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2024 NFL Scouting Combine: Day Two Recap

The defensive backs and tight ends were out for day two of the 2023 Scouting Combine. 

They split the prospects into three groups today. The first group was the cornerbacks, with a few safeties and nickels mixed in. The second group was mostly safeties with a handful of nickel corners as well. After that, we got to see the tight ends hit the field.

Let’s look at the players performed in each group.

2024 NFL Scouting Combine: Day Two Recap

DEFENSIVE BACK GROUP 1

He dominated the MAC, and the Senior Bowl, and now Quinyon Mitchell (CB/Toledo) has dominated the Combine. Mitchell blazed a 4.33 forty (1.51 10) and vertical leaped 38 inches. He is firmly in the conversation to be CB1.

Max Melton (CB/Rutgers) didn’t really stand out to me at the Senior Bowl but he possesses elite athletic traits. Melton ran a 4.39 40, had a 40.5″ vertical, and an 11’4″ broad jump. It seems he may end up on day two when it is all said and done.

Alabama CB Terrion Arnold is another one in contention for the top corner spot. He ran a 4.5 in the forty with a 37″ vertical. He looked smooth on the field.

Kool-Aid McKinstry (CB/Alabama) didn’t work out today after a Jones fracture was discovered in his foot during the medical checks. McKinstry intends to work out at Alabama’s pro day and then have surgery. He should be ready for training camp.

Clemson CB Nate Wiggins weighed 27 pounds lower than his listed weight at Clemson. NOT GREAT! Wiggins then proceeded to run a 4.28 in the forty. GREAT! He then came up lame on his second attempt with a reported hip flexor. Ehhh.

Kalen King (CB/Penn State) has failed at every juncture of this offseason. King entered the season being mocked in the first round. His 2023 tape was subpar, was one of the worst players I saw during the Senior Bowl, then his performance at the Combine was less than ideal. The NFL Network crew believes a move to free safety may be in the offing.

Kentucky CB Andru Phillips put on a show for the scouts and NFL personnel in Indianapolis. Phillips started the day with a 42″ vertical leap and an 11’3″ broad jump. He then proceeded to run a 4.48 in the forty (1.51 10). The cornerback class is deep but Phillips may get into that day-two group.

Kamari Lassiter (CB/Georgia) didn’t run or jump. But he did do the shuttles and he did them well. Lassiter is a borderline first-round selection on my board. I want to see his complete profile but that 6.62 three-cone is mighty nice.

DEFENSIVE BACK GROUP 2

Texas Tech safety Tyler Owens is not someone I had on my radar prior to the Combine. Then I saw his 41-inch vertical and a 12’2″ broad jump and I became intrigued. Owens was a few inches away from the Combine record. Unfortunately, Owens came up lame on his first forty attempt. I will definitely head back to the tape on him.

Cole Bishop (S/Utah) is one of my top safety prospects. Bishop looked great in the cover drills at the Senior Bowl. He looked slick in the field drills and tested well. Bishop ran a 4.45 in the forty with a 39″ vertical.

Georgia safety Javon Bullard is my top safety in this class to this point. He excelled in Mobile and was one of the better-looking safeties on the field today. Bullard only ran the forty (4.47; 1.51 10) but his pro day is 12 days away for the rest.

Tykee Smith (S/Georgia) is a big hitter but he is also fast. Smith ran a 4.46 forty with a 36″ vertical.

Sione Vaki (S/Utah) is a versatile player. He took running back and wide receiver reps at the Senior Bowl. he was asked to do RB reps after the safety group went today.

TIGHT END GROUP 

Georgia TE Brock Bowers is indisputably TE1 in this class. He passed the first test by measuring in at 6’3″ and 241 pounds. He opted not to do any tests or drills at the Combine. Which makes me sad. Bowers has a draft range from around pick 5 to pick 25. 

Ben Sinnott (TE/Kansas State) was solid, albeit unspectacular at the Senior Bowl. He was quite spectacular today. Sinnott ran a 4.68 forty, and had a 40″ vertical, with an astounding 6.82-second three-cone. He is firmly in the race to be TE3 (maybe even TE2) and should be selected on day three.

Texas TE Ja’Tavion Sanders didn’t wow on the track with a 4.69 in the forty. His tape is good and he should be TE2. But the gap appears to have narrowed.

Jaheim Bell (TE/Florida State) is undersized and is not a “true” tight end. However, his athleticism is going to make him a fun chess piece with a creative offense. 

Washington TE Devin Culp popped to me during the 2022 season. He has very little production to speak of but is fast. Culp only ran the forty but he ran it in 4.47 seconds. Does he get drafted? Maybe. But if not he will definitely compete for a roster spot.

Tip Reiman (TE/Illinois) is another player who is sending me back to the tape. Reiman, at 271 pounds, ran a 4.64 in the forty. He also had a ten-foot broad jump and a 4.26 short shuttle.

And then there is Penn State’s Theo Johnson

Check back tomorrow for Shane’s recap of day three.

You can also see a sortable table with all of the testing results here at Draft Countdown!

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