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What to Watch at the 2019 NFL Combine: Defensive Backs Take the Field 

It's the last group of the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. Here are a few guys who can up their stock or solidify their place as some of the top secondary players of this year's draft class.


The secondary is no slouch in this year's defense-heavy draft. It also happens to be a need for the Buccaneers going into 2019 with a different defensive scheme than they're used to from years past.

The defensive backs are the last group to take to the field in on-field workouts for the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. See below for a few to keep an eye on who can either reinforce what analysts are already saying about them, or up their own stock with a good workout – especially if you're a Bucs fan.

Greedy Williams, LSU

Williams is an outside corner that has been mocked to the Buccaneers at the fifth pick overall in multiple mock drafts over the past few weeks. The former LSU Tiger has size – standing at 6'2 and in fact has a draft grade on NFL.com of 6.21, meaning he's a projected instant starter for whichever team drafts him. He's certainly first-round talent, but especially with the freak performances we've seen so far at this year's combine, Williams may have to have one of his own to solidify a top-five selection.

Nasir Adderley, Delaware

Adderley is a small-school product that impressed at the Senior Bowl going up against top-tier talent he wasn't used to in college. That was the first inkling to the rest of the NFL world that he is, in fact, ready for the next level. His combine testing should add to that and will help him solidify a first-round reputation should he perform well against the rest of the secondary talent he'll be compared against today.

Amani Oruwariye, Penn State

You should be watching Oruwariye just because he's a Tampa native. Also, he's one of the best corners in this draft not named Williams. He's also 6'2 and 205 pounds and has already become a top performer in the bench press among defensive backs, nabbing 17 reps. He's also got speed, at least judging from practices in Mobile. We'll see today how that translates to the 40-yard dash and if he can keep up with the freaky fast receivers, especially in this class that we've seen so far.

Jonathan Abram, Mississippi State

This was a guy who ended up sitting out of Senior Bowl practices so that was one opportunity to reinforce his talent that he didn't end up getting. A good combine performance can help up his stock and into the top safety conversation. He's known for his hard hits but has questionable speed – a concern he can help alleviate today in the on-field workouts.

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