The annual sojourn to the city of Indianapolis has begun for the league’s 32 franchises who will be joined by 325 prospective future employees. For the next six days DraftInsider.net will bring you complete coverage of what’s going on in and around the combine.
Today is a big day for a number of defensive backs, primarily Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara. Prior to the Senior Bowl, TFY reported that the Dallas Cowboys covet the junior cornerback fron LSU. Word from a separate source prior to the combine is Dallas does indeed have Peterson ranked as the top overall player in the draft.
The story does not end there and gets a little more interesting. DraftInsider will be posting reports on the linebackers and defensive backs the next two days. Then this site will have a combine post script on thursday with all of the hot news from chilly Indianapolis.
It was a good showing for a number of cornerbacks on tuesday starting with Prince Amukamara. The Nebraska senior answered questions about his speed by running under 4.4 seconds and looking terrific in drills. Chris Culliver of South Carolina also ran well, under 4.4, and distinguished himself in drills. Curtis Brown of Texas and Brandon Burton of Utah also looked good. Ahmad Black was terrible running slow and struggling in drills. Kendric Burney of North Carolina also struggled to get under 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
The second group of defensive backs were significantly faster than the morning group. Buster Skrine of Tennessee-Chatanooga and Miami’s Marcus Van Dyke both dipped below 4.3 seconds.
Van Dyke and Richmond’s Justin Rogers looked terrific in drills, as did Brandyn Thompson of Boise State.
West Virginia’s Robert Sands struggled greatly and didn’t unseat the theory he’s anything other than a straight line safety. Jimmy Smith was highly touted leaving Colorado, but he also struggled in drills.