NFL Combine 2014: Day 6 Results, 40 Times and Recap

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2014

Michigan State defensive back Darqueze Dennard runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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On the final day of action at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, the defensive backs took the stage and did not disappoint.   

Big names like Justin Gilbert, Darqueze Dennard and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix competed in various drills and workouts to help show teams that they deserve to be taken in the first round. Meanwhile, others simply want to prove to scouts that they were overlooked before and that they have the athleticism to compete in the NFL.

It is important to note that the combine is only a small part of the process leading up to the NFL draft. Still, plenty of prospects took advantage of this chance to prove what they could do in front of representatives from all 32 teams.

Here is a look at results and recap of everything you need to know from Day 6 at the combine.

Defensive Back Results
NameSchoolHeightWeight40 timeBenchVert. JumpBroad Jump3-Cone20-Yd Shuttle60-Yd Shuttle
Mo AlexanderUtah St.6'1"2204.54-381237.054.5111.82
Ricardo AllenPurdue5'9"1874.611335.5117-4.15-
Dion BaileyUSC6'0"2014.66-341136.974.1511.88
Deion BelueAlabama5'11"182-11-----
Bene BenwikereSan Jose St.5'11"1954.6310401226.944.38-
Nat BerheSan Diego St.5'10"1934.711535.51177.084.22-
Tre BostonNorth Carolina6'0"2044.5918351167.044.31-
Bashaud BreelandClemson5'11"1974.621134.51237.044.3311.65
Terrence BrooksFlorida St.5'11"1984.4210381197.35--
Deone BucannonWashington St.6'1"2114.491936.51256.964.26-
Travis CarrieOhio6'0"206-17-----
Ha Ha Clinton-DixAlabama6'1"2084.5811331197.164.1611.63
Ross CockrellDuke6'0"1914.561036.51207.284.3211.78
Aaron ColvinOklahoma5'11"177-------
Chris DavisAuburn5'10"202-15-----
Darqueze DennardMichigan St.5'11"1994.5115-----
Pierre DesirLindenwood6'1"1984.5911351336.864.3011.60
Brandon DixonNorthwest Missouri St.5'11"2034.411732.51177.154.27-
Ahmad DixonBaylor6'0"2124.6414321117.554.5012.01
Jonathan DowlingWestern Kentucky6'3"1904.52833.51187.044.2411.56
Antone ExumVirginia Tech6'0"2134.5917351177.054.13-
Kyle FullerVirginia Tech6'0"1904.491238.51286.904.19-
Phillip GainesRice6'0"1934.381136.51226.624.04-
E.J. GainesMissouri5'10"190-15-----
Justin GilbertOklahoma St.6'0"2124.372035.51266.92--
Demetri GoodsonBaylor5'11"1944.5211371236.804.34-
Andre HalVanderbilt5'10"1884.501535.51197.144.27-
Victor HamptonSouth Carolina5'9"1974.692033.51187.014.2011.57
Marqueston HuffWyoming5'11"1964.491535.51187.264.19-
Bennett JacksonNotre Dame6'0"1954.5113381286.754.00-
Kendall JamesMaine5'10"1804.44939-6.814.19-
Stanley Jean-BaptisteNebraska6'3"2184.611341.5128-4.33-
Dontae JohnsonNorth Carolina St.6'2"2004.451238.51246.824.2411.06
Lamarcus JoynerFlorida State5'8"1844.551437.51247.264.40-
Kenny LadlerVanderbilt6'0"2074.702436.5127---
Nevin LawsonUtah St.5'9"1904.4816331207.124.40-
Isaiah LewisMichigan St.5'10"2114.601536.51227.054.47-
Craig LostonLSU5'11"2174.651232.51197.154.35-
Dexter McDougleMaryland5'10"196-------
Keith McGillUtah6'3"2114.51-391297.294.18-
Terrance MitchellOregon5'11"1924.63-341176.574.0011.22
Jabari PriceNorth Carolina5'10"2004.4516--7.044.3011.38
Calvin PryorLouisville5'11"2074.581834.5116---
Loucheiz PurifoyFlorida5'11"1904.61635.5120---
Keith ReaserFlorida Atlantic5'10"189-22-----
Rashaad ReynoldsOregon St.5'10"1894.512037.51236.724.00-
Ed ReynoldsStanford6'1"2074.571532.5117---
Marcus RobersonFlorida6'0"1914.61837.51206.844.08-
Bradley RobyOhio State5'11"1944.391738.5124-4.04-
Daniel SorensonBYU6'1"2054.6713321146.473.9510.80
Dezmen SouthwardWisconsin6'0"211-------
Vinnie SunseriAlabama5'11"210-18-----
Jemea ThomasGeorgia Tech5'9"1924.551937125---
Brock VereenMinnesota6'0"1994.4725341176.904.07-
Jason VerrettTCU5'9"1894.38-391286.694.00-
Jimmie WardNorthern Illinois5'11"193-9-----
Todd WashingtonSoutheastern Louisiana5'11"196-13-----
Jaylen WatkinsFlorida5'11"1944.4122-----
Lavelle WestbrooksGeorgia Southern5'11"1864.6315361216.984.27-
via NFL.com

 

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Coming into the day, most scouts wanted to see what kind of numbers Justin Gilbert could put up in the workouts. The Oklahoma State product has the size and pure athleticism to be a star in the NFL, but he had the pressure on him to perform at the combine.

Fortunately, he came up big throughout the day, starting with his 40-yard dash:

Here is a look at his blazing first run that even featured a stumble:

In the official numbers, Gilbert was the fastest defensive back in the class, as noted by Doug Kyed of NESN:

However, not everyone is sold on the athlete being the best cornerback in the draft. Mike Loyko of NEPatriotsDraft.com argues that Darqueze Dennard has better coverage skills:

Although Dennard has a slower 40 time at 4.51, this is still a solid mark for someone of his size and ability. Teams will certainly have tough decisions to make in May. Although his official time is a bit slower than it first seemed, Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports still points out that he has done enough to prove himself:

Another defensive back looking to lock up a spot in the first round is safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix out of Alabama. He ran a 4.58-second 40-yard dash, but he also showcased plenty of talent in the on-field drills, as noted by Bleacher Report's Matt Miller:

The tape on the safety is outstanding as he has shown plenty of ability to cover a lot of ground in the defensive backfield. This skill, along with his experience on one of the best defenses in the country the past few years, will make Clinton-Dix a hot commodity.

Of course, the combine is a chance to give some lesser-known players a chance to move up on draft boards. Senior Bowl director Phil Savage notes some of the more impressive players in the early session:

Desir is someone who especially shined on Tuesday in virtually every drill. He was among the best at the position in the broad jump while looking smooth in all of his workouts. Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated provides a quick scouting report on the Lindenwood product:

Teams might be scared of drafting a player who faced such poor competition, but Desir continues to prove that he is worth a mid-round selection.

Another big-time riser is Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller, who earned high praise from Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports:

The combine featured plenty of positive press for some players while others are worse off than they started. With the Indianapolis event now behind us, it comes down to pro days for each player to prove their worth as a potential star in the NFL.

All combine results courtesy of NFL.com's results tracker. 

 

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