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2023 NFL Scouting Combine - CB Positional Analysis


(Christian Gonzalez / CB / Oregon)


2023 NFL Scouting Combine Positional Analysis


Cornerbacks


High Risers


Christian Gonzalez / Oregon

6013 /197 / 32” arms / 76.7” Wingspan

Gonzalez recently ascended to the top of the SNS CB rankings and the Ducks’ performance in Indy only solidified his standing. Physically, Gonzalez looks like how you would draw a CB – with great length, long strides, quickness, and burst. And his field performance only strengthened this assessment. Gonzalez recorded a 4.38 40, a 41.5” vertical jump and a 11’1” broad jump – indicative of tremendous explosiveness and leaping ability. Gonzalez was low in his back pedal during drills and turned easily and fluidly. Just a fantastic athlete who is likely to be selected in the top 15 of April’s draft.


DJ Turner / Michigan

5110 / 178 / 30.6” arms

Turner did not participate in any on field drills at the combine. Then again, if you can run a 4.26 40 (one of the five fastest times ever recorded at the combine!), there’s not much more you need to show. Add in a 38.5” vertical jump, and what you have here is a very rare and special athlete. Nobody made more money this week in Indianapolis than Turner.

Deonte Banks / Maryland

6000 / 197 / 31.3” arms

Deonte Banks came into Indianapolis this past week on the cusp of first round draft consideration. After his performance, Banks is going to receive an invitation to the NFL’s Green Room in KC in April. Banks ran a 4.35 40, 42” vertical, and a 11’4” broad jump. When you place these numbers into context, it quickly becomes clear that Banks is a first round CB. He should hear his name called sometime on night 1 in April.

What? Guess I Need to Watch More Film…

Cameron Mitchell / Northwestern

5110 / 191 / 31.3” arms

In a draft deep in talented, long corners and corners with slot coverage abilities, Mitchell fits neither category. Mitchell is a traditional CB in terms of size and playing style. However, he tested extremely well and moved even better displaying a very low back pedal and fluid hips. From a testing standard, Mitchell acquitted himself quite well recording a 4.47 40 and a 35” vertical jump. Scouts will need to take another look at the experienced, Northwestern Wildcat defensive back.


(Cameron Mitchell / CB / Northwestern)


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