Five Players to Watch during Monday’s Workout and Eight Observations from Sunday

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Monday is the final day of workouts for the 2017 NFL Combine as the defensive backs take the field. It’s a very important day, as pecking order for the cornerback position is likely to be determined by the outcome. Here are five defensive backs to keep an eye on as we close out the combine.

1) Sidney Jones/CB/Washington: Jones’ 40 time is critical, as I’ve been told he hasn’t looked swift in training. He comes equipped with next-level ball skills, but does he have Sunday speed? Good testing results will put him at the top of a few cornerback boards. Slower times will push him into the middle of Round 1.

2) Kevin King/CB/Washington: King finds himself in a similar position to his teammate, except he’s starting at a lower point in the draft and has the potential to move way up boards. King is not considered a fast corner, so better-than-expected times in the 40 -- something under 4.5 seconds – would give him a fighting chance to be selected late in Round 1.

3) Delano Hill/S/Michigan: Hill was not graded by scouts entering the season, meaning they didn’t think he was even worthy of signing as an undrafted free agent. Yet after a terrific senior season and a fine performance during Shrine week, he finds himself as a solid last-day pick. Teams expect him to run in the mid-4.5s. I’m told it will be in the low-4.4s. If he’s that fast, Hill will elevate his draft stock into the middle rounds.

4) Shaquill Griffin/CB/Central Florida: Griffin has been a quality cover corner since his sophomore season and possesses the ball skills to play on Sundays. But does he have the speed? I’ve been told he has run some superior times in training, which -- if duplicated during Monday’s workout -- would secure Griffin as a late-round pick.

5) Channing Stribling/CB/Michigan: On film Stribling was a consistent shutdown corner for Michigan. But like Griffin, speed is an issue as he struggled staying with opponents downfield and showed little in the way of deep speed during Shrine practices. I wonder if a move to safety could be in the offing for Stribling. Watch not only his 40 time but his three-cone and shuttle runs.

Eight Observations from Day 3

1) Sunday’s defensive line group was one of the most athletic I’ve witnessed at the combine in a while. The speeds, jumps and position drills were nothing short of outstanding from the majority of the participants. We knew going into the combine that the draft would be filled with pass rushers, and Sunday’s workout further proved that opinion.

2) If there was one player I was really disappointed with, it was Davon Godchaux. He looked sluggish and slow and performed poorly on the bench. I had him hanging on as a third-round pick, but Godchaux will likely drop a round.

3) Jonathan Allen was also a disappointment. His testing numbers really weren’t what you’d expect from a prospect some consider an impact defensive player. The film doesn’t lie, but you must now question how much upside Allen comes with.

4) I was impressed with the workout of Vincent Biegel of Wisconsin; I felt he was faster than expected and more athletic than advertised.

5) Jordan Willis put up some “wow” numbers which rivaled Haason Reddick. And while he looked supremely athletic, I still can’t get his inability to shed blocks in college or the way he was handled at the Senior Bowl out of my mind.

6) Jarron Jones was unimpressive to me. He lumbered around the field, showed little in the way of quickness or explosion. It’s mind-boggling that he was considered a potential first-round pick by scouts before the season started.

7) Just like he did during the Senior Bowl, Tanoh Kpassagnon very much looked the part at the combine. He easily moved his body around the field showing a nice degree of quickness and balance. I presently grade him as a late-round pick but could just as easily see a team selecting him during the final stages of the second day due to his massive upside.

8) And finally, it’s a joy watching Myles Garrett. He is so impressive in so many ways and, while players such as Dede Westbrook refuse to participate in the Senior Bowl or combine, watching Garrett seize hold of his opportunities is inspiring.