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.