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2017 Scouting Combine: DBs To Watch

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Who are some of the prospects to watch in a loaded class?

Jamal Adams. Running towards Nashville?
Jamal Adams. Running towards Nashville?
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1. Adoree' Jackson 5'10 186 Junior USC

- Jackson is the west coast version of Jabrill Peppers. He also runs track for the Trojans in the spring. Jackson is a speed merchant with a decent amount of cornerback skills to make it in the pros if the receiver thing doesn't work out. Special teams ace with several return touchdowns. He's lived up to his lofty billing as a top recruit and then some. Athleticism is elite. Should test well today in Indy.

2. Jalen "Teez" Tabor 6'0 199 Junior Florida

Tabor has been consistently among the best corners all year but Wilson has outshined him in 2016. Athleticism is very good. Versatility is a big plus as he's been used outside and inside. Football IQ is a plus. Ball skills are good (pass deflections, interceptions, etc). Hips are another plus with him. Can turn and run with the best. Will need to interview well due to off field past.

3.  Jourdan Lewis 5'10 186 Senior Michigan

- Lewis had the interception of the year against Wisconsin when he pulled off an OBJ like leaping one handed catch to seal the deal for the Wolverines. Athleticism is a huge plus to his game. Can keep up stride for stride against faster receivers without breaking a sweat. Frame, however is a question as he's smaller than most corners. Did not have a good bowl game against FSU where he was caught out of position repeatedly.

4. Sidney Jones IV 6'0 181 Junior Washington

- Jones has the potential to go down as the best corner in school history. Athleticism is a positive aspect. Football IQ is possibly the best at his position. Can turn and run with the best. Run defense is above average. Willing tackler in the wash.

5. Marlon Humphrey 6'0 197 RS Sophomore Alabama

-  Possibly the best corner in this year's class but he's been under the radar a bit. Has the size that NFL teams love in their corners. Athleticism isn't the best but he's good enough at it to keep up with more fleet footed receivers. A sound technician at the position. Ball skills will have to be coached up but it can be worked on. A better prospect than previous Alabama corners. It will be interesting how he tests during the drills.

6. Quincy Wilson 6'1 211 Junior Florida

- Teams will love his 6'1 frame due to the Legion of Boom in Seattle. While not as fast as Tabor, he's plenty fast for the position. Instincts are off the charts good. Receivers tend to get lost on Wilson's Way. Routinely demands that he gets to cover the opponent's top receiver. Really has impressed a lot this year after being unheralded previous years. Wilson was Florida's best corner this past season over Teez Tabor and doesn't have any off field concerns. Should test well.

7. Tre'Davious White 5'11 192 Senior LSU

- The best corner in the SEC that didn't wear an Alabama uniform. He had a great Senior Bowl week until picking up an ankle injury that forced him to miss the game. Very experienced in the rigors of the SEC being a multi year starter. Frame is less than ideal, however. He should continue his good run of form from the Senior Bowl today.

8. Corn Elder 5'10 183 Senior Miami

- The Tennessee native was one of the best Hurricane defenders in 2016. The veteran rock of the secondary beset by youth and the perpetually "rebuilding" program in general. Not the biggest or strongest guy out there but has more than enough athleticism to test well. Agility is a plus. Fundamentally sound in all facets of defense.

9. Rasul Douglas 6'2 209 Senior West Virginia

- Douglas is possibly the most underrated corner in this year's class. He's the veteran leader of the stingy Mountaineers defense that led the Big 12 in most defensive categories. A tall and lanky corner with plus athleticism. Has shut down nearly every receiver that has dared to face him. He was one of the best corner prospects at the Senior Bowl. Has the size every team will love.

Safeties

1. Jamal Adams 6'0 213 Junior LSU

- The versatile defensive back is the latest elite talent out of the Bayou Bengal DB factory. While a strong safety by trade, he’s the type of safety that DCs build their scheme to fit the player rather than coaching the player to fit the scheme. Elite athleticism and is very well schooled in fundamentals. Work ethic and character is a major plus. Football IQ is off the charts good.

2. Lorenzo Jerome 5'10 204 Senior St Francis (PA)

- Jerome earned a Senior Bowl invite and did not disappoint. He was the latest small school DB to impress in Mobile. Ball skills are elite. Instincts are above average. Football IQ is a major plus along with excellent work ethic. Doesn't have the greatest physical measureables but willing to do the dirty work to become the best. Really made his way up the ranks, going from the NFLPA Game to the Senior Bowl. It is rare that a prospect gets invited to all three major postseason games in the span of 2 weeks.

3. Budda Baker 5'10 195 Junior Washington

- The Huskies' best defensive prospect this past year. Baker can play both corner and safety. He is on the smaller size for a safety. Pass coverage is a plus asset. Possesses an center fielder mindset and will get to most balls thrown his way. Agility is excellent and can turn his hips on a dime. A first round talent. Elite athleticism.

4. Jamal Carter 6'1 218 Senior Miami

- Carter is one of the better safeties in the ACC. He's a big hitter that's ideally suited for playing in the box moreso than center field. While a powerful hitter, he's prone to getting called for targeting as a result. One particular call against him happened late against Florida State that proved to be a key turning point. The drills will be crucial for him.

5. Obi Melifonwu 6'4 224 Senior UCONN

- He's an athletic freak and is garnering buzz among the scouting world as one to watch in Indy. Will make fellow Husky alumni an ancient relic in terms of testing well. Ball skills are excellent.