The final day of workouts on Monday in Indianapolis were from the cornerbacks and safeties at the NFL Combine. Along with running the 40-yard dash, the players ran drills that displayed their ballhawking abilities and how capable they were in adjusting to moving from one side of the field to the next.
It was the cornerback’s that got things going, and a name that might be familiar in the Tampa community rose to the top.
Penn State cornerback Amani Oruwariye, who has been linked to the Bucs in mock drafts and is from the Tampa Bay area, had a favorable 40-yard dash time, but it was this play during drills that have people excited about the Gaither High School alumni.
Amani Oruwariye’s 40 time was impressive this morning and certainly helped his draft stock. But the reason he’s going to get drafted in the first two days is because of his ball skills. Case and point ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/GlxUuEQfhz
Oruwariye’s athleticism was all over the field on Monday, he started this Combine projecting to be drafted on day two of the draft, but by the end of it he may find himself getting selected on day one. He ran a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash and got up to 36.5 inches on the vertical jump.
Another noteworthy play came from South Carolina’s Rashad Fenton as he went up for an interception. Fenton made the grab and lost his cleat as he went tumbling the ground, but he was able to grab his shoe all in stride as he finished the drill.
Defensive players from LSU have been in the conversation for the Bucs to take in the draft. On Sunday we saw Devin White, and on Monday it was time for Greedy Williams. He met the level of expectations with his 4.37 run in the 40-yard dash. It was the only drill he performed in, but he took care of business.
One player that had an all around strong event was Isaiah Johnson out of Houston. Johnson ran 4.40 in the 40-yard dash, which was good for fourth best among corners, and also jumped 135 inches in the broad jump (fifth), ran the three-cone drill in 6.81 seconds (fifth), and timed in at 4.06 in the 20 yard shuttle, placing him in second. Johnson could be found at the top of the rankings in most categories.
On the field next were the safeties, and if you thought Jamel Dean’s time was fast, Ole Miss safety Zedrick Woods one upped it with a 4.29 time. Woods was the fastest defensive back of the day with that run at blinding speed.
For those of you that are fans of the Florida Schools, it was Florida’s Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and Miami’s Sheldrick Redwine that had an impressive showing during the drills. Gardner Johnson ran a 4.48, while Redwine timed in at 4.44. Redwine also stood out on the vertical jump, getting to 39, which was fourth among safeties.
There were a couple other safeties that really put an uptick in both their production and potential draft projections. That was Marvel Tell from USC, Amani Hooker out of Iowa, and Darnell Savage Jr. from Maryland.
Each of these players excelled in the speed categories, and could be found in the top five in many of those calculated drills. Tell led all safeties in the three-cone drill, posting a time of 6.63, while Hooker came in second with a respectable 6.81. They both also posted great times in the short shuttles, as Tell had a time of 4.01, and Hooker 4.10.
Savage Jr, whose last name is perfect for a safety, played up to his abilities, coming in second in the 40 yard-dash with a time of 4.36. Once again, he could be found producing at a high rate for the entirety of each event. He was impressive on the vertical, posting a 39.5, only putting him behind Tell’s 42 and Virginia safety Juan Thornhill’s 44.
Along with Zedrick Woods, Savage, and Thornhill, it was Darius West out of Kentucky with a 4.36 and Boston College’s Will Harris posting a 4.41 that also made the top five in the 40-yard dash. The secondary had a speedy bunch, and here’s the exact order in which they finished after it was all said and done.