DB drills conclude combine

The NFL Scouting Combine concluded today with the defensive backs taking over the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium.


USC Taylor Mays, who disappointed many with his lack of playmaking this season, was expected to blow away the competition with his size, speed and strength at the combine. He checked in at 6-foot-3 1/8 and 230 pounds.


Then, he clocked an unbelievable unofficial time of 4.24 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Well, as it turns out, there’s a reason it was unbelievable. When the official time was released, the time was amended to a still-impressive 4.43 seconds.


That was the best of the safeties, but only .04 ahead of consensus No. 1 safety Eric Berry of Tennessee, who definitely helped himself.


One of the top times among the cornerbacks came from Devin McCourty (5-11, 193) of Rutgers, who had a 4.48. McCourty must be of interest to the 49ers because of his work on special teams. He’s a kick returner who also blocked seven in college.


“I think being a complete football player and not just a corner or a nickel, being able to do everything a coach wants on special teams, too,” McCourty said.


McCourty said he patterns his game after Darrelle Revis (and that’s not a bad thing). Both played in the Big East.


“We played Pittsburgh every year. So I would go just the offense then I would go over and watch him,” McCourty said. “I watched how aggressive he plays, he’s a physical corner. I definitely try to do things he does because he’s one of the best corners.”


Here is the list of the top 40 times for the defensive backs, as posted on NFL.com



Ghee, Brandon 4.45

Cook, Chris 4.46

Owusu-Ansah, Akwasi 4.47

Pender, David 4.47

Jackson, Kareem 4.48

McCourty, Devin 4.48

Thomas, Kevin 4.48



Mays, Taylor  4.43

Berry, Eric  4.47

Wright, Major 4.48


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