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NFL Combine Top-10: Purdue's Brown Among Fastest DBs

Cornerback is potentially a need for the Colts in the 2016 draft. Who were the fastest at the Combine?

INDIANAPOLIS --- The 2016 NFL Combine wrapped up Monday with defensive backs hitting the field, with five of the seven fastest 40-yard-dash times coming from the secondary.

Georgia running back Keith Marshall (at 219 pounds!!) had the fastest 40 at this year's Combine, clocking a 4.31. Notre Dame wide receiver Will Fuller was one-hundredth of a second slower at 4.32.

Five defensive backs followed, making up the top half of the top-10 on Monday:

2016 NFL Combine 40-Yard-Dash: Defensive Backs

Jonathan Jones (Auburn) - 4.33

T.J. Green (Clemson) - 4.34

Anthony Brown (Purdue) - 4.35

    t4.   William Jackson III (Houston) - 4.37

    t4.   Brandon Williams (Texas A&M) - 4.37

     6.   Kevon Seymour (USC) - 4.39

     7.   Eli Apple (Ohio St.) - 4.40

     8.   Jalen Ramsey (Florida St.) - 4.41

     9.   Ken Crawley (Colorado) - 4.43

    t10. Sean Davis (Maryland), Tavon Young (Temple),

           Artie Burns (Miami), Tyvis Powell (Ohio St.) - 4.46



Purdue's Anthony Brown was the only Boilermaker invited to the NFL Combine. He's strong too, evidenced by him also coming in 3rd among DBs in the bench press, lifting 225 pounds 19 times. NFL.com Draft Analyst Lance Zierlein believes the cornerback will appeal to teams that play more zone defense than teams that play man coverage more often, because tape shows good field vision.


Brown will have to prove he's much better individually than the 89th ranked passing defense he was a part of in college football last season.


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