First-round clock could go four corners

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on February 28, 2012 – 4:02 pm

As the smoke cleared from the NFL Scouting Combine’s final workout Tuesday, the Bengals may have two more cornerbacks added to their list of players for consideration at No. 17 or 21.

Central Florida’s Josh Robinson, projected early in the process as a third-rounder by some, lit up his 40-yard dash time in Indianapolis with 4.33 seconds and South Carolina’s Stephon Gilmore ran 4.40 in a bid to break out of his late-first, early-second box. But Nebraska’s Alfonzo Dennard didn’t help himself with a 4.55.

LSU’s Morris Claiborne (4.50) and Alabama’s Dre Kirkpatrick (4.51) solidified themselves as the draft’s two top corners that probably won’t be there when the Bengals pick. But one AFC scout says the times offered by Robinson and Gilmore now give the league four possible first-round corners.

The knocks on the 5-10, 195-pound Robinson are that he’s got a small frame and didn’t go against a lot of big-time competition at Central Florida. But the pluses are he played well against Bengals Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green as a sophomore and he can also return punts.

“I think he gets another look now,” the scout said. “Now you have to go back and look at his game tape and look at him at his pro day. And Gilmore helped himself in a big way. It’s the same thing. This will get them more scrutiny. Gilmore has got really good size.”

Good enough at 6-0, 190 pounds that Gilmore is being talked about eventually moving to safety, but the fast 40 time figures to keep his first-round corner hopes alive. North Alabama’s Janoris Jenkins looks to be in his own class. Tuesday’s 4.46 reaffirmed his physical gifts, but his off-field problems could take him out of first-round consideration.

“Jenkins is the classic gamble,” the scout said. “High risk, high reward.”

Alabama’s Mark Barron didn’t run Tuesday, but he’s the lock No. 1 safety. Notre Dame’s Harrison Smith tore off a 4.57 and the scout says, “That will put him in the discussion in the first round.” But in all probability he won’t grade high enough for the Bengals to take a safety that’s not Barron in the first round.

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3 Responses to “First-round clock could go four corners”

  1. By Amarillo Slim on Feb 29, 2012 | Reply

    Claiborne is top 5 pick. Kirkpatrick might be worth selection in the 15 – 20 range. All the others are reaches . My fingers are crossed that Marvin goes with best available and has Jenkins scratched from his board.

  2. By bengalsallthewaybaby on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    if kirkpatrick is there at 17 we take him then decastro glenn or konz if kirkpatrick is not there then mark barron rb will be there in 2nd rnd 3rd rnd wr 4th DT 2 5th rndrs LB and another OL 6th DT 7th another DL

  3. By bengalsallthewaybaby on Mar 5, 2012 | Reply

    one reason i say mark barron is we have brandon ghee i think hes will be a solid # 2 solid #2 WR Shipley if hes healthy hawkins as the slot let scott and lamicheal james fight for it in preaseason gresham will be better this yr dalton and green will better this yr we have cook at center whit at LT and the most underrated lineman in the lg a new G in there from 1st rnd the livings then smith/boling theres ur offense there pressley will be fb on to defense dunlap atkins peko and johnson rivers REY and howard at LB hall ghee jones at CB barron crocker/mays

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