He's been called "lightning fast" for good reason.
Ohio cornerback Dion Byrum is a playmaker who has reportedly been clocked at 4.33 in the forty. Byrum, a 5-foot-10 1/2 -inch, 190-pound cornerback, didn't get invited to the Combine in what had to be one of the biggest oversights in the planning of the event.
At his Pro Day on March 24th, about half a dozen scouts assembled to watch him workout. He posted a 3.89 short shuttle, a 10-foot-7 broad jump, and ran a 4.43 forty against the wind on field turf. But the moment that really left scouts incredulous was when he registered a 40" vertical jump. Byrum repeated the feat two more times to prove to the scouts that it wasn't a fluke. And he didn't drop a ball during position drills.
And now teams are flying in to see him instead.
The American Football Coaches Association named Byrum to their All-America Team along with players like USC's Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart, and Penn State's Tamba Hali. And Byrum earned that recognition with excellent coverage skills and his speed that helped him snare six interceptions during his senior year, including two that he returned for touchdowns. His six interceptions placed him in a tie for second in the country in that category.
But the Colts interest in Byrum is likely based on more than just his skills as a formidable defensive back. Byrum is also an accomplished returns specialist. And the Colts have been shopping for talent in that arena.
Kickoff returner Dominic Rhodes is currently their starting running back. And punt returner Troy Walters is still on the market as a restricted free agent.
Byrum has another edge with the Colts. At Ohio, he gained extensive experience in a version of the Cover 2 scheme that is similar to Indianapolis' defense. That would help him hit the ground running with the Colts.
With a number of teams now showing interest in him, it'll be worth keeping an eye on Byrum over the next few weeks leading up to draft day.
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