View NFL Scouting Combine drills with defensive backs on Monday.
The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine is in the books.
Cornerbacks and safeties closed out the annual event by participating in on-field timing and testing drills to show their athleticism to talent evaluators from all 32 NFL teams.
Here are 10 top tweets from Day 6:
Juan was one away
Virginia safety Juan Thornhill set a new record among safeties with a 44-inch vertical jump. His performance is tied for fourth-best among any group in combine history and was 1-inch shy of the overall combine record of Donald Washington (2009) and Chris Conley (2015).
Been there, dunked that
The Athletic’s Dane Brugler pointed out that Thornhill has put his leaping ability to use on the hardwood.
Mississippi safety Zedrick Woods clocked the fastest time of any player at this year’s combine. ESPN put the time in perspective.
Kudos from King
NFL Combine co-host Rich Eisen has turned an affable moment into an inspirational annual tradition. Eisen helps close the combine by running the 40-yard dash in his suit and tie as a fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. He has received financial support and words of encouragement from NFL personnel and fellow media members over the years.
NFL Network had fun putting together a compilation of players overtaking Eisen, despite head starts for the broadcaster.
Not getting Greedy
Cramps cut the combine short for LSU’s Greedy Williams, who was ranked as the top cornerback in pre-combine rankings by NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks. Williams said he’ll be ready to go by the Tigers Pro Day later this month.
Before on-field positional drills, Saints defensive assistant Peter Giunta gave the defensive backs group a pep talk in which he paid homage to Hall of Famer Emmitt Thomas, who recorded 58 interceptions with the Chiefs. Thomas, who was defensive coordinator of the Vikings from 2000-01, recently retired from coaching after nine seasons as Kansas City’s defensive backs coach.
Faces of the 40
The NFL official account gave fans a chance to pick their favorite facial expression out of 80 different people who ran the 40 this year.
NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah, who co-hosted with Eisen, earned the right to be succinct with his final tweet of the combine. Jeremiah put in extensive work to study prospects and delivered in his first season in the saddle that was formerly held by Mike Mayock, now general manager of the Raiders.
Next on the agenda
The end of the combine means that attention will turn to the free agency frenzy. Teams may begin contract negotiations with agents of prospective free agents next Monday. Free agency is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. (CT) on March 13.