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NFL Combine 2017: Ten defensive backs to watch on the last day of workouts

A sensational defensive back class promises to put on a show

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The final day of the combine is often one of the most hotly anticipated. The defensive backs are some of the very best athletes on the field, and this year should be no different.

In fact, the 2017 defensive back class is anticipated to be one of the best in years, and we can expect a show today.

While the New York Giants’ secondary was the strength of the team in 2017, it pays to pay attention to these players. It never hurts to add depth and competition to even the strongest position, so which players should Giants fans be watching?

  • Adoree Jackson (DB, USC) - Where Jackson plays at the next level is up in the air. He could be a cornerback, he could be a safety, he could even find himself playing offense. Jackson is one of the most exciting athletes in the entire draft, and he should be fun to watch as he does athletic things. His positional drills could help teams decide what his future position will be.
  • Sidney Jones (CB, Washington) - With Marlon Humphrey and Marshon Lattimore getting more attention, this is Jones’ chance to remind everyone that he is one of the best corners in the land. He is a bit undersized, but an oily mover who should make the positional drills look easy.
  • Fabian Moreau (CB, UCLA) - Moreau put himself back on the national radar with a strong performance at the Senior Bowl. His college coach believes that he has first round talent, but a lack of turnovers has kept him out of that conversation so far. If he can show that he is a better athlete than believed, and continue to be rock-solid in coverage, Moreau could make himself some money. [Prospect Profile]
  • Desmond King (CB, Iowa) - King is in a similar situation as Moreau. He was one of the best coverage players in the country the last couple years, but he didn’t generate many turnovers last year. There was even talk that his lack of athleticism would force a move to safety. He recorded the top speed at the East-West shrine game, but his performance today could help determine his future.
  • Damontae Kazee (CB, San Diego State) - Kazee is undersized and doesn’t look fast on tape, and that could keep him from being considered an outside corner. However, he is physical and sticky in man coverage, which should get him consideration as a nickel corner. He does have a reputation as a gambler who generates turnovers, but can get burned if he guesses wrong.
  • Kevin King (CB, Washington) - Another Washington Husky to watch, King is an intriguing prospect. He has experience at both safety and corner, and rare size for either position. There will be questions about where he would play best at the next level and his workout could play a big role in what position he is drafted to play, and when.
  • Marcus Williams (S, Utah) - With LSU’s Jamal Adams and OSU’s Malik Hooker dominating the headlines at the safety position, but the safety from Utah combines good size with dynamic playmaking ability. This is his chance to show that he is as good as the top guys on the same field, doing the same drills.
  • Budda Baker (S, Washington) - Like his teammate Sidney Jones, Baker is one of the best in the country at what he does, but doesn’t get the recognition. Baker isn’t a big enforcer of a safety, but rather a rangy free safety with the ability to lock down the deep middle of the field. He should show well in drills and surprise people who are discounting him because of his size (and Washignton playing late on the east coast).
  • Eddie Jackson (S, Alabama) - Something of a forgotten man this year, Jackson’s season was cut short by a broken arm. He is a true free safety with the versatility to come down and play cornerback, which defensive coaches will appreciate. His tackling needs work, but the combine should play to his strengths. [Prospect Profile]
  • Obi Malifonwu (S, UConn) - Not many fans knew about Malifonwu until he started getting some buzz at the start of the draft process. But he is big and very athletic, and put some good play on tape last year. He should put on a show today and could be a riser who surprises with how highly he is drafted.
  • BONUS - Jabrill Peppers (S, Michigan) - In what might be a combine first, Peppers will be doing his second workout today. Coaches and GMs are sure to love the work ethic and competitiveness requuered to overcome a raw deal and go through two complete combine workouts in consecutive days. But how will he look when stacked up against the rest of tgis stacked DB class?

Use this as your open thread for today’s workouts and let us know who you are watching.