NFL Combine 2013: The Top 20 Defensive Backs Looking For Work In The NFL
NFL Combine: Top 20 Defensive Backs
The NFL Combine is upon us and once again, the eyes of the football world are on Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It is there that the best and brightest NFL prospects will come together to be examined and evaluated leading up to their possible selection in the NFL Draft.
The Combine has become a spectacle of physical prowess unlike anything else. It is a platform that has exploded into the public forum over the last several years as coverage of the event has increased. Now fans are able to watch their college favorites and relative unknowns as they pit themselves against each other and the clock.
There is so much more to the combine then the physical testing that is the showcase of the week long event. Players begin to show up in shifts, broken up by position, and they are put through a gauntlet of medical testing, both physical and mental. There are strength tests, interviews, meeting and more.
There are many facets to the process, but what people really care about is the physical drills.
The drills start in earnest on Saturday, starting with offensive lineman and tight ends. There are positional skills for some of the marque positions, but it is Sunday when the quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs truly take center stage. Monday starts the defensive side of the ball, but it is not until the final day of the combine that the defensive backs take the field.
The defensive backs entering the combine this year represent the different schools, body types and skill sets from across the nation. The players all have one thing in common, the desire to impress the NFL staff on hand, and each is given an equal opportunity to get it done.
Heading into the Combine we look at the top 20 DBs hoping to get some momentum rolling in their favor heading into the NFL Draft. With that in mind here are the 20 best prospects hoping to play on Sundays this fall. Click the Next to begin the slideshow and as always, please leave your comments before or on twitter using the hash tag #RML, for Rant My Life.
20. Blidi Wreh-Wilson
Blidi Wreh-Wilson starts our list off. He is a 6'1" 192 pound corner back out of Connecticut
19. B.W. Webb
B.W.Webb is another corner back, this one at 5'10" and 180lbs from William & Mary.
18. Leon McFadden
Leon McFadden also plays corner, having made his impact at San Diego State.
17. Tony Jefferson
Tony Jefferson from Oklahoma is the first Free Safety to make our list.
16. Shawn Williams
Shawn Williams hails from Georgia. He is the first Strong Safety on our list and the first Bulldog, too.
15. David Amerson
David Amerson shows up on our list at #15 and is another corner back, this one from North Carolina State.
14. Bacarri Rambo
Bacarri Rambo has the coolest name of them all, and at Free Safety he is the second Georgia Bulldog on our list.
13. Phillip Thomas
Phillip Thomas comes in at 13. He played at Fresno State, and at 6'1" 210 is actually the smallest of the smallest (slightly) of the Free Safeties on our list.
12. Darius Slay
Darius Slay from Mississippi State is one of the biggest corners on our list.
11. Jamar Taylor
Jamar Taylor from Boise State is a corner sure to go in the second round.
10. Eric Reid
Eric Reid is the LSU Free Safety starting off the top 10.
9. Jonathan Cypien
Jonathan Cypien is the biggest of the Strong Safeties on our list. The 6' 210 pound senior was a stand out at Florida International.
8. Logan Ryan
Logan Reid from Rutgers is a 6 foot 190 pound corner back underclassman.
7. Jordan Poyer
Jordan Poyer played corner for the Oregon State and will ikely be the first back taken in the second round.
6. Matt Elam
Matt Elam is the best Strong Safety in the group, but the Florida DB likely will not go before the second round.
5. Jonathan Banks
Jonathan Banks another DB from Mississippi State makes a strong showing on our list at number five.
4. Kenny Vaccarro
Kenny Vaccarro from Texas tops the Free Safeties on our list. At 6'1 218 he is sure to be a first round selection.
3. Desmond Trufant
Desmond Trufant starts out our top three. The 5'11" corner back from Washington is a definite first round talent and will certainly be playing on Sundays.
2. Xavier Rhodes
Xavier Roads out of Florida State comes in at 6'1" and 217lbs. He could easily have been number one on our list, but represents well at two.
1. Dee Milliner
Dee Milliner has been impressive throughout his career at Alabama. A surgery scheduled for after the Combine may give teams pause, but not enough to affect his draft stock. He tops our list of Defensive Backs heading into the Draft process.