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Notable performances from Monday’s NFL Combine workouts

Alabama defensive back Landon Collins ran a drill Monday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
Alabama defensive back Landon Collins ran a drill Monday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. The Associated Press

Defensive backs underwent testing during the fifth day of the NFL Combine on Monday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Here are five notable performances:

▪ S Landon Collins, Alabama: Collins has linebacker size (6 feet and 228 pounds) and spent most of his time at Alabama as a box safety, but his 40-yard dash time of 4.53 is going to help his cause. If teams believe he can play in a two-deep scheme and hold his own in coverage, he's got a chance to go in the first round, despite the fact he plays a position that has been de-emphasized in recent years.

▪ CB LaDarius Gunter, Miami (Fla.): His 40-yard dash time of 4.69 won't help his cause to go in the second round, but Gunter sports elite size — 6 feet 1 and 205 pounds — and opened some eyes with his cover ability at the Senior Bowl in January. He has experience in off coverage and also has the length to develop into a good press corner. He could be an intriguing second- or third-round pick.

▪ CB Byron Jones, Connecticut: Jones is a big corner at 6 feet 1 and 199 pounds, and he killed multiple tests Monday, including the vertical jump, broad jump and 60-yard shuttle, all tests in which he posted the best marks among players at his position. Interestingly enough, he did not run the 40-yard dash. He missed the last two months of the season after tearing the labrum in his shoulder. Jones is projected to go in the seventh round, according to CBSSports.com.

▪ CB Trae Waynes, Michigan State: Waynes, who checked in at 6 feet and 186 pounds, is in the mix as the draft's top cornerback prospect, and his blistering 40-yard dash time of 4.31 will only help his case. He may not play to that speed, but it was important to see that he does have good athleticism.

▪ CB P.J. Williams, Florida State: His 40-yard dash time of 4.57 40-yard dash won't wow anybody, but at 6 feet, 194 pounds, he has very similar size to the Chiefs' third-round pick in 2014, Phillip Gaines. Williams also has quick hips and is battle-tested, and should be able to play both outside and vs. the slot. That makes him a good option with the No. 18 pick.

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