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Sunday’s NFL Scouting Combine Takeaways

by Kyle Yates | @KyleYNFL | Featured Writer
Mar 1, 2020

All eyes in the NFL are on Indianapolis right now. There will be some news that will trickle out about free agency or the franchise tag options for each team, but everything right now is centered around The NFL Scouting Combine.

Today, we got to witness the defensive backs, which are corners and safeties, participate in the on-field workouts. Yes, the 40-yard dash is riveting and there were certainly some standout performances, but the on-field drills also had their value as we attempt to sort and sift through what each of these prospects bring to the table.

The purpose of this article here is to provide you with the key takeaways from Sunday’s on-field workouts. If you weren’t able to watch the event, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered here at FantasyPros.

Key Takeaways

Javelin Guidry (DB – Utah) is fast fast.

Javelin Guidry is lightning in a bottle. A corner out of Utah, Guidry had some buzz coming into the Combine that he was going to be as fast, if not faster, than Henry Ruggs III. While he didn’t beat Ruggs’ official time, he came damn close. Guidry was flying and put up an official 4.29 in the 40-yard dash. While he’s only 5’9/191 pounds and may be relegated specifically to a slot role in the NFL, or only special teams, Guidry made himself some money on Sunday.

CJ Henderson (DB – Florida) elevates his draft stock.

CJ Henderson is as athletic of a corner as you might find in this draft class. At 6’1/204, Henderson has the requisite size to play on the outside, but he also showed that he has the necessary speed. Henderson ran a 4.39 40-yard dash, jumped 37.5 inches in the vertical jump, and jumped 127 inches in the broad jump. People were all over the map on Henderson’s tape coming into the Combine, but he may have just told everyone where to value him in the NFL Draft with these numbers. 1st round lock.

Kyle Dugger (S – Lenoir-Rhyne) is an insane athlete.

Kyle Dugger is the only D-II prospect at the 2020 NFL Combine, but you wouldn’t have guessed that if you didn’t know it. Dugger didn’t just blend in with some of these guys from Alabama, LSU, Clemson, etc…he stood out. Dugger (6’1/217) ran a 4.49 40-yard dash, jumped 42 inches in the vertical jump, and soared 134 inches in the broad jump. While I definitely saw things to work on when evaluating his tape, Dugger may have talked a NFL team into taking him in the second or third round and betting on his athleticism. God doesn’t make many people that are built like Dugger is…

Jeff Okudah (DB – Ohio State) shows why he’s the top corner in the draft.

Jeff Okudah is a top-tier prospect in this draft class. His fluidity is unparalleled and he’s simply just smooth out on the field. He showed us that the tape doesn’t lie on Sunday by running a 4.48 40-yard dash, jumping 41 inches in the vertical jump, and soaring 135 inches in the broad jump. All while standing at 6’1/205. Okudah’s a top-10 lock after this Combine performance.

Troy Pride Jr. (DB – Notre Dame) builds upon solid Senior Bowl performance.

Troy Pride Jr. has made himself some money since the CFB season ended. He drew rave reviews after the Senior Bowl and backed those up here at the Senior Bowl. Pride Jr. ran a 4.40 40-yard dash, jumped 35.5 inches in the vertical jump, and jumped 119 inches in the broad jump. While the broad jump number isn’t very impressive, the 40-yard dash is what is worthy of focusing on. Pride brings speed to the table. While he won’t be a high pick, he’s worth mentioning here simply due to his ascension throughout this draft process.

Jeremy Chinn (S – Southern Illinois) puts himself in potential first round consideration.

Jeremy Chinn is one of my favorite prospects in this draft class and is currently ranked as my No. 41 overall player. Out of Southern Illinois, Chinn stands at 6’3/221 pounds. With that in mind, these numbers that he put up are absolutely insane. Chinn ran a 4.45 40-yard dash, put up 20 reps on the bench press, jumped 41 inches in the vertical jump, and soared 138 (!) inches in the broad jump. Chinn’s tape is great too, which sends a player from Southern Illinois potentially into the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. After this performance, it wouldn’t surprise me.

Kristian Fulton (DB – LSU) runs well enough to maintain his draft stock.

Kristian Fulton is a very good corner prospect out of LSU. Fulton (6’0/197) shows strength and speed on tape and his speed showed up here at the NFL Combine. Fulton ran a 4.46 40-yard dash and answered a question that people had around his tape. He’s fast enough. Fulton’s stock remains around the middle of round 1 and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him wearing Eagles green in 2020.

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