2019 NFL Combine Day 4 Big Things: Greatest Jumping Defensive Backs Ever, But ...

2019 NFL Combine Day 4 Big Things: Greatest Jumping Defensive Backs Ever, But ...

2019 NFL Draft

2019 NFL Combine Day 4 Big Things: Greatest Jumping Defensive Backs Ever, But ...

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2. Deandre Baker Was Just Fine, But …

The Georgia Bulldog who won the Thorpe as the nation’s top defensive back was too slow.

Deandre Baker was okay-sized at 5-11 and 193 pounds at the weigh-in, but there was no explosion with a mediocre-for-a-defensive-back broad jump of 9’8″, and then there was the 40.

He was 19th among the corners.

While Greedy Williams was ripping through a 4.37 40, and Auburn’s Jamel Dean ran a 4.3, Baker lumbered through a rough 4.52, and his second run was a disastrous 4.63.

That’s not the end of the world, considering fellow first round prospect Washington’s Taylor Rapp came up with a 4.55 – but he jumped out of the stadium. Temple’s Rock Ya-Sin is also projected to go in the top 32, but he came up with an almost 40″ vertical and ten feet on the broad jump.

Fortunately for Baker, he looked much better in the ball drills and showed off enough smoothness to be just fine. It also helped that he was one of the few defensive backs who wasn’t a disaster at this …

There wasn’t the raw speed or explosion, but at absolute worse, that 4.52 might knock him down a few spots in the middle of the first round.

It wasn’t the WOW workout that demanded a top 15 overall selection, but it wasn’t a killer considering …

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