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2024 NFL Scouting Combine: Standouts from defensive back and tight end drills

Toledo’s Quinyon Mitchell: The junior is making his case to be CB1 in the 2024 NFL Draft with a 4.33-second 40-yard dash.

Texas Tech’s Tyler Owens: The safety’s 12-foot-2 broad jump was one inch off the world record.

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Friday marked the second day of on-field testing for the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine, as the defensive backs and tight ends showcased their athletic abilities. Here are some of the top performers from those groups.

CB Quinyon Mitchell, Toledo

The top of the cornerback class in the 2024 NFL Draft is wide open with a few vying for CB1 status. Mitchell is firmly in that mix and has had quite easily the best pre-draft process of all of them. After dominating at the Senior Bowl, the junior ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash at 6-feet, 195 pounds. That time is in the 95th percentile for corners. Mitchell was PFF’s highest-graded cornerback in each of the last two seasons and could hear his name called within the first 15 picks of the draft with how dominant he’s been in the last month.

CB Nate Wiggins, Clemson

Wiggins is also one of the top candidates to be the first corner off the board in April and only furthered his case to be CB1 with a strong showing in Indianapolis. His 4.28-second 40-yard dash is the fastest of any prospect so far this year. Wiggins was also in the 80th percentile for cornerbacks with a 10-foot-7 broad jump. He, unfortunately, suffered a hip flexor strain while running the 40-yard dash, which prematurely ended his workout. Wiggins also came in lighter than expected at 173 pounds, which was already his biggest concern listed in PFF’s 2024 NFL Draft Guide. Even so, he’s an elite athlete who can end up being a top-15 pick.

CB Jarrian Jones, Florida State 

Jones was one of the underrated stars on Florida State’s defense this year, posting a 90.1 PFF grade that was fifth among all cornerbacks in the country. The Seminoles’ slot corner was also one of the combine’s biggest stars with a 4.38-second 40-yard dash, 39.5-inch vertical and 10-foot-9 broad jump. All of those figures are in the 85th percentile or better for cornerbacks. This performance in Indianapolis combined with his elite 2023 tape should have Jones selected somewhere on Day 2.

TE Theo Johnson, Penn State 

Johnson had one of the greatest performances ever by a tight end at the combine. He has great size for the position, measuring at 6-foot-6 and 259 pounds. Johnson still tested as an elite player with those dimensions, as his 4.57-second 40-yard dash is in the 90th percentile for tight ends. His 1.55-second 10-yard split was in the 93rd percentile and was the same number that Kyle Pitts posted. Johnson also showed off elite explosiveness with a 39.5-inch vertical and a 10-foot-5 broad jump. The broad was in the 93rd percentile for tight ends while the vertical was all the way in the 97th percentile. Expect Johnson to come off the board early on Day 3 after this showing. 

S Tyler Owens, Texas Tech

Owens was already one of the combine’s early standouts during his podium session, revealing that he doesn’t believe in outer space or other planets. He may doubt astronomy, but he’s an alien. He posted a 12-foot-2 broad jump. That’s not just the second-best mark in combine history, it’s one inch off the world record set by Byron Jones in 2015. His 41-inch vertical was in the 95th percentile for safeties as well. Owens did all of that while still having well above-average size at 6-foot-2 and 216 pounds. He unfortunately got hurt during his 40-yard dash attempt, so we’ll have to wait for his Pro Day to see if he can post more ridiculous numbers. Once seen as a seventh-round prospect, Owens could be moving up boards after this week in Indianapolis.

Other notable standouts

CB Cam Hart, Notre Dame 
  • 39.5-inch vertical and 10-foot-10 broad jump at 6-foot-3, 202 pounds.
CB Max Melton, Rutgers 
  • 11-foot-4 broad jump, 40.5-inch vertical and 4.39-second 40-yard dash.
S Ryan Watts, Texas 
  • 40.5-inch vertical  and 10-foot-5 broad jump.
CB Decamerion Richardson, Mississippi State 
  • 4.34-second 40-yard dash and 10-foot-8 broad jump.
TE Devin Culp, Washington
  • 4.47-second 40-yard dash.
TE Tip Reiman, Illinois 
  • 1.55-second 10-yard split at 271 pounds.
TE Jared Wiley, TCU 
  • 37-inch vertical and 4.62-second 40-yard dash.
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