Eight Observations from Monday + Free Agent Buzz

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Now that the combine is complete and there are no more previews, let’s take a look at the latest word on the street with free agency set to begin as well as eight observations from the final workout in Indy.

Stephon Gilmore and A.J. Bouye will set the free agent market at cornerback, and then Logan Ryan and Dre Kirkpatrick are expected to sign.

There’s a feeling the Texans could re-sign Bouye at a cost near $12 million a year. Logan and Kirkpatrick will be somewhere in the $10-$11 million range.

Many I’ve spoken with don’t believe Tony Romo will end up with the Houston Texans as rumored, but if it happens they feel a trade will then send Tom Savage to the San Francisco 49ers.

Eight Observations from Monday’s Workout

1) I really like the class of defensive backs that was on the field Monday, but I think there is a difference between the cornerback class and the safety spot. The cornerback class does not have the elite talent at the top that the safety position does but offers much more depth.

2) We presently grade Chidobe Awuzie as a second-round choice but in conversations since Monday's workout, a number of teams feel he is a lock first-round choice.

3) No one I spoke with has a first-round grade on Fabian Moreau, but the consensus is that he’ll be off the board somewhere within the initial 15 choices of Round 2.

4) In my opinion, Gareon Conley showed Monday why he’s going to be the steal of the cornerback position. His film was better than teammate Marshon Lattimore’s during stretches last season, and several people I spoke with this afternoon feel he’s a better player than Eli Apple, the 10th pick of last year’s draft.

5) Conversely I feel that Lattimore is overrated and a risky pick. He’s a superior athlete to Conley but comes with a thin body of work, a long injury history and, in my opinion, lacks the refined ball skills of his teammate.

6) From the safety spot, Montae Nicholson and Josh Jones make my all-underrated prospect list. Both players have size and ability and showcased their athleticism during Monday's combine workout.

7) People will ogle over Obi Melifonwu after his superior testing Monday, but I can tell you scouts are concerned he’s soft on the field and I agree with that concern.

8) Several I talked with were stunned how bad some of Cordrea Tankersley’s numbers were. He ran well timing 4.40s in the 40, but 29.5 inches in the vertical jump? Seven seconds in the three-cone? 4.32s in the short shuttle?

Note: We go right from the combine straight into pro days starting Tuesday. Over the course of the next month, we will bring you comprehensive coverage of the workouts with several reports from every scheduled pro day.