Jeff Okudah entered the final day of the 2020 NFL combine as the clear No. 1 cornerback prospect heading into the draft. All weekend there has been a buzz around Okudah about his draft status.
Okudah, who was unable to complete his on-field work after getting hurt during a drill was just more chatter to talk about on the last day of the combine a day. Below are the day’s top 40 times of DBs and safeties from Indianapolis.
Notable official 40-yard dash times
CB Javelin Guidry: 4.29
CB Javaris Davis: 4.39
CB C.J. Henderson: 4.39
CB Troy Pride: 4.40
CB Josiah Scott: 4.42
CB A.J. Terrell: 4.42
CB Reggie Robinson II: 4.44
CB Kindle Vildor: 4.44
CB Michael Ojemudia: 4.45
S L’Jarius Snead: 4.37
S Tanner Muse: 4.41
S Jeremy Chinn: 4.45
S Antoine Winfield Jr. : 4.45
S Terrell Burgess: 4.46
S Kyle Dugger: 4.49
S Daniel Thomas 4.51
Okudah’ participate in on-field drills
After running times of 4.48 and 4.50 in the 40-yard dash, Okudah took part in several on-field drills before suffering his injury trying to make a catch. After trying to continue on-field drills, After assessing he decided to shut it down. Okudah did come back to post a position-best 41-inch vertical jump along with an 11 foot, 3-inch broad jump. And while his on-field work was cut short, Okudah displayed impressive footwork which is why he is one of the top draft picks coming of the board in the early rounds.
Other standouts on Sunday
Minnesota safety Antoine Winfield Jr., the son of former Ohio State and NFL corner Antoine Winfield had a great day of on-field work that should help improve his stock in the draft. Winfield intercepted seven passes during his final season at Minnesota.
Clemson’s Tanner Muse improved his draft stock following Sunday’s performance in the 40 along with his strong on-field work. Before the combine, Muse was projected as the 31st best safety in the draft by CBS Sports. Jeremy Chinn, a 6-foot-3, 221-pound safety from Southern Illinois, also had a stellar day entered the week ranked as the 11th best safety in the draft.
Auburn corner Javaris Davis had a notable day, both in the 40 as well as his on the field work. Kindle Vildor, a cornerback from Georgia Southern, also displayed a solid day increasing his odds at hearing his name called early in April’s draft.
Xavier McKinney’s day also cut short
McKinney, the top-ranked safety in this year’s draft injured himself running his 40. McKinney did not run a second 40 and did not participate in on-field drills at all. Trevon Diggs the third-ranked cornerback in the draft and McKinney’s teammate at Bama, participated in on-field drills and opted out on the 40.
Defensive Backs were flying
A day after we saw 10 linebackers run 4.6s in the 40 (led by Isaiah Simmons’ 4.39), 14 defensive backs broke the 4.5 barrier on Sunday evening. Three players — cornerback Javelin Guidry, Louisiana Tech safety L’Jarius Snead, and Auburn cornerback Javarius Davis — ran a 4.0. Leading the pack was Guidry, whose 4.29 on Sunday was the second-fastest time recorded during this year’s NFL combine, with Alabama receiver Henry Ruggs’ 4.27 40 time as the week’s fastest time.