Morning links: CBs shine at combine

February, 26, 2014
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Good morning. Bucky Brooks of NFL Network, a former defensive back and scout in the NFL, gives high marks to cornerbacks Justin Gilbert of Oklahoma State, Ohio State’s Bradley Roby and TCU’s Justin Verrett in the final day of the NFL scouting combine.

Here’s what Brooks had to say about Verrett: “Verrett had already been on the fringes of Day 1 consideration thanks to his flawless game tape; this strong combine performance will undoubtedly thrust him into first-round chatter. He blazed the 40 in 4.38 seconds and posted one of the top vertical jumps (39.0) of the entire event. He followed up the strong showing in athletic drills with a terrific performance in the position-specific portion of the workout. Verrett dazzled scouts with his swivel hips and explosive breaks while also displaying strong hands and ball skills. Although Verrett's slender frame (he checked in at 5-foot-9, 189 pounds) will prompt some teams to look at him as a nickel back, the overall athleticism and skills showcased this weekend would make him a viable starter in most scheme.”

In this ESPN Insider piece, draft analyst Todd McShay highlights the impressive performances by the defensive backs in the final day of the NFL combine. McShay said there are several corners who can play right away among this group.

Former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen offers his evaluation of the defensive backs workout from the combine in this piece for Bleacher Report.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego evaluates San Diego’s linebacker depth behind Manti Te’o.

ESPN’s John Clayton offers his final thoughts on the combine. He believes receiver depth in the draft will hurt the chances of signing a new contract for receivers entering free agency.

Some interesting perspective from NFL player agent Jack Bechta, writing for the National Football Post. Bechta said no deals were getting done at the NFL scouting combine. Bechta says one reason teams might not be willing to get down to business now is time, with two weeks remaining before the beginning of free agency.

The NFL is exploring options to move the 2015 Pro Bowl to Arizona.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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