The nation's top corners and safeties filled the RCA Dome for not only the final day of the combine on Tuesday but also the last sporting event to ever take place there.
The 2008 cornerback class could go down as one of the fastest in combine history, with eleven players posting sub 4.4 forty times. The surprise on the safety side was Josh Barrett from Arizona State posting a blistering 4.35 time at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds. Here is the rest of the best and the worst from the final day at the NFL combine.
The Best of Day Four
Justin King (Cornerback, Penn State) The undersized junior blistered the best time of the day in the forty at 4.31. He showed natural bend in the knees and is very smooth in the hips. King answered some major questions about his strength as well, by recording 14 reps on the bench.
Tyvon Branch (Cornerback, Connecticut) A two-stepper who gets out of his stance and up to top speed quickly, Branch posted a very solid 19 reps on the bench and showed good flexibility in the hips during position drills.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Cornerback, Tennessee State) Tennessee State's star corner displayed some of the quickest feet I have seen in a while. He also displayed great explosion and gets up to full speed instantly. An explosive jumper with good ball skills, he is really shooting up the draft boards and made himself a ton of money Tuesday.
Darnell Terrell (Cornerback, Missouri) A big physical corner, Terrell demonstrated a low back pedal in drills today and showed good burst out of his breaks. He doesn't possess the quickest feet, but he showed good range and consistently showed good ball skills. He has the ability to pluck the ball at its highest point.
Brandon Sumrall (Cornerback, Southern Mississippi) A college safety who might make the transition to corner in the NFL, Sumrall possesses a thick build, natural hips and is very fluid in and out of breaks. He moved well laterally today, played low and posted the top time in the three cone drill.
Antwuan Molden (Cornerback, Eastern Kentucky) Molden turned in an excellent performance, pairing the top height in the vertical jump and second highest amount of reps on the bench (23). He has a very compact back pedal and does a nice job dipping his hips and exploding out of breaks.
Tom Zbikowski (Safety, Notre Dame) Zbikowski performed and looked much more athletic than scouts expected today. He displayed pretty good flexibility and bend in the hips during position drills and displayed a compact back pedal. He also recorded a solid 4.55 forty time and a very strong 24 reps on the bench.
Josh Barrett (Safety, Arizona State) All-combine first-team, at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, Barrett ran a 4.35 forty and posted 17 reps on the bench. He didn't look real fluid laterally during team drills but definitely made some noise today.
Tyrell Johnson (Safety, Arkansas State) A small school guy who made a lot of noise by throwing up 27 reps on the bench Monday, Johnson ran a very impressive 4.43 forty time on Tuesday and looked like a corner during team drills. He was one of, if not the most fluid safety in and out of his breaks, and he has the power to really pack a punch.
Quintin Demps (Safety, UTEP) Demps showed good bend and flexibility in his space. A two-stepper who fires out of stance and gets up to full speed quickly, he ran a 4.37 forty time and looked very natural in position drills all day.
Other Top Performances: Antoine Cason (Cornerback, Arizona), Orlando Scandrick (Cornerback, Boise State), Leodis McKelvin (Cornerback, Troy), Terrence Wheatley (Cornerback, Colorado), Zack Bowman (Cornerback, Nebraska), Thomas DeCoud (Safety, California), DeJuan Morgan (Safety, NC State), Reggie Smith (Safety, Oklahoma)
The Worst of Day Four
Brandon Flowers (Cornerback, Virginia Tech) Scouts want to see speed from undersized corners, and 4.58 isn't that kind of speed. Flowers performed well in the vertical jump and looked pretty fluid in position drills, but he isn't real explosive out of his breaks.
Aqib Talib (Cornerback, Kansas) Talib ran a solid 4.49 time in the forty but really looked stiff during position drills today. A waist-bender who has trouble bending at the knees and doesn't have a real compact back-pedal, he struggled turning and running smoothly and had a tendency to lose his body control.
Matterral Richardson (Cornerback, Arkansas) Richardson is a press, man-to-man corner who is physical at the line of scrimmage. His straight-line speed is a major concern, however, and a 4.7 forty time isn't going to help his cause.
Jamie Silva (Safety, Boston College) Silva was one of the top performers among the position drills alone today. Scouts know he is a ball hawk with great ball skills, but the biggest question was his top end speed. His time of 4.82 did very little to answer anyone's questions and only raised more concerns.
Simeon Castille (Safety, Alabama) Castille looked very smooth and fluid during position drills today. He is a natural bender who gets in and out of his breaks low and with good burst, but his pedestrian 4.80 forty time leaves a lot to be desired.
Jonathan Zenon (Cornerback, LSU) A long, lanky corner who has average straight-line speed (4.55), Zenon isn't real fluid in his transition and lacks a compact turn. He also lacked burst out of his breaks today and didn't have the body and foot control to turn and run with receivers down field.
Others Who Struggled: Tracy Porter (Cornerback, Indiana), Jack Williams (Cornerback, Kent State), DJ Parker (Safety, Virginia Tech), Kenny Phillips (Safety, Miami) DJ Wolf (Safety, Oklahoma)
Wes Bunting has been mentored by some of the brightest minds in NFL scouting, names such as GMJR President and former Cleveland Browns scout Russ Lande, former Coordinator of the Year Marc Trestman, 31-year NFL and college football scout Joe Butler and Sports Xchange President and longtime NFL scout Frank Cooney.
NFL Combine Day Four
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