Right now, Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com senior draft analyst, has Tennessee safety Eric Berry going to Seattle at No. 6. Berry did nothing to hurt his draft status on Tuesday, running a 4.47 40-yard-dash, posting a 43-inch vertical jump and pushing out 19 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press.
The explosion is there, so the big plays you see him making on tape are no fluke, but rather an elite athlete making plays. Now teams have to figure out if at 5-11, 212 pounds, Berry can tackle well enough to play safety in the league, or do they consider using him more as a cover corner. It’s a good problem to have for whatever team takes Berry in the top-10.
Berry was Mike Mayock of the NFL Network’s top performer among the DB class on Tuesday.
Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network breaks down the defensive backs class in this video link. He says Eric Berry and Taylor Mays had the most impressive workouts.
Tony Pauline of Sports Illustrated provides an overview of the risers and fallers in the DB draft class after the combine workout.
Chad Reuter of CBS Sports outlines some second-tier defensive back prospects who stepped up.
Pat Kirwan of the NFL Network, a good friend of Pete Carroll who was rumored to be in the running for Seattle’s GM position, has the Seahawks selecting QB Jimmy Clausen with the team’s No. 6 overall pick, and running back C.J. Spiller at No. 14.
Kirwan also ranks Nate Burleson No. 23 in his top 50 free agents.
Tony Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel explains why players with big-money deals will be dumped if 2010 becomes an uncapped year after Thursday’s deadline. Basically teams don’t have to worry about the cap hit anymore.
CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell reports on the hook-up athletes get from Under Armour when they compete in the scouting combine.
Florida cornerback Joe Haden, considered the top cornerback heading into the scouting combine, ran a disappointing time of 4.57 in the 40-yard-dash and could find himself slipping down the draft board come April. Same thing happened to Malcolm Jenkins last year.