What are the big things that matter from Day 4 of the 2019 NFL Combine, the defensive backs.
The 2019 NFL Combine finished up with the defensive backs. They could all move, and a few were impressive, but it was a rocky day for the corners.
5. Bench, Schmench
The bench press of 220 pounds at the Combine sort of matters a wee bit for the safeties, and only shows a little bit for the corners – it really doesn’t matter as much as it does for the interior linemen. But overall, this was one of the stronger groups of DBs to ever hit Indianapolis.
Now, this isn’t always a good thing. Ohio State’s Kendall Sheffield was expected to be 4.3ish fast on the 40 and challenge to be the speediest guy in Indy, but he tore a pec muscle on the bench.
In all, 13 defensive backs – with some corners like Temple’s Rock Ya-Sin thrown into the mix – were able to pump up 18 reps or more. 11 hit that mark in last year’s Combine, 12 did that in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and eight got there in 2013.
But it’s the strength to go along with the overall explosion and athleticism that made the difference.
There have been waves of defensive backs in combines who could get the job done on the bench – the 2011 group, for example, was fantastic with 15 corner cranking up 18 – but that didn’t always match the rest of the tools.
Considering the defensive backs lifted as well – or close to it – as the tight ends and easily matched the receivers, it was the basics are there.