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Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward will not work out at the combine, according to Tony Pauline: “Routine Combine medical evaluations revealed a foot issue. Ward is still awaiting more to the exact nature of the injury, and initial reports are the injury is considered relatively minor.”
DB FORTY YARD DASH GROUP 1
Maurice Alexander (Utah State) — 4.44 & 4.57
Ricardo Allen (Purdue) — 4.53 & 4.53
Dion Bailey (USC) — 4.69 & 4.68
Bene Benwikere (San Jose State) — 4.63 & 4.60
Deon Belue (Alabama) — DNP
Nat Berhe (San Diego State) –4.59 & 4.70
Tre Boston (North Carolina) — 4.62 & 4.53
Bashaud Breeland (Clemson) — 4.59 & 4.53
Terrence Brooks (Florida State) — 4.41 & 4.43
Deone Bucannon (Washington State) — 4.50 & 4.50
Travis Carrie (Ohio) — DNP
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Alabama) — 4.52 & 4.50
Ross Cockrell (Duke) — 4.43 & 4.50
Aaron Colvin (Oklahoma) — DNP
Chris Davis (Auburn) — DNP
Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State) — 4.42 & 4.46
Pierre Desir (Lindenwood) — 4.52 & 4.53
Ahmad Dixon (Baylor) — 4.56 & 4.54
Brandon Dixon (Northwest Missouri State) — 4.41
Jonathan Dowling (Western Kentucky) — 4.50
Antone Exum (Virginia Tech) — 4.51 & 4.50
Kyle Fuller (Virginia Tech) — 4.40 & 4.40
E.J. Gaines (Missouri) — DNP
Phillip Gaines (Rice) — 4.34 & 4.34
Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State) — 4.35 & 4.38
Demetri Goodson (Baylor) — 4.44
Andre Hal (Vanderbilt) — 4.40 & 4.50
Victor Hampton (South Carolina) — 4.62 & 4.50
Marqueston Huff (Wyoming) — 4.47 & 4.47
Bennett Jackson (Notre Dame) — 4.46 & 4.47
The Seahawks box watching the defensive backs run…
DEFENSIVE BACK DRILLS — GROUP ONE
The first drill is a back pedal, transition and sprint.
Kris Richard is helping with the work out, along with a Giants coach.
During the pre-drill huddle, The NYG coach says, “Have you ever heard a DB group this quiet Kris? Are your guys in Seattle this quiet?”
Justin Gilbert looked mightily impressive. Nice long arms, smooth running style. He ran in the 4.3’s.
There’s no denying he’s a playmaker, but this quote over the weekend was pretty scary…
He was asked what he thought about Aqib Talib…
“Who? I don’t know who that is.”
“I don’t watch a lot of football. I mean, we have practice on Sundays, and I didn’t get a chance to watch a lot of games.”
Dion Bailey looks like a linebacker convert out there. Stiff hips, not a smooth runner.
Bashaud Breeland showed a nice back pedal and transition. He didn’t run a fast time but looked good in the first drill.
Deone Bucannon is an intriguing looking guy. Nice safety prospect out of Wazzu.
Darqueze Dennard exploded out of his turn after the back pedal. He also looked incredibly smooth running the forty. Dennard putting on a really impressive display here.
Phillip Gaines had a really nice 2013 for Rice with five picks. He ran the fastest forty, but didn’t look as polished in his transition after the back pedal.
Jonathan Dowling looked good in the first drill. Former Florida guy who got kicked off the team by Urban Meyer. Perhaps the smoothest runner on the field, nice change of direction. Worth looking at as a project for Seattle.
The next session is an interception drill.
Purdue’s Ricardo Allen just made a spectacular diving catch. Great ball skills.
Bashaud Breeland has really nice length. He also looked good on this drill — nice hips, tracked the ball effortlessly and caught it.
Deone Bucannon got into position so quickly for his throw he had to stop and wait for it to get there.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix fumbled his catch. Darqueze Dennard again impresses on this drill. So smooth.
Jonathan Dowling didn’t do a good job adjusting and locating the ball on his turn. It ended up flying over his head because he was in the wrong position.
I’m not sure what Justin Gilbert was doing on his attempt. Got out of the transition and into the open field. Never tracked the ball and made a has of his catch.
Really though the main thing on these drills are hip movement and recovery speed. Dennard looked the best.
We’re now onto another catching drill. This is a back pedal, sprint and catch on the right sideline — locating the ball and catching it at the highest point.
Ricardo Allen flipped his hips nicely but could’ve done a better job high pointing the ball.
Bene Benwikere just made a spectacular grab. Superb.
Bashaud Breeland looked silky smooth in his transition — and he tried to high point the ball better than anyone else. But he struggled to track the ball in the air and failed to make the catch.
Jonathan Dowling is really long. Just looks like a Seattle prospect.
Justin Gilbert looked good in this drill. High pointed the ball, much smoother transition this time. He and Dennard are separating themselves a little here — but the ball skills overall within this group were poor.
The next session is a double move drill.
Breeland again looked good here. Had a really sharp change of direction and recovery.
Matt Millen poking fun at himself on the feed, while discussing Detroit’s need for another receiver. Guffaw.
Dowling high pointed the ball nicely in this drill. He’s impressive.
Kyle Fuller — superb change of direction, closing speed and a high pointed catch here.
Seahawks coach Kris Richard is running the next drill. It’s two drops, a catch and finish.
Good job Deone Bucannon. Finished on a high note.
Not really sure what to make of Clinton-Dix’s work out. He isn’t Earl Thomas in terms of range and speed.
Darqueze Dennard dropped his final catch, as did Bashaud Breeland.
Kyle Fuller was a little high on his final attempt, could’ve done with bending his knees a little more.
The next drill is an drop and catch. They want to see low bend, smooth hips and ball skills.
Gilbert looked a little high. Phillip Gaines looked pretty good here — very polished.
Clinton-Dix looked really good in this test.
They’ll end with the competition drill. I think this is new. They’ve split the group into two and have a drop counter. The losing team has to do push-ups.
Awed by the total workout of Justin Gilbert/CB/Oklahoma State; testing, drills, everything…interviews will determine top 10..
— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) February 25, 2014
The session ends with a NYG coach telling the DB group Seattle won the Super Bowl fielding a 1st, a 4th, two 5th’s and a 6th in their secondary.
He also turns to Kris Richard to ask where Malcolm Smith was drafted, and whether he even attended the combine.
So much Seattle focus here.
Mike Mayock said Terrence Brooks has a second-round grade and moving up
— TomahawkNation.com (@TomahawkNation) February 25, 2014
"U-G-L-Y you ain't got no alibi it's ugly." -Mike Mayock. @LeighMayock must be proud.
— Thomas Melton (@TMeltonScouting) February 25, 2014
"what does swag mean" -Mike Mayock
— victor sova (@bugcartel) February 25, 2014
Group two forty’s on the way shortly.
DB FORTY YARD DASH GROUP 2
Kenall James (Maine) — 4.42 & 4.65
Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Nebraska) — 4.53 & 4.58
Dontae Johnson (NC State) — 4.45 & 4.43
Lamarcus Joyner (Florida State) — 4.53 & 4.52
Kenny Ladler (Vanderbilt) — 4.75 & 4.72
Nevin Lawson (Utah State) — 4.52 & 4.53
Isaiah Lewis (Michigan State) — 4.56 & 4.57
Craig Loston (LSU) — 4.62 & 4.59
Dexter McDougle (Maryland) — DNP
Keith McGill (Utah) — 4.47 & 4.44
Terrance Mitchell (Oregon) — 4.60 & 4.61
Jabari Price (North Carolina) — 4.49 & 4.47
Calvin Pryor (Louisville) — 4.62 & 4.60
Loucheiz Purifoy (Florida) — 4.55 & 4.56
Keith Reaser (Florida Atlantic) — DNP
Ed Reynolds (Stanford) — 4.64 & 4.59
Rashaad Reynolds (Oregon State) — 4.57 & 4.55
Marcus Roberson (Florida) — 4.66 & 4.59
Bradley Roby (Ohio State) — 4.40 & 4.41
Daniel Sorenson (BYU) — 4.72 & 4.69
Vinnie Sunseri (Alabama) — DNP
Jemea Thomas (Georgia Tech) — 4.52 & 4.55
Brock Vereen (Minnesota) — 4.42 & 4.43
Jason Verrett (TCU) –4.41 & 4.41
Jimmie Ward (Northern Illinois) — DNP
Todd Washington (SE Louisiana) — DNP
Jaylen Watkins (Florida) — 4.50 & 4.44
Lavelle Westbrooks (Georgia Southern) — 4.65 & 4.66
If you ever wondered how they determine the unofficial times, this is it:
Charlie Casserly with a stop watch.
Bradley Roby had a 1.47 10 yard split on his first attempt.
Sammy Watkins’ brother, Jaylen Watkins, ran in this group.
Keith McGill ran an unofficial 4.44 at 6-3 and 214lbs. Wow.
A quick note on the safety times (with Calvin Pryor running an unofficial 4.6) — Kenny Vaccaro had an official 4.62 last year and was the #15 overall pick.
DEFENSIVE BACK DRILLS — GROUP TWO
The first drill is the turn and go. They want to see the back pedal and hips. Can you stay low?
The first few players didn’t finish the drill properly. These are timed tests. Not sure the coaches made that clear.
Keith McGill’s transition was fine, but he needs to get lower. That’s difficult at 6-3, but he can bend a little more. Stll, very interesting prospect with 4.4 speed and incredible size.
They’ve finally told the guys they’re timing the drills, after Calvin Pryor rounded off the end of his run.
Stanford safety Ed Reynolds looked pretty stiff in his transition.
Bradley Roby looked really polished — nice and low, great snap in his transition. Finished the run.
Jason Verrett the latest prospect not to finish the drill properly. The message is starting to get across though — they’re really finishing the drill in the second go around.
McGill nice and low on his second attempt. He’s looking good out there. Another tape review is in order here.
The feed’s back upstairs for a second interview with Joe Haden, so we can’t see practises right now.
The NFL.com feed is already starting to wind down despite work outs ongoing. We’re now getting adverts for the Rich Eisen podcast.
Now we get a trailer for the film ‘Draft Day’ — which couldn’t look any more cheesy.
Does the film end with a sweaty press conference in the war room?
Now we’re getting Buck Brooks’ review of the last four days. This might be as far as we go for the work outs. Shame.
The official times are coming in…
OFFICIAL FORTY YARD DASH TIMES — DB’s
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix — 4.58
Calvin Pryor — 4.58
Justin Gilbert — 4.37
Jason Verrett — 4.38
Brock Vereen — 4.47
Terrence Brooks — 4.42
Darqueze Dennard — 4.51
Brandon Dixon — 4.41
Phillip Gaines — 4.37
Kendall James — 4.44
Bradley Roby — 4.39
Jaylen Watkins — 4.41
Keith McGill — 4.51
Deone Buchanan — 4.49
Marqueston Huff — 4.49
Kyle Fuller — 4.49
Jonathan Dowling — 4.51
Lamarcus Joyner — 4.51
Ed Reynolds — 4.57
Pierre Desir — 4.59
Stanley Jean-Baptiste — 4.61
Bashaud Breeland — 4.62
Victor Hampton — 4.69
At last, NFL.com goes back to the drills. Just in time for Seattle’s Kris Richard to get back in the action.
One thing I’ve noticed today — Richard is no-nonsense with instructions. Very to the point. He’s leading the ‘W’ drill, back and forth then catch a pass.
I love McGill’s length, but to me he looks more suited to a Kam Chancellor type role at safety. A little stiff in the back pedal here. I’ll be interested to see on tape whether he plays with the same intensity.
Bradley Roby looks smooth here — he’s having a really good work out. Richard screaming “speed” at Florida’s Marcus Roberson, who jogged through his drill.
The feed cuts out AGAIN for more Matt Smith and Bucky Brooks face time, just as Jason Verrett was due to run.
We’re now with the NFL Network, who are showing the drills with Mayock. About time.
Mayock unhappy that the St. Louis Rams Twitter account photo-shopped a picture of him with Les Snead’s hair. Belly laugh.
Onto a deep catching drill.
Calvin Pryor a little leggy in his deep transition. Took too many steps.
Ed Reynolds moving better here. Keith McGill stutter steps on his run — unnecessary steps like Pryor.
Roby continuing to excel, just looks like a natural.
Brock Vereen, Shane’s brother, has had a nice work out with 4.4 speed.
Tony Pauline seeing the same thing…
Gotta say Brock Vereen/DB/Minnesota leaves the combine with improved draft stock…nice workout in all areas…
— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) February 25, 2014
Jason Verrett has fantastic footwork. He just exploded through his run and made a difficult low grab to get the coaches barking.
McGill’s official forty listed at a 4.51. A little slower than the official times. Someone’s going to try and turn him into another big, rangy safety.
Having said that, he had a 39 inch vertical and a 12-9 broad jump. Crazy.
Marcus Roberson looks like he could play in Seattle. Decent size.
Man, I really like Jason Verrett. One of the winners today.
We end with the catching competition, with the group split into two again.
And for the second time we get a speech relating to Seattle’s success in the secondary.
This is where I’ll end the live blog for today. Again, I’ll have another post up later to review the work outs so stay tuned.
Thanks for joining in over the last few days and don’t forget tomorrow’s post-combine mock draft.