8 a.m.: Tuesday marks the sixth and final day of the NFL combine. It may also be the most exciting for viewers.
That’s because Day 6 is dedicated to the defensive backs. Typically we see the fastest 40 times among cornerbacks and safeties, and the positional drills are the most useful to watch. You get a really good sense of a player’s agility and flexibility when they’re dropping in a back pedal, turning their hips and running.
Among the top players to watch in the 2013 class are cornerbacks Dee Milliner, Johnthan Banks, Desmond Trufant and Xavier Rhodes and safeties Kenny Vaccaro, John Cyprien, Matt Elam and D.J. Swearinger. The players with the most to prove, however, are Tyrann Mathieu and Rhodes.
Both cornerbacks have major question marks about their athleticism. Rhodes even talked about a possible conversion to safety in his combine interviews. If Rhodes tests out well, teams may have more confidence in drafting him in the first round. He comes with elite size for the position.
NFL teams haven’t seen Mathieu perform since the 2012 BCS National Championship game. The artist formerly known as “Honey Badger” was kicked off LSU’s football squad for multiple infractions. Now he says he hasn’t taken an illegal substance since Oct. 26 and he’s ready to work out.
Stay with us for all the updates throughout the day. We’ll keep you abreast of all the 40 times, how players are performing in drills and any other news that comes out of the final day of the NFL combine.
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