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Combine Notes (2/29): DBs want to leap up draft boards


Terrion Arnold doesn't mind being put on an island. In fact, he'll set up camp and put a roof on it.

The Alabama All-American is Daniel Jeremiah's top-ranked cornerback (No. 9 overall prospect) at the NFL Scouting Combine and stole the show during his media availability Thursday morning here in Indianapolis. The same thing is surely going on behind the scenes during his interviews with teams.

A native of Tallahassee, Fla., Arnold said his confidence comes from his grandfather, who is a roofer.

"I like to correlate roofing with football," Arnold said. "My granddad always told me on that roof, no one is coming to save you. So, when I'm on that roof and I'm on that 8x12, 10x12 and it's a high pitch walking up there, you're slipping on the fiberglass, you kind of get a little rocky, a little shaky, and you know that if you lose confidence in yourself, you're going to slip and fall. It's the same way with corner and being a human being. If you don't have that confidence to come in and take over a room and have that presence, nobody is going to have that confidence in you."

The Giants, who hold the No. 6 overall pick in the draft, have decisions to make in their secondary this offseason.

Cornerbacks Adoree' Jackson, who has started 36 games in three seasons with the Giants, and Darnay Holmes, a former fourth-round draft choice by the team, are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents when the new league year begins in two weeks. Safety Xavier McKinney is also set to hit the market at that time if he isn't tagged by March 5.

Arnold wants to be at the forefront of all 32 clubs' minds when they have to make decisions such as these. He told Broncos cornerback Patrick Surtain II as much at an Alabama draft party last year.

"I said coming out next year," Arnold recalled, "I'm going be the best corner in the class."

Plenty of others are trying to make that case this week, including his college teammate Kool-Aid McKinstry.

"It's why you go to Alabama," Arnold said. "Kool-Aid and I, man, we're very close knit, very tight. When I'm looking at him, if he's on the right side and he just made a play, I'm like, OK, man, if they throw this ball my way, I've got to make a play. It's friendly competition. We challenge each other, we make each other better, and that's why we're both here."

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah released his updated ranking of the top 50 prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Here's what else you need to know from the defensive backs' media session in Indianapolis:

Cooper DeJean will work out 'at some point before the draft'

The Big Ten's Defensive Back and Return Specialist of the Year fractured his fibula in mid-November during a "freak incident" in practice and had to undergo surgery. DeJean said he started running full speed last week but won't work out at the combine. However, he plants to do so "at some point before the draft."

DeJean also confirmed that he has talked to a few teams about moving around from cornerback to safety.

"Being able to play multiple, different positions, I think that's an advantage," he said. "I feel like it's more about my versatility. I feel like I've proven that I can play outside and inside. Obviously, I haven't played safety in college. But I feel like I have the ability to play multiple, different positions in the back end."

"Mad" Max Melton brings Rutgers mentality

Wearing a chain that said "MADMAX" at the podium, cornerback Max Melton is looking to turn heads after collecting eight interceptions and four blocked punts in 43 career games at Rutgers.

"I feel like people have got to open their eyes more," said Melton, the younger brother of Packers wide receiver Bo Melton. "These DBs, Rutgers DBs in the league, I feel like we're making our mark. All credit to Greg Schiano, he has a line of DBs that he coached and are doing very well in the league. Rutgers DBs in the league – we're very smart, very disciplined, very athletic and we all get the job down. … I meet with teams and they're like, 'Oh, you're a Rutgers guy, you know football,' and I'm like, sure enough. I do know football. I feel like the physical attributes mixed in with the mental preparation, mix that all together and you're going to have a good player."

Toledo's Quinyon Mitchell can 'hit with the big dogs'

Mitchell climbed up four spots in Daniel Jeremiah's top 50 to No. 15 overall and the second-ranked cornerback behind Arnold. A big reason was what he showed at the Senior Bowl, which gives small-school prospects the opportunity to go against players from the powerhouses.

"[I showed] that I can hit with the big dogs," he said. "Going into that week, there was a lot of 'he can't play in good competition' and stuff like that. So just going and showcasing and dominating everybody [is what I did]."

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