Projecting The NFL Scouting Combine: Defensive Backs

LSU Tigers cornerback Greedy Williams (29) breaks up a pass intended for Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) during the third quarter at Tiger Stadium.Photo: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Ric Serritella

Welcome to's "Projecting The Combine" series, which features predictions at each position for who will be invited to Indianapolis for the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. Next up is defensive backs. Over the past five years, the Combine has averaged 61 defensive back invites (50 defensive backs drafted per year).

In 2018, the Combine featured 70 defensive backs invited to Indianapolis, including 46 who were selected in last year’s draft, including 30 cornerbacks. In fact, there have been exactly 30 corners selected in each of the past three drafts.

Below is a breakdown of combine invites and the number of defensive backs drafted over the past five years. By taking the average number, we try to predict the defensive back invites for the 2019 Combine with their projected draft grade in parenthesis.:

Defensive Backs invited To NFL Combine

2018: 70

2017: 61

2016: 59

2015: 54

2014: 59

Selected In NFL Draft

2018: 30-16

2017: 30-26

2016: 30-21

2015: 35-11

2014: 44-9

2019 NFL Scouting Combine Prediction: Defensive Backs

The Top 5

  1. Greedy Williams, CB, LSU (Day 1) – The complete package, Greedy is lengthy corner who’s also speedy—he has reportedly been timed in the 4.2-range per reports and does a phenomenal job locating the football.

  2. DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia (Day 1) – Blessed with excellent size, tremendous change of direction capability and extremely quick makeup speed, Baker possesses all the traits of a top cornerback.

  3. Deionte Thompson, FS, Alabama (Day 1) – When you talk about the prototypical safety in terms of size, speed, athleticism and physicality, Thompson checks off all the boxes; his range and ball skills are elite.

  4. Byron Murphy, CB, Washington (Day 1) – A versatile corner, Murphy has shown the ability to play press man coverage, utilizing his exceptional closing speed and also has lined up in the nickel.

  5. Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson (Day 1) – A long, quick corner, Mullen is a great athlete with a true nose for the football and possesses great recovery speed, which allows him to play one-on-one man coverage with just about anyone.

The Rest


  1. Kris Boyd, Texas (Day 2)

  2. Julian Love, Notre Dame (Day 2)

  3. Amani Oruwariye, Penn State (Day 2)

  4. Jamel Dean, Auburn (Day 2)

  5. David Long, Michigan (Day 2)

  6. Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt (Day 2)

  7. Michael Jackson, Miami (Day 2)

  8. Corey Ballentine Washburn (Day 2)

  9. Derrick Baity, Kentucky (Day 2)

  10. Ken Webster, Mississippi (Day 2)

  11. Saivion Smith, Alabama (Day 3)

  12. Isaiah Johnson, Houston (Day 3)

  13. Lionel Johnson, Kentucky (Day 3)

  14. Rock Ya-Sin, Temple (Day 3)

  15. Jamal Peters, Mississippi State (Day 3)

  16. Iman Marshall, USC (Day 3)

  17. Jordan Brown, South Dakota State (Day 3)

  18. Jordan Miller, Washington (Day 3)

  19. Sean Bunting, Central Michigan (Day 3)

  20. Justin Layne, Michigan State (Day 3)

  21. Blace Brown, Troy (Day 3)

  22. Blessuan Austin, Rutgers (Day 3)

  23. Montre Hartage, Northwestern (Day 3)

  24. Hamp Cheevers, Boston College (Day 3)

  25. Alijah Holder, Stanford (Day 3)

  26. Rashad Fenton, South Carolina (UDFA)

  27. Xavier Crawford, Central Michigan (UDFA)

  28. Clifton Duck, Appalachian State (UDFA)

  29. Ryan Pulley, Arkansas (UDFA)

  30. Davante Davis, Texas (UDFA)

  31. Derek Thomas, Baylor (UDFA)


  1. Jonathan Abram, Mississippi State (Day 2)

  2. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida (Day 2)

  3. Jaquan Johnson, Miami (Day 2)

  4. Nasir Adderley, Delaware (Day 2)

  5. Taylor Rapp, Washington (Day 2)

  6. Juan Thornhill, Virginia (Day 2)

  7. Amani Hooker, Iowa (Day 2)

  8. Darnell Savage, Maryland (Day 2)

  9. Marvell Tell, USC (Day 3)

  10. Lukas Denis, Boston College (Day 3)

  11. Sheldrick Redwine, Miami (Day 3)

  12. Mike Edwards, Kentucky (Day 3)

  13. Will Harris, Boston College (Day 3)

  14. Donovan Wilson, Texas A&M (Day 3)

  15. Andrew Wingard, Wyoming (Day 3)

  16. Marquise Blair, Utah (Day 3)

  17. Saquan Hampton, Rutgers (Day 3)

  18. Khari Willis, Michigan State (UDFA)

  19. Evan Worthington, Colorado (UDFA)

  20. Darius West, Kentucky (UDFA)

  21. Ugo Amadi, Oregon (UDFA)

  22. Zedrick Woods, Mississippi (UDFA)

  23. Mark McLaurin, Mississippi State (UDFA)

  24. Mike Bell, Fresno State (UDFA)

  25. D’Cota Dixon, Wisconsin (UDFA)

2019 NFL Combine Projections:

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