's team mate at USC he may be a mid-round pick that works well for us. I learned that he was previously a LB so he must know how to tackle and if he worked well with TJ that could prove helpful to our secondary woes. Jeff Fisher will likely take a look at him as he hails from the alma mater. Time will tell.

    Go Rams!

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    Re: Darqueze Dennard, Bradley Roby top DBs to watch at combine

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    Roby, in my opinion, is a 3rd round prospect. There are probably 5-6 CBs I'd take over him.
    Exactly, besides a couple on this list I have Marcus Roberson, Jason Verrett, and Stanley Jean-Baptist all rated higher than him. Heck, I think I'd even rather have LaMarcus Joyner at CB over him

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    Re: Darqueze Dennard, Bradley Roby top DBs to watch at combine

    Gilbert, Fuller, and Purifory, are certainly in the mix at CB as well.
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