NFL Scouting Combine Live: Justin Gilbert Runs Official 4.37-Second 40-Yard Dash


nfl_combine_football-135:05 p.m.: The agility drill times finally are out for the defensive backs.

Top five three-cone for cornerbacks:

Terrance Mitchell: 6.57 seconds
Phillip Gaines: 6.62 seconds
Jason Verrett: 6.69 seconds
Rashaad Reynolds: 6.72 seconds
Bennett Jackson: 6.75 seconds

Top five short shuttle for cornerbacks:

Jackson: 4.00 seconds
Verrett: 4.00 seconds
Reynolds: 4.00 seconds
Mitchell: 4.00 seconds
Bradley Roby: 4.04 seconds
Gaines: 4.04 seconds

Top five three-cone for safeties:

Daniel Sorensen: 6.47 seconds
Brock Vereen: 6.90 seconds
Deone Bucannon: 6.96 seconds
Dion Bailey: 6.97 seconds
Tre Boston: 7.04 seconds
Jonathan Dowling: 7.04 seconds

Top five short shuttle for safeties:

Sorensen: 3.95 seconds
Vereen: 4.07 seconds
Bailey: 4.15 seconds
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: 4.16
Marqueston Huff: 4.19 seconds

2:07 p.m.: While we continue to wait on the agility drills for the defensive backs, let’s look a little closer at the safeties.

Only four safeties ran the 40-yard dash in under 4.5 seconds. Florida State’s Terrence Brooks ran a 4.42, Minnesota’s Brock Vereen a 4.47, Wyoming’s Marqueston Huff a 4.49 and Washington State’s Deone Bucannon a 4.49.

Vanderbilt’s Kenny Ladler (10-foot-7), Bucannon (10-foot-5), Utah State’s Mo Alexander (10-foot-3), Michigan State’s Isaiah Lewis (10-foot-2) and Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Florida State’s Terrence Brooks and LSU’s Craig Loston (all three at 9-foot-11) finished in the top five for broad jump among safeties.

Alexander, Brooks (38 inches), Lewis, Bucannon and Ladler (36.5) had the top five vertical jumps among safeties.

1:52 p.m.: Rich Eisen finally did it. The NFL Network host broke the six-second mark in the 40-yard dash, finishing in 5.98.

1:45 p.m.I’ll wait until the three-cone and short shuttle times have been posted to give my official winners and losers of the final day of the combine, but for now, Jason Verrett, Justin Gilbert, Keith McGill and Terrence Brooks all helped themselves.

Verrett and Gilbert ran well and looked great in drills. Verrett is on the shorter side, but Alfonzo Dennard has proven that shorter cornerbacks still can have success in the NFL.

McGill is 6-foot-3, 211 pounds, and he ran and jumped well. He’s a cornerback for now, but he could move back to safety in the NFL. He played safety in junior college.

Brooks is a shorter safety, but he ran well and moved well in positional drills. He could be a star in the agility drills. Those results aren’t out yet, however.

1:26 p.m.: The explosion numbers have been released for the defensive backs.

Top five broad jumps for defensive backs:

Pierre Desir: 11-foot-1
Keith McGill: 10-foot-9
Kyle Fuller: 10-foot-8
Stanley Jean-Baptiste: 10-foot-8
Bennett Jackson: 10-foot-8
Jason Verrett: 10-foot-8

Top five vertical jumps for defensive backs:

Jean-Baptiste: 41.5 inches
Bene Benwikere: 40.5
Verrett: 39
McGill: 39
Kendall James: 39

1:13 p.m.The official 40-yard dash times finally are out for the defensive backs. I’ll list them all here by time.

Justin Gilbert: 4.37 seconds
Phillip Gaines: 4.38
Jason Verrett: 4.38
Bradley Roby: 4.39
Brandon Dixon: 4.41
Jaylen Watkins: 4.41
Terrence Brooks: 4.42
Kendall James: 4.44
Jabari Price: 4.45
Dontae Johnson: 4.45
Brock Vereen: 4.47
Deone Bucannon: 4.49
Marqueston Huff: 4.49
Kyle Fuller: 4.49
Andre Hal: 4.50
Keith McGill: 4.51
Darqueze Dennard: 4.51
Bennett Jackson: 4.51
Rashaad Reynolds: 4.51
Jonathan Dowling: 4.52
Demetri Goodson: 4.52
Mo Alexander: 4.54
Jemea Thomas: 4.55
Lamarcus Joyner: 4.55
Ross Cockrell: 4.56
Ed Reynolds: 4.57
Calvin Pryor: 4.58
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: 4.58
Tre Boston: 4.59
Pierre Desir: 4.59
Antone Exum: 4.59
Isaiah Lewis: 4.60
Stanley Jean-Baptiste: 4.61
Ricardo Allen: 4.61
Loucheiz Purifoy: 4.61
Marcus Roberson: 4.61
Bashaud Breeland: 4.62
Lavelle Westbrooks: 4.63
Bene Benwikere: 4.63
Terrance Mitchell: 4.63
Ahmad Dixon: 4.64
Craig Loston: 4.65
Dion Bailey: 4.66
Daniel Sorensen: 4.67
Victor Hampton: 4.69
Kenny Ladler: 4.70
Nat Berhe: 4.71

12:50 p.m.A few more official 40-yard dash times are out. Jaylen Watkins, Sammy’s brother, ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash. Brandon Dixon ran a 4.41, Terrence Brooks ran a 4.42 and Kendall James ran a 4.44.

Brooks’ time of 4.42 for a safety is very impressive.

12:43 p.m.Brock Vereen, Shane’s brother, ran an official 4.47-second 40-yard dash.

Philip Gaines ran a 4.38.

12:37 p.m.Justin Gilbert ran the fastest 40-yard dash among defensive backs at 4.37 seconds.

Jason Verrett ran 4.38, Bradley Roby ran 4.39, and Calvin Pryor and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix officially ran 4.58. Darqueze Dennard didn’t quite hit the 4.4s. He ran a 4.51.

12:34 p.m.McGill had a vertical leap of 39 inches, according to Mayock. That’s insane for a 6-foot-3 corner. He could cover a 9-foot-6 receiver.

12:29 p.m.Keith McGill did a nice job staying low for such a big guy on the back pedal drill. He ran an unofficial 4.40-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot-3, 211 pounds. That definitely will turn some heads.

12:19 p.m.Every single 40-yard dash has been run in the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. Now we just have to wait on the official times for the defensive backs.

Jason Verrett, Brock Vereen and Keith McGill will be interesting players to watch in the positional drills. They have to prove they have the fluidity to match their speed.

12:17 p.m.The defensive backs’ first attempts at the 40-yard dash are over. We’ll track the second group now.

Kendall James, Maine: 4.42, 4.41

Stanley Jean-Baptiste: 4.53, 4.58

Dontae Johnson, N.C. State: 4.45, 4.43

Lamarcus Joyner, FSU: 4.53, 4.52

Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt: 4.75, 4.72

Nevin Lawson, Utah State: 4.52, 4.53

Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State: 4.56, 4.57

Craig Loston, LSU: 4.62, 4.59

Keith McGill, Utah: 4.47, 4.40

Terrance Mitchell, Oregon: 4.60, 4.61

Jabari Price, UNC: 4.49, 4.47

Calvin Pryor, Louisville: 4.62, 4.60

Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida: 4.55, 4.56

Ed Reynolds, Stanford: 4.64, 4.59

Rashaad Reynolds, Oregon State: 4.57, 4.55

Marcus Roberson, Florida: 4.66, 4.59

Bradley Roby, Ohio State: 4.40, 4.41

Daniel Sorensen, BYU: 4.72, 4.69

Jemea Thomas, Georgia Tech: 4.52, 4.55

Brock Vereen, Minnesota: 4.42, 4.43

Jason Verrett, TCU: 4.41, 4.41

Jaylen Watkins, Florida: 4.50, 4.44

Lavelle Westbrooks, Georgia Southern: 4.65, 4.66

12:01 p.m.The second group of defensive backs are up for the 40-yard dash. Let’s track the times.

Kendall James, Maine: 4.42

Stanley Jean-Baptiste: 4.53

Dontae Johnson, N.C. State: 4.45

Lamarcus Joyner, FSU: 4.53

Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt: 4.75

Nevin Lawson, Utah State: 4.52

Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State: 4.56

Craig Loston, LSU: 4.62

Keith McGill, Utah: 4.47

Terrance Mitchell, Oregon: 4.60

Jabari Price, UNC: 4.49

Calvin Pryor, Louisville: 4.62

Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida: 4.55

Ed Reynolds, Stanford: 4.64

Rashaad Reynolds, Oregon State: 4.57

Marcus Roberson, Florida: 4.66

Bradley Roby, Ohio State: 4.40

Daniel Sorensen, BYU: 4.72

Jemea Thomas, Georgia Tech: 4.52

Brock Vereen, Minnesota: 4.42

Jason Verrett, TCU: 4.41

Jaylen Watkins, Florida: 4.50

Lavelle Westbrooks, Georgia Southern: 4.65

11:33 a.m.Shane Vereen’s brother, Minnesota safety Brock Vereen, is set to run the 40-yard dash in this group. Florida Atlantic’s Keith Reaser is expected to run one of the top times of any player in the draft.

11:17 a.m.The first group of defensive backs are done with positional drills.

The second group, which includes Louisville safety Calvin Pryor and Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby, is set to run next. We’ll track all their 40-yard dash times here.

10:56 a.m.Mike Mayock said he projects Jonathan Dowling as a safety, which is interesting. He’s very slender for his long frame. He doesn’t have elite speed, but his size will have teams interested.

10:43 a.m.Kyle Fuller has had a rough day in drills. The Virginia Tech cornerback is staying too high and has flashed limited hip movement. Pierre Desir, Justin Gilbert and Terrence Brooks have been the most impressive.

10:34 a.m.Deion Sanders is a big fan of South Carolina’s Victor Hampton. Sanders keeps calling Hampton a “dog,” which is a good thing, by the way.

10:22 a.m.Lindenwood’s Pierre Desir is helping out his draft stock. He’s a big Seahawks-type cornerback. He’s not the fastest player out there, but he doesn’t need to be.

Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert and Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix also are having strong days.

10:18 a.m.Deion Sanders is really good during these positional drills. He always knows what to look for, what’s important and what’s not.

This is a solid group of defensive backs, but a few of them could get overdrafted with teams looking for the next prototypical Seahawks cornerback.

10:08 a.m.None of the cornerbacks looked amazing in the “backpedal and turn” drill. I appreciate all the time NFL Network dedicates to the defensive back drills.

10:04 a.m.Florida State safety Terrence Brooks has been impressive today. He ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash, and he’s playing like a cornerback in drills.

Deion Sanders said Dennard’s turns have been “questionable” in positional drills.

9:57 a.m.: Darqueze Dennard just looked great in his positional drills. He’s going to be a good one.

9:51 a.m.The first group of defensive backs are done running. Now it’s time to the on-field drills.

Dennard, Fuller and Gilbert all solidified their spots at the top of this year’s cornerback group. Dennard wasn’t supposed to run as fast as he did. He has better size and speed than his cousin, Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard.

Among the safeties, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix impressed with a 4.50-second 40-yard dash, too.

The positional drills can be telling for the cornerbacks and safeties. I’ll be watching closely.

9:49 a.m.The defensive backs are starting their second runs. We’ll track them here.

Mo Alexander, Utah State: 4.44, 4.57

Ricardo Allen, Purdue: 4.53, 4.53

Dion Bailey, USC: 4.69, 4.68

Bene Benwikere, San Jose: 4.63, 4.60

Nat Berhe, San Diego State: 4.59, 4.70

Tre Boston, UNC: 4.62, 4.53

Bashaud Breeland, Clemson: 4.59, 4.53

Terrence Brooks, FSU: 4.41, 4.43

Deone Buchanan, Washington State: 4.50, 4.50

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama: 4.52, 4.50

Ross Cockrell, Duke: 4.43, 4.50

Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State: 4.42, 4.46

Pierre Desir, Lindenwood: 4.52, 4,53

Brandon Dixon, Northwest Missouri State: 4.41, 4.41

Ahmad Dixon, Baylor: 4.56, 4.54

Jonathan Dowling, Western Kentucky: 4.50, 4.50

Antone Exum, Virginia Tech: 4.51, 4.50

Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech: 4.40, 4.40

Phillip Gaines, Rice: 4.34, 4.34

Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State: 4.35, 4.38

Demetri Goodson, Baylor: 4.44, 4.48

Andre Hal, Vanderbilt: 4.40, 4.50

Victor Hampton, South Carolina: 4.62, 4.50

Maqrqueston Huff, Wyoming: 4.47, 4.47

Bennett Jackson, Notre Dame: 4.46, 4.47

9:28 a.m.: The defensive backs have started running the 40-yard dash. We’ll track all the times here.

Mo Alexander, Utah State: 4.44

Ricardo Allen, Purdue: 4.53

Dion Bailey, USC: 4.69

Bene Benwikere, San Jose: 4.63

Nat Berhe, San Diego State: 4.59

Tre Boston, UNC: 4.62

Bashaud Breeland, Clemson: 4.59

Terrence Brooks, FSU: 4.41

Deone Buchanan, Washington State: 4.50

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama: 4.52

Mike Mayock said Clinton-Dix could play cornerback or safety.

Ross Cockrell, Duke: 4.43

Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State: 4.42

That’s slightly unexpected. He wasn’t supposed to have elite speed.

Pierre Desir, Lindhurst: 4.52

Brandon Dixon, Northwest Missouri State: 4.41

Ahmad Dixon, Baylor: 4.56

Jonathan Dowling, Western Kentucky: 4.50

Antone Exum, Virginia Tech: 4.51

Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech: 4.40

That’s the new best time.

Phillip Gaines, Rice: 4.34

Now that’s the best time. Gilbert could top Gaines.

Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State: 4.35


Demetri Goodson, Baylor: 4.44

Andre Hal, Vanderbilt: 4.40

Victor Hampton, South Carolina: 4.62

Maqrqueston Huff, Wyoming: 4.47

Bennett Jackson, Notre Dame: 4.46

8 a.m. ET: The sixth and final day of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine finally has arrived.

The cornerbacks and safeties are set to work out Tuesday, then the city of Indianapolis will get much emptier. There’s not as much star power as there was on Sunday and Monday, but since this is such a deep NFL draft class, there should be plenty of solid performances at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard and Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert are among the top cornerbacks. Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Louisville’s Calvin Pryor are the No. 1- and No. 2-ranked safeties in the class.

We’ll track all the 40-yard dash times and the top agility and jump drills. Gilbert is expected to shine in the speed and agility drills.

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