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Defensive back prospects to watch on Day 4 of the NFL Combine

The 49ers did their due diligence at the 2017 combine and it seems to have worked out with the drafting of cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon; will there be opportunities for them to shore up the secondary once again?

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There is a lot of youth in the secondary for the 49ers - a trend that will most likely continue, albeit still supplemented with potential additions via free agency. There is obviously value, though, when it comes to scouting at the combine. San Francisco reaped the benefits of that hard work with the addition of players who contributed pretty heavily in their rookie years - Ahkello Witherspoon and Adrian Colbert, just to name a few.

Are there more prospects that could make significant contributions in Robert Saleh’s defense? We took a look at the top 5 players at defensive backs (plus some sleepers) and we will have several scouting reports leading up to the draft.

The obvious names to pay attention to - Denzel Ward, Josh Jackson, Minkah Fitzpatrick, and so on - have their work cut out for them as they look to solidify their positions near the top of every team’s draft board (at least in regards to defensive back). It’s some of the lesser-known names that will look to benefit from impressive combines.

Most of the NFL Combine takes place behind the scenes, mainly in the form of team interviews, medical examinations, psychological tests, etc. All of the on-field workouts will be televised on NFL Network.

2018 NFL Combine Day 4

Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
Time: 6 a.m. PT
TV: NFL Network
Online Streaming:
Day 3: Defensive Backs

Full list of participants:

Cornerback -

Jaire Alexander (Louisville), Anthony Averett (Alabama), Tony Brown (Alabama), Chris Campbell (Penn State), Andre Chachere (San Jose State), Carlton Davis (Auburn), Duke Dawson (Florida), Dee Delaney (Miami), Brandon Facyson (Virginia Tech), Rashard Fant (Indiana), Rashaan Gaulden (Tennessee), Grant Haley (Penn State), Davontae Harris (Illinois State), Holton Hill (Texas), Mike Hughes (Central Florida), Donte Jackson (LSU), J.C. Jackson (Maryland), Josh Jackson (Iowa), Danny Johnson (Southern), Taron Johnson (Weber State), Chris Jones (Nebraska), Michael Joseph (Dubuque), Kameron Kelly (San Diego State), Jamarcus King (South Carolina), Avonte Maddox (Pittsburgh), Tarvarus McFadden (Florida State), Quenton Meeks (Stanford), Kamrin Moore (Boston College), Nick Nelson (Wisconsin), Parry Nickerson (Tulane), Isaiah Oliver (Colorado), Darius Phillips (Western Michigan), D.J. Reed (Kansas State), M.J. Stewart (North Carolina), Greg Stroman (Virginia Tech), Chandon Sullivan (Georgia State), Jordan Thomas (Oklahoma), Henre’ Toliver (Arkansas), Kevin Toliver (LSU), D’Montre Wade (Murray State), Levi Wallace (Alabama), Denzel Ward (Ohio State), Isaac Yiadom (Boston College)

Safety -

Marcus Allen (Penn State), Troy Apke (Penn State), Jessie Bates (Wake Forest), Quin Blanding (Virginia), Sean Chandler (Temple), Dane Cruikshank (Arizona), Terrell Edmunds (Virginia Tech), Deshon Elliott (Texas), Tre Flowers (Oklahoma State), Marcela Harris (Florida), Ronnie Harrison (Alabama), Godwin Igwebuike (Northwestern), Natrell Jamerson (Wisconsin), Derwin James (Florida State), Joshua Kalu (Nebraska), Siran Neal (Jacksonville State), Max Redfield (Indiana [PA]), Justin Reid (Stanford), Stephen Roberts (Auburn), Domincik Sanders (Georgia), Van Smith (Clemson), Trey Walker (Louisiana-Lafayette), Aramni Watts (Texas A&M), Damon Webb (Ohio State), Kyzir White (West Virginia), Jordan Whitehead (Pittzburgh)