4. The Defensive Backs Could Jump
Why does it matter if the safeties can jump? It’s all about the explosion, as well as being able to high-point the ball and make up for the lack of height against the taller more athletic receivers.
Overall, this was a fast group – more on that in a moment – but the most impressive aspect was the way the defensive backs got off the ground.
Virginia’s Juan Thornhill came into the Combine as a likely third round pick. And then he cranked up a 44″ vertical and an amazing 11’9″ broad jump.
But he wasn’t alone. In all, ten prospects jumped for 10’10” or more, and six jumped up 40″ or more in the vertical. The same number hit the 40″ vertical last year, but just three got there in 2017, three got up that high in 2016, and 14 got there in the five years from 2011 to 2015.
Also in that five-year span, 15 broad jumped to the 10’10” mark, Just four got there in 2016, seven in 2017, and seven more blasted that in 2018.
So yes, this was the greatest-leaping defensive backs ever for a Combine, and …