As the NFL combine concluded Tuesday with the defensive backs working out, the general feeling was Tennessee safety Eric Berry solidified himself as a top 10 pick, possibly a top 5 pick, and Florida cornerback Joe Haden might have gone the other way.
Berry ran an official 4.47 in the 40-yard dash, which was second among safeties to USC’s Taylor Mays’ 4.43. And at 211 pounds, Berry had a 10-10 broad jump, which was second overall at the combine, and recorded a 43-inch vertical leap, which was third overall. He also did 19 reps on the bench-press.
Haden, meanwhile, ran a disappointing 4.58 in the 40 (official time), and there’s now concern about how vulnerable he might be to getting beat over the top in the NFL. Everybody is looking for fast 40 times and all the other other measurables. But I'd say the game tape counts for something, and Haden was rarely torched in the SEC the last two seasons.
Haden’s teammate at Florida, safety Major Wright, helped himself by running an official 4.48 in the 40-yard dash. It was the third fastest time among the safeties.
Alabama cornerback Kareem Jackson may also be moving up the charts. He turned in an official 4.48 in the 40-yard dash. The same goes for Vanderbilt cornerback Myron Lewis, whose official 40 time was 4.48.
Some of the other 40 times that I’ve been able to find for former SEC defensive backs were:
LSU cornerback Chris Hawkins -- 4.49
South Carolina safety Darian Stewart -- 4.51
Alabama cornerback Javier Arenas -- 4.53
Kentucky cornerback Trevard Lindley -- 4.56
LSU safety Chad Jones -- 4.56
Georgia safety Reshad Jones -- 4.56
Alabama safety Justin Woodall -- 4.62
Ole Miss cornerback Marshay Green -- 4.64
Tennessee safety Dennis Rogan -- 4.70
Ole Miss safety Kendrick Lewis -- 4.75