The defensive backs took to the workout areas at Lucas Oil Stadium on Tuesday, Day 6 of the NFL Scouting Combine. The combine numbers always have to be taken with a grain of salt, but there is no doubting how impressive a few of the players' performances were.
Here's a look at the three workouts that stood out most of all.
The Oklahoma State product was already considered by many to be the top cornerback in the draft. After Tuesday, he did nothing to hurt his stock.
He came out and ran a blazing 4.37-second 40-yard dash and bench-pressed 225 pounds 20 times. That was tied for the fifth-most reps among defensive backs.
One could deduce that Gilbert is the fastest and possibly the strongest cornerback at the combine—considering most of the DBs who had more reps project as safeties.
As was mentioned, these are just workout numbers, but considering Gilbert was already highly regarded, these numbers only support what many already believed.
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller has long been an admirer, and from the looks of this tweet, that isn't going to change any time soon:
For the new followers, my love of Justin Gilbert may become annoying to you. But he's a freak. Top 10 talent on my board.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 25, 2014
Though he didn't participate in the bench press workout, Verrett's speed and leaping ability should have caught a few eyes. His 40 time was 4.38 seconds, and his vertical leap came in at 39 inches. Only two other defensive backs registered higher.
One of the knocks on Verrett was size. He only measured out at 5'9", but with his speed, leaping ability and hard-nosed style he plays with, he should still hear his name called in the first two rounds.
Think Verrett knows how important the 40-yard dash is? Per College Football 24/7, Deion Sanders asked Verrett if he was ready for the run, here's how he replied:
Jean-Baptiste didn't run a blazing 40 time. Then again, he may not have to. At 6'3", 218 pounds, his time of 4.61 seconds should still be good enough. When you factor in he also leaped 41.5 inches during the vertical jump testing, then now you have an athlete who might project as a corner or safety in the NFL.
SJB certainly has a positive physical comparison in the league. As former Nebraska Cornhusker Jermarcus Hardrick points out, SJB is physically very similar to a current All-Pro:
So Stanley Jean Baptiste just ran a 4.53. Nearly identical size and speed to Richard Sherman. #NFLCombine— Jermarcus Hardrick (@Yoshi_Hardrick) February 25, 2014
All combine results courtesy of NFL.com's results tracker.