DB Drills From The Combine

After several disappointing performances leading up to Monday's finale, the defensive backs really stood out during the final session of the combine. Many prospects ran much better then expected and capitalized afterwards with solid showings during the drill segment.<br><br> As noted previously, the San Diego Chargers are in need of cornerbacks. They may even select two in the upcoming NFL Draft.

After several disappointing performances leading up to Monday's finale, the defensive backs really stood out during the final session of the combine. Many prospects ran much better then expected and capitalized afterwards with solid showings during the drill segment.

The biggest winner of the group could be Kevin Garrett. After blistering to a 4.33 in the forty, his cover skills were seamless and Garrett was explosive in every aspect of his game. Remember, Garrett suffered with a bad knee throughout his senior campaign and this workout may be good enough to move the SMU product into the first day of the draft, possibly top 60.

Terrence Newman displayed great skills, smarts and tremendous hands. His athletic skill was very apparent as he'd sky vertically and contort, plucking the ball out of the air in deep pass coverage drills.

Likewise Marcus Trufant showed great feet, great hips and a great head. After running well in the forty he just kept the momentum going that he built in the Senior Bowl (though we'd contest he's had the momentum going since he was a freshman).

Rod Babers of Texas displayed excellent corner techniques after blistering in the firty and proved he could quickly pedal then turn off the line, displaying a terrific break on the ball. His hands though were terrible.

Another Big 12 corner who fared well was Donald Strickland as the Colorado star was fluid, quick and displayed excellent footwork.

Rival Andre Woolfolk looked better in every aspect of his game compared to his showing at the Senior Bowl.

Pitt's Torrie Cox was another with solid fundamentals as his footwork was top-notch and he displayed the ability to contort or adjust in mid-air to make the pick.

Yes, Dennis Weathersby ran exceedingly fast but he did not stand out during the drill segment afterwards. While his backpedal was a little better than it had been in the past, Weathersby still seemed a little slow in the hips and not quick in transition. It remains our belief the Oregon State star will only be effective in press coverage at the next level.

Nnamdi Asomugha worked out with the cornerbacks but is really best at safety. He struggled with his backpedal and is not quick flipping is hips.

Second that for Julian Battle, who was struggling to gain ground in reverse. Battle's athleticism is apparent and would be put to best use at safety facing the quarterback.

As far as the pure safety's were concerned, Todd Johnson is technically sound and displayed the ability to backpedal then turn and at the same time showed his smarts on the field (not biting on any fakes as well as displaying great timing). That said his lack of explosion and speed was evident.

Anthony Floyd was another who practiced with great cover fundamentals and displayed a quick break on the ball. Floyd is sort of a 'tweener in the secondary as he lacks the size for safety and speed for corner.

Curry Burns struggled making plays in reverse while Terrence Holt displayed minimal speed and quickness.

Asante Samuel was a little disappointing. After running poorly he did not perform well in drills and looked stiff.

Bolts Interest

The Chargers have interest in a number of prospects on this list. They are eyeing some later round picks who could develop into solid nickel backs as John Butler sticks by his motto, "You can never have too many cornerbacks."

You wouldn't know that motto to be true looking at the Chargers roster, but look for the Chargers to select plenty of secondary help in the Draft.

Of special interest to them are Trufant, who leads the pack, Weathersby, who may slip far enough into round two, Garret who has vaulted up the charts, Woolfolk, who is a converted wide receiver and Battle who would play safety for the Chargers.

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