At the defensive back position, there was no shortage of talent at the Under Armour/Scout.com Combine Saturday in New Orleans. Here is a quick look at a few of the athletes who caught some attention…
Antonio Parker – Parker (5-11, 160) wowed those on hand with his exceptional breaks on the ball and fluid hip movement. Rarely was a ball caught while he was defending. He was by far the best cover corner at the combine with a pure “lock-down” mentality. His only down fall is speed (4.72 in the 40-yard). With some speed training to drop his forty time, look for Parker to be one of major force on the Division I level.
Coach Don Cox: “He (Parker) is one of those rare and pure lockdown corners who is under the radar. He has everything needed to be a legit SEC defensive back if he just works on fundamentals a little harder. He has the hips, the great feet, he has explosion to the ball, but I love his swagger more than anything.”
Calvin Jones – Jones is another Mississippi prospect out of Petal High School who has plenty of raw talent. He displayed a lot of aggressiveness, so much that that he could play may be able to play the corner or safety position on the next level, mainly because of his upper body size. Jones plays very smart on the field and made quick reads.
Asian Ruff – This Mississippi defender really turned it on late in the day. When the squad broke out into 1-on-1 and 7-on-7, Ruff was making plays when it counted. He is another raw athlete who needs to work on a few fundamentals. He is one to keep an eye on.
Andre Hall – The Port Allen (LA) showed a lot skills in breaking on the ball. The key to his success on the day was his ability to get position against receiver to put himself in position to make a play on the ball. Hall does need to bulk up a bit and work on minor techniques, but aside from this, he is a player.
Prentiss Jackson – At first sight, one may wonder why he made this list at all. But Jackson plays much bigger than his size. Standing at about 5-foot-6, Jackson made plays that many others just didn’t. His aggressiveness to the ball and quick feet made him stand out amongst the group of other defenders.
Side note: Jackson worked on the receiver end about halfway through the combine and excelled there also.