NFL Scouting Combine Workout Analysis: Strong Safeties

    The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine quick analysis on the workouts of every prospect: the strong safeties

    March 1, 2016


    The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine quick analysis of the workouts of every prospect: the strong safeties.


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    Tevin Carter, Utah, 6-1, 218

    He didn’t do everything, but he showed his strength and pop with 19 reps on the bench. He has great size and good power, but he needs to flash a little speed on his pro day.
    Projection: Free Agent

    Jeremy Cash, Duke, 6-0, 212

    Still getting past a wrist injury, he wasn’t able to work out or do much of anything, but there’s little question about whether or not he can play. However, at some point he needs to run – he has to show he can move a bit to get into the top 50.
    Projection: Second Round

    K.J. Dillon, West Virginia, 6-0, 210

    It was a great workout to show off his raw tools, ripping up a 4.53 40 – one of the best of the safeties, – and jumping and running well. He might be tight, and he might not look right in pass coverage, but he can move and he can get there. It was a good workout.
    Projection: Fourth Round

    Karl Joseph, West Virginia, 5-10, 205

    Unfortunately, he’s still getting over the knee injury that knocked him out last season. However, he wasn’t shy about talking, he wasn’t shy about letting everyone know he’s great, and he wasn’t shy about making sure it was obvious that he was going to be fine soon enough.
    Projection: Third Round

    Jayron Kearse, Clemson, 6-4, 216

    For his size and length, he did everything right with a good-enough 4.62 40 along with a big broad jump and quick movement considering his body size. He might be more of a strong workout guy than a pure football player, but he looks great.
    Projection: Fourth Round

    Miles Killebrew, Southern Utah, 6-2, 217

    Everyone wanted to see what the Thunderbird was going to be able to do, but the big-hitter from the FCS was flying all over the place. He might hit like a linebacker, but he moves a little like one, too. Even so, he exploded with a whopping 38” vertical and 10’7” broad jump, and he got around fast. He’s a rock-solid second rounder.
    Projection: Second Round

    Jordan Lucas, Penn State, 6-0, 201

    He’s not yet past a shoulder injury that didn’t let him work out in Indy.
    Projection: Seventh Round

    Jalen Mills, LSU, 6-0, 191

    Even though he still wasn’t quite 100% back from a leg injury suffered last summer, he was still tremendous coming up with a 37” vertical while moving as quickly as any safety in the short drills. If he’s a corner, he’s too slow with a 4.61 40, but he might be far better in his pro day. There’s a sense of a big upside once he gets further and further away from his injury.
    Projection: Round

    Keanu Neal, Florida, 6-0, 211

    Yup. That’s how a safety is supposed to workout. He wasn’t blazing fast, but the 4.62 wasn’t all that bad. The 38” vertical was outstanding, the 11’ broad jump was among the best at the combine, and he rolled without an issue in the short drills. Scouts are going to like him more and more once they dive in deeper.
    Projection: Fourth Round

    Tyvis Powell, Ohio State, 6-3, 211

    A 6-3, 211-pound safety who can run a 4.46? He might be more of an athlete than a hitter, but his ability to get around is good enough to potentially move into the top 100. For a long defender, he was quick and looked the part, but where will he play? He’s definitely a free safety, not a popper as a strong safety.
    Projection: Fourth Round

    Elijah Shumate, Notre Dame, 6-0, 216

    There’s never been any question about his skill, but he’s not smooth. He ran great with a 4.58 40, and he threw up 18 reps on the bench and did everything else fine time-wise. He’s going to make a team as a special teamer, but can he be more? The athleticism is there.
    Projection: Sixth Round

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