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5 Things We Learned at the Combine (2/29)

Posted Feb 29, 2016

Giants.com's Dan Salomone highlights five takeaways from Monday at the Combine




1. FSU’S RAMSEY MAKES CASE AS TOP CB

Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey entered the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine as NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock’s top cornerback in the class, and the former Seminole did nothing but confirm the ranking. As defensive backs closed this year’s combine on Monday, Ramsey led the group in both vertical (41.5 inches) and broad jumps (11 feet, 3 inches), two important drills for a position based on leaping to break up passes and hopefully intercepting them. Ramsey tied California running back Daniel Lasco in both of those categories for first overall.

Meanwhile, Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves, Mayock’s No. 2 corner, finished in the top five in both vertical (39 inches) and broad jumps (10 feet, 10 inches). Clemson’s Mackensie Alexander, who said he was this year’s best cornerback prospect earlier in the week, did not run at the combine due to an injury.


2. HOUSTON’S JACKSON COULD RISE IN DEEP CB CLASS

Houston’s William Jackson III turned some heads by running a 4.37 40-yard dash. He was not among Mayock’s top five corners heading into the combine, which underscores the depth at the position. Outside of interior defensive linemen, the 2016 class could be deepest at cornerback.

"William Jackson is going to climb,” Mayock said. “His tape is good and now he's a sub-4.4 guy. He had seven passes broken up versus Temple and also had five interceptions on the year. So, you want to talk about ball production and being around and making plays, this kid did it."

Added Mayock: "I'm probably going to pop him up into my top five corners," Mayock said. "Worst case, he's a second-round corner."


3. KILLEBREW IS STRONGEST SAFETY; GREEN THE FASTEST

Miles Killebrew of Southern Utah finished in the top five at his position in three separate drills, including 22 reps in the bench press (first among safeties). He also tied for second in the vertical jump (38 inches) and came in third in the broad jump (10 feet, 7 inches).

"This Killebrew kid has got some juice to him," said Mayock, who ranked him as the No. 4 safety. "I've never see a safety hit more offensive players and seen those players go backwards. He's got a heavy thump to him."

Meanwhile, Clemson’s T.J. Green led all safeties with a 4.34 40-yard dash, good for fourth overall. The end of the combine means Georgia running back Keith Marshall finishes as the fastest player in this year’s draft with a time of 4.31 seconds. Notre Dame wide receiver Will Fuller (4.32) took the silver, and Auburn cornerback Jonathan Jones (4.33) took the bronze.


4. OHIO STATE WON COMBINE MEDAL COUNT

In the spirit of an Olympics year, NFL Network kept a running medal count throughout the week in Indianapolis based on the top performances by position. Ohio State led all colleges with 14 participants in this year’s combine, so it’s no surprise the program came in first with 12 medals (five gold, four silver, three bronze). California (three gold, three silver, one bronze) and TCU (one gold, four silver, three bronze) tied for second with seven apiece.  Oklahoma and Harvard were behind them with six total, and Auburn, Washington, and North Dakota State had five.



5. RICH RAN

With Mayock clocking him, NFL Network’s Rich Eisen held his annual “Run Rich Run” 40-yard dash in benefit of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In a full suit and neon cleats, like always, the host set a personal record with a time of 5.94 seconds. Leading up to the combine, Eisen and NFL Network asked fans to run the 40 in their work clothes and upload the videos on social media to raise awareness for the hospital that treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. This year, NFL Network and DIRECTV each pledged $25,000 to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.