The final day of the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine has come and gone. The defensive backs took the field and despite some impressive physical testing there was a ton of struggle during the on-field drills. Deion Sanders spent the better part of five hours roasting defensive backs for lack of technique and the inability to open of up their hips, it was glorious. We even saw living legend Rich Eisen clock a 6.0 40-yard dash for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on his third attempt with a tweaked hamstring. Overall the cornerbacks were uninspiring, but a handful stood out in drills, while the safeties ended up being one of the most impressive positions at the combine. There were many “winners” and “losers” on day four of the NFL Combine. You can checkout the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine day 1 winners and losers here, day 2 winners and losers here, and day 3 winners and losers here.

CB Winners

CB Target Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
4.55 15 36″ 10′-0″ 4 7
  1. Byron Murphy, Washington

Byron Murphy Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
5-11, 190 pounds 4.55 14 36.5″ 10′-0″ N/A N/A
  • Don’t let Byron Murphy’s 4.55 40 fool you, he had a terrific combine. First of all, he bulked up 10-15 pounds to get to 190 and it was good weight. Most of the guys who added weight for the combine didn’t run the 40, Murphy didn’t shy away. Murphy hit solid numbers on his broad, vertical jump, and bench, for his size, but his real damage came in drills. While the majority of cornerbacks looked terrible in drills, Murphy separated himself there. He was elite in every single drill, the best in each one and it wasn’t close. He was fluid, explosive, and clean in every way. His footwork and ability to open up his hips were on another level. In the click and close drill, he was natural and his ability to transition was so smooth. To make it all sweeter, he had the best ball skills. The NFL might not view him as CB1, but they should. Oh yeah, NFL teams also loved him in interviews.

  1. David Long, Michigan

David Long Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
5-11, 196 pounds 4.45 15 39.5″ 10′-0″ 3.97 6.45
  • There may have been no cornerback who had the overall impressive combine that David Long had. He was one of the best performers in athletic testing, he was one of the most technically savvy and smooth corners in on-field drills, and rumor has it, he was one of the best interviews with NFL teams at the combine. Long might have secured himself as a top 100 pick. He clocked the best 3-cone and short shuttle of any DB at the combine, he has elite change of direction skills. He also added an impressive 40 time and vertical jump, he’s a top-end athlete. In drills he was a natural mover with quick feet and great explosion to break on the ball. His stock is shooting up.
  1. Justin Layne, Michigan State

Justin Layne Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
6-2, 192 pounds 4.5 N/A 37.5″ 11′-2″ 4.09 6.9
  • With many of the top cornerbacks faltering at the combine, outside of Byron Murphy, Justin Layne has a legitimate shot to finish as a top three corner prospect. Layne has an impressive combo of size, movement skills, and explosiveness for the position. He put up big numbers in the 40, 3-cone, short shuttle, broad, and vert for his size. His length stood out in on-field drills and it was surprising how clean he was for a big corner. Layne looked smooth in his pedal and opened easily in his man turn. The former wide receiver showed natural ball skills and an ability to break that most long corners struggle with, he’s the real deal.

  1. Isaiah Johnson, Houston

Isaiah Johnson Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
6-2, 208 pounds 4.4 N/A 36.5″ 11′-1″ 4.06 6.81
  • Talk about a dominant athlete, Isaiah Johnson put up BIG numbers for a BIG corner. Johnson likely went from a Day 3 guy to a mid-Day 2 guy for a lot of NFL teams. His 40, 3-cone, short shuttle, broad, and vert were all sick for such a tall corner. Johnson struggled in the actual on-field drills a bit, which if you’ve seen his tape won’t surprise you. He’s new to the positon as a former receiver, having spent just two seasons playing corner. As a former receiver his ball skills are impressive, but he’s completely raw right now. A team will bite on him because of the potential, but they’ll need to take it slow with his development to ensure he pans out.
  1. Rock Ya-Sin, Temple

Rock Ya-Sin Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
6-0, 192 pounds 4.51 18 39.5″ 10′-0″ 4.31 7.31
  • From an athletic testing standpoint, Rock Ya-Sin’s numbers aren’t overly impressive. His 3-cone and short shuttle are a bit alarming, but the way he looked in on-field drills helped separate him from the other cornerbacks. Looking at his 40 it might not be great, but it’s a good time for the physical press corner. He also showed his strength with the second best bench. The number that sticks out most his is vertical, that’s an elite number, especially for a more rocked up corner. Ya-Sin had quick and clean footwork in drills, looked fluid opening his hips, and his click and close drill was one of the best. He’s raw, but the length and physicality may just be worth a top 40 pick.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Julian Love, Notre Dame
  • Mark Fields, Clemson
  • Sean Bunting, Central Michigan
  • Amani Oruwariye, Penn State
  • Jamel Dean, Auburn

S Winners

S Target Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
4.6 18 36″ 10′-0″ 4.05 7.1
  1. Juan Thornhill, Virginia

Juan Thornhill Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
6-0, 205 pounds 4.42 21 44″ 11′-7″ N/A N/A
  • Overall the safety class isn’t that great, but the combine proved there is raw talent to build upon. The definition of that is Juan Thornhill. The Virginia safety came and conquered with his athleticism. Thornhill jumped out of the gym with his vert and broad, two of the best all-time. He also helped himself with the fifth fastest 40 and second most bench reps among safeties. His combine performance was reminiscent of Byron Jones. Thornhill proved his explosiveness and ranginess and confirmed he has the ability to be a playmaker in the secondary. With his fluidity, ball skills, and athleticism it’s hard to see him getting out of the top 75.

  1. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
5-11, 210 pounds 4.48 17 36″ 9′-7″ 4.2 7.03
  • With so much haziness around this safety class and Deionte Thompson and Nasir Adderley not participating in the combine due to injury, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson may have taken the thrown as S1. CGJ ran a faster 40 than expected and added a nice vert and 3-cone time. He was also the most impressive safety in on-field drills. He looked fluid, smooth, and explosive. His ability to open up his hips and cover ground stood out. If any safety is worth a first-round pick it’s CGJ. With confirmation of his athleticism paired with his high-character and versatility, teams will covet him.
  1. Darnell Savage, Maryland

Darnell Savage Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
5-11, 198 pounds 4.36 11 39.5″ 10′-5″ 4.14 7.03
  • On tape Darnell Savage is a human bullet and he did nothing to deter that statement at the combine. Savage tested as one of the most explosive defensive backs at the combine with an elite 40, broad, and vertical jump. His 3-cone and short shuttle were solid numbers for his style of play. In on-field drills he was crisp and quick with his movements. Savage has the versatility to play as a box safety, nickel, or off in two safety looks and the NFL will love that versatility. He’s a nice Day 2 option to plug-and-play in multiple spots.

  1. Amani Hooker, Iowa

Amani Hooker Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
5-11, 210 pounds 4.48 14 37″ 10′-2″ 4.1 6.81
  • Going into the combine Amani Hooker was one of those guys that everybody loved, but wasn’t sure how high he would go. His athletic testing was surprisingly some of the best in the group and he did wonders for his stock. He put up great numbers in the 40, 3-cone, short shuttle, broad, and vertical jump. With his versatility and athleticism, he has a shot to go Day 2. In drills Hooker’s technique was some of the best and his build stood out. Testing as well as he did with his thickness was impressive. Hooker can be a nickel, dime linebacker, and overhang type of defender in the NFL.
  1. Will Harris, Boston College

Will Harris Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
6-1, 207 pounds 4.41 20 36.5″ 10′-2″ 4.12 6.91
  • A lot of folks have been talking up the wrong Boston College safety for awhile now, but Will Harris put that to rest at the combine. After a strong Senior Bowl performance Harris hype began to pick up steam and with his combine he’s now a known commodity. Harris is a bigger safety, but managed to run the fourth fastest 40 in the group while also putting up big numbers in the 3-cone, short shuttle, broad, and vertical jump. He’s ideal for a two safety system that wants to move him around. In drills he showed the fluidity that teams will want in a strong safety who can cover tight ends one-on-one. Late-Day 2 is a possibility for Harris.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Ugo Amadi, Oregon
  • Marquise Blair, Utah
  • Sheldrick Redwine, Miami
  • Marvell Tell, USC
  • Zedrick Woods, Ole Miss

CB Losers

  1. Greedy Williams, LSU

Greedy Williams Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
6-2, 185 pounds 4.37 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
  • At first glance it might seem like Greedy Williams had a nice combine. He ran the second fastest 40-yard dash and his name is buzzing all over NFL media outlets, but there’s much more to it than the 40. Williams looked like a technical mess in every on-field drill he participated in, until he called it a day with cramps. On multiple occasions Williams had to restart the drill because he was doing it wrong. When he did go through the drills his footwork was sloppy and he struggled to open up his hips, he had a hitch. It was a bad look. On top of that there are rumors that he interviewed poorly with NFL teams. It’s not a foregone conclusion that he’s going in the first-round.

  1. Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt

Joejuan Williams Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
6-4, 211 pounds 4.64 17 N/A N/A N/A N/A
  • One of the most interesting combines came from Joejuan Williams. It’s almost unheard of to see a 6-4 cornerback, but Williams is just that. He was a quick riser before the combine for his physicality and ability in press coverage, but his stock was all tied to his 40 time. Unfortunately, Williams clocked the third slowest 40 of the cornerbacks and didn’t participate in any of the other major athletic tests. Many will crucify Williams for his slow time and it’ll most likely push him out of the second-round. It’s worth noting he looked solid in on-field drills with his click and close, without a T-step to Deion Sanders delight, and ball skills. Tape above testing, but it’ll be tough for Williams stock, although he has a ton of similarities to former Seahawks CB Brandon Browner who ran a 4.63 40.
  1. Montre Hartage, Northwestern

Montre Hartage Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
5-11, 190 pounds 4.68 9 34.5″ 10′-2″ 4.08 6.95
  • Montre Hartage is just another draft Twitter darling killed by awful testing at the combine. Prior to the combine Hartage was a nice Day 3 option with solid size, technique, and physicality, but the athleticism was always a question. He ended up with the second worst 40 and fourth worst vertical jump. In on-field drills the lack of explosiveness and speed killed him. Hartage will likely need to move to safety to stick on an NFL roster.
  1. Lonnie Johnson, Kentucky

Lonnie Johnson Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
6-2, 213 pounds 4.52 15 38″ 10′-7″ 4.1 7.01
  • This might seem like a mistake, Lonnie Johnson tested quite well for a big cornerback. The issue for Johnson was his on-field drill work. Despite having great numbers in the broad and vertical jump, he hurt himself at the combine. Johnson was one of the least technically sound corners in the drills. He was playing high with messy footwork and his ball skills were alarmingly bad. It’s likely he goes top 60 for what he could be, but he’s Artie Burns 2.0.
  1. Deandre Baker, Georgia

Deandre Baker Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
5-11, 193 pounds 4.52 14 N/A 9′-8″ N/A N/A
  • Depending on what you expected Deandre Baker to run in the 40 his 4.52 could be good or bad. Some expected him to run in the 4.6s and some in the 4.4s, but word is the NFL didn’t believe he was prepared for the combine. His broad jump was underwhelming and he didn’t do any of the other athletic testing. In the on-field drills he was stiff and didn’t separate himself from the lackluster group. Baker is still a top cornerback in the class, but he’s far from the top 10 pick some made him out to be before the combine.

S Losers

  1. Mike Bell, Fresno State

Mike Bell Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
6-3, 210 pounds 4.83 10 30″ 9′-8″ 4.46 7.1
  • What’s going on at Fresno State? Both LB Jeff Allison and S Mike Bell were the most disappointing players in their position groups. Nobody expected Bell to run fast, but running in the 4.8s absolutely kills his draft stock, he’s slower than slow linebackers. He’s a bigger safety, but having the worst 40, worst short shuttle, second worst bench, second worst vertical, and third worst 3-cone is killer for his stock. Bell is a physical player and might need to make a move to linebacker at the next-level.
  1. Lukas Denis, Boston College

Lukas Denis Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
5-11, 190 pounds 4.64 16 33.5″ 9′-7″ 4.09 6.89
  • While Will Harris was thriving at the combine, teammate Lukas Denis was tumbling down the board. Denis is a smaller safety and testing as poorly as he did will push him to mid-Day 3. His 40, broad, and vertical jump numbers show his lack of explosion and range. A move to nickel is potentially in the fold for Denis due to his lack of size. There were some who saw Denis as a potential top five safety in the class, but he shouldn’t even be viewed as top 10.
  1. Evan Worthington, Colorado

Evan Worthington Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
6-2, 212 pounds 4.63 17 33.5″ 10′-1″ 4.37 7.07
  • There was some early-Day 3 buzz for Evan Worthington going into combine week, but he underperformed in Indy. Worthington ran slowly, tested poorly in explosion drills and change of direction drills. He’s a bigger safety, but isn’t the most physical guy and play a lot of nickel for coverage matchups. If he doesn’t have the athleticism to cover in the NFL or the physicality to be a box safety/dime linebacker, then what is he? Worthington will still go Day 3, but he’ll scare some teams off.
  1. Malik Gant, Marshall

Malik Gant Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
6-0, 209 pounds 4.63 17 34.5″ 9′-5″ 4.3 7.45
  • Malik Gant is one of the most physical safeties in the 2019 NFL Draft. He has the potential to be a top 100 pick, but with poor testing numbers the chances are much slimmer. Gant will hit you in the mouth and then tell you about it, but he can struggle in coverage and that showed with his testing. The biggest worry is his change of direction drills; he’ll be exposed if forced to cover NFL slot receivers. Gant can carve out a role as a line lurking type of safety who plays dime linebacker. He’s likely an early-Day 3 option for a team looking for an enforcer.
  1. Jaquan Johnson, Miami

Jaquan Johnson Test Results 40-yard dash 225-pound bench reps Vertical jump Broad jump 20-yard shuttle 3-cone drill
5-10, 191 pounds 4.69 18 33″ 10′-1″ N/A N/A
  • Like Lukas Denis, Jaquan Johnson had some big hype heading into this college football season. A lot of that hype died down, but there were still some who believed he could be a Day 2 prospect. With his lack of size Johnson needed to test well to prove he’s worth a pick before Day 3, but he fell short. Johnson’s 40 was the fourth worst among safeties and none of his other testing was overly impressive. With his all-around skill set and leadership ability he’ll go somewhere in the top 150.

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I’m Canadian as can be, other than the fact that I don’t care about hockey. I love football. The NFL is my life. I consider myself a football guy and I’d rather watch tape than anything else. I’m the Armchair NFL Draft analyst here. You can read my Armchair Scout columns and call me out for my draft misses. I’m also part of two podcasts at Armchair. Our NFL Draft podcast, 7 Rounds in Heaven, and the main NFL pod, Resting the Starters. I cheer for the Steelers, Raptors, Blue Jays, Oregon, and I guess the Leafs.
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Vice President of Media | The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
I’m Canadian as can be, other than the fact that I don’t care about hockey. I love football. The NFL is my life. I consider myself a football guy and I’d rather watch tape than anything else. I’m the Armchair NFL Draft analyst here. You can read my Armchair Scout columns and call me out for my draft misses. I’m also part of two podcasts at Armchair. Our NFL Draft podcast, 7 Rounds in Heaven, and the main NFL pod, Resting the Starters. I cheer for the Steelers, Raptors, Blue Jays, Oregon, and I guess the Leafs.

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