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Greedy Williams’ Early Exit, Zedrick Woods Runs 2019’s Fastest 40 Plus More Combine Takeaways from Day 4

Louisiana State University Tigers cornerback Greedy Williams jumps prior to running the 40-yard dash during the NFL football scouting combine on Monday, March 4, 2019 in Indianapolis. (Aaron M. Sprecher via AP)
Louisiana State University Tigers cornerback Greedy Williams jumps prior to running the 40-yard dash during the NFL football scouting combine on Monday, March 4, 2019 in Indianapolis. (Aaron M. Sprecher via AP)

CORNERBACKS

Fastest: 4.30 Jamel Dean, Auburn

Furthest: 11’3” Corey Ballentine, Washburn

Highest: 43.0 Ken Webster, Ole Miss

Most Reps: 19 Kris Boyd, Texas

-Greedy Williams was the most anticipated corner at this year’s combine and he started off fast (literally), running a 4.37 40-yard dash, good for second-best among the corner group. In on-field drills though, he started cramping and was forced to cut his day short. Without Williams, a few other corners emerged, including former Nittany Lion and Tampa-native Amani Oruwariye. He ran a 4.47, which proved to be a good time for the 6’2, 205-pound corner. He looked right at home in on-field drills and did well getting after the ball. He also put up 17 reps on the bench press, good for third-most in the group. Oruwariye had a great Senior Bowl in Mobile and his combine numbers may have solidified him as first-round talent.

- The fastest 40-yard dash time among cornerbacks was Jamel Dean out of Auburn. He also finished with the third-highest vertical at 41.0 and had a 10’10” broad jump. He was a top performer in the bench press, too. To round out a solid all-around performance, he did well in the on-field drills. He maintained control in back pedal drills and proved he can get it done with his hands, catching the ball comfortably.

View photos of the DBs from the 2019 NFL Combine.

SAFETIES

Fastest: 4.29 Zedrick Woods, Ole Miss

Furthest: 11’9” Juan Thornhill, Virginia

Highest: 44.0 Juan Thornhill, Virginia

Most Reps: 22 Khari Willis, Michigan St.

-As you can see from above, former Virginia safety Juan Thornhill led the group in multiple categories. In fact, he tied the Combine recent-bests in both broad jump and vertical. By the way, he added a 4.42 40-yard dash time to all that. He was no slouch in on-field drills, either. It won’t be enough to put him into the first round, but teams will be able to get a really great athlete later on.

-Former Mississippi State safety Johnathan Abram was kept out of Senior Bowl practices because he didn’t end up being all the way healthy, but he made up for it in Indy. He’s a bigger safety known for his hard hits and run-stopping but proved he can run himself with a 4.45 40-yard dash time. As a defensive back, he was put through ball-catching drills on the field, too, and didn’t disappoint. He proved he can track the ball with the best of them.

-The combine saved the fastest for last as Ole Miss safety Zedrick Woods clocked a 4.29 40-yard dash, the fastest of any combine participant.

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