2018 Scouting Combine Day 4: Denzel Ward Blazes


By: PPIDraftPro


The final day of testing saw the defensive backs take the field. We take a look at those workouts who stood out and some of the major news of the day.



When Weber State cornerback Taron Johnson started in their version of the gauntlet he looked the wrong early and when he turned his head he was hit by a ball before he could adjust. We hope he did not suffer any injury from it.





Louisville CB Jaire Alexander, Alabama CB Anthony Averett, Miami CB Dee Delaney, Tennessee Rashaan Gaulden, Penn State CB Grant Haley, Illinois State CB Davontae Harris, Texas CB Holton Hill, UCF CB Mike Hughes, Iowa CB Josh Jackson, Weber State CB taron Johnson, Penn State S Troy Apke, Stanford S Justin Reid, Jacksonville State S Siran Neal, and San Diego State S Kam Kelly did not do the 60 shuttle by choice.


Penn State CB Chris Campbell has a hamstring injury so he did not do anything except for bench press.


Auburn CB Carlton Davis did not do anything shuttles or 3-cone by choice.


VT CB Brandon Facyson did not do jumps, shuttles, or 3-cone due to cramps.


Indiana CB Rashard Fant suffered a pec injury during bench so he did not test.


LSU CB Donte Jackson suffered from cramping and skipped the vertical. He did not do shuttles or 3-cone by choice.


Southern CB Danny Johnson chose not to do shuttles or 3-cone.


Nebraska CB Chris Jones has a bilateral calf strain so he did not do jumps, shuttles, or 3-cone.


Dubuque CB Michael Joseph did not do broad jump due to bilateral calf strain or 40 by choice.


South Carolina CB JaMarcus King did not bench due to choice. He only ran one 40-yard dash and skipped the rest due to right hip flexor injury on first run.


FSU CB Tarvarus McFadden did not do shuttles or 3-cone by choice and skipped the bench due to recovering from shoulder injury.


Boston College CB Kam Moore did not do anything due to left shoulder.


Wisconsin CB Nick Nelson did not do vertical, shuttles, or 3-cone by choice.


Tulane CB Parry Nickerson suffered a left ham pull on first run and missed rest of the testing.
Colorado CB Isaiah Oliver dislocated his finger during skill drills and skipped the jumps, shuttles, and 3-cone.


Western Michigan CB Darius Phillips was still recovering from a wrist fracture and did not bench press. His knee tightened during first 40 and skipped the rest of the testing.


Kansas State CB DJ Reed did not do broad jump due to tight left hip. He skipped shuttles and 3-cone by choice.


Georgia State CB Chandon Sullivan did not do 60 shuttle or 3-cone by choice.


LSU CB Kevin Toliver did not do anything except for bench and jumps by choice.


Murray State CB D’Montre Wade did not do 60 shuttle or 3-cone by choice.


Alabama CB Levi Wallace was limited due to a shoulder sprain and right heel injury.


Ohio State CB Denzel Ward did not do shuttles, skill drills, or 3-cone by choice.


Boston College CB Isaac Yiadom did not do vertical, 60, or 3-cone by choice.


Penn State S Marcus Allen did not do 40, 60, or 3-cone by choice.


Wake Forest S Jessie Bates did not bench by choice.


Arizona S Quin Blanding did not bench by choice and pulled his hamstring on second 40 so he did not do the shuttles, 3-cone, or skill drills.


Nebraska S Josh Kalu had a tight hip so no shuttles.


Texas S Deshon Elliott did not do shuttles or 3-coen due to right hamstring injury.


Temple S Sean Chandler did not do 60 shuttle or 3-cone by choice.


VT S Terrell Edmunds is recovering from labrum injury so he did not bench and he cramped on second 40.


Oklahoma State S Tre Flowers did not do shuttles or 3-cone due to back injury.


Florida State S Derwin James did not do shuttles or 3-cone by choice. He was asked to do linebacker drills as well.


Auburn S Stephen Roberts did not bench due to right shoulder injury.


Florida S Marcell Harris suffered a left hamstring injury so no shuttles or 3-cone.


Georgia S Dominick Sanders did not do anything after the bench press due to left groin injury.


Ohio State S Damon Webb did not do shuttles or 3-cone due to right ham strain.


Pittsburgh S Jordan Whitehead did not do jumps, run, shuttles, or 3-cone due to right hamstring strain.






Below are those who helped and hurt themselves.






The surprise of the day was Penn State safety Troy Apke who Deion Sanders even mentioned the fact he was white surprised him. He measured 6012, 200 pounds and put on a show with great shuttles, jumps, and speed. He ran a 4.34 40, did 16 bench reps, a 41 inch vertical, 6.56 3-cone, 4.03 short shuttle, and a 10’11 broad jump. Apke has impressed this postseason between this and a MVP performance at the NFLPA Bowl where he now may go as high as the late 4th or 5th round.



Edmunds measured 6004, 217 pounds and did very well in the select drills he took part in. He ran a 4.47 40, a 41 ½ inch vertical, and 11’2 broad jump. He could go as high as the second round.



James put on a show in the jumps and looked very good overall. After measured 6016, 215 pounds he ran a 4.47 40, did 21 reps, had a 40 inch vertical, and 11’0 broad jump. He looked good in the drills and should be the first safety selected.



The former Buckeye turned on the jets with a 4.32-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine on Monday. He should be the first cornerback taken after posting that blazing time with 16 bench reps, a 39 inch vertical, and 136 inch broad jump.







At 5104, 205 pounds Chandler struggled to post good times for his size with the worst short shuttle (4.62) and a bad 40-yard dash (4.65). He only had a 119 inch broad jump and 34 ½ inch vertical. We doubt the once likely mid round pick is selected now.



After an up and down performance in Mobile, King needed a strong performance here but at 6004, 182 pounds he ran a 4.7 40 and did not look good in position drills. We doubt he gets drafted despite having the length and height teams covet.



The former Notre Dame product had a down season in 2017 and was snubbed by all-star games so he needed a good performance. At 6’1, 199 pounds he ran a 4.69 40 and did not look very good in position drills. If drafted, we doubt he would be selected before the 210-225 range and it would not surprise us if he is passed up in the 2018 NFL Draft’s seven rounds.



We were surprised Smith was invited to the event and his 4.61 40 along with a 29 ½ inch vertical verified that. We don’t see him getting drafted after a poor junior season where he got benched and now has posted poor results in the limited testing he did at the Combine.



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