Las Vegas Raiders: Which 2022 NFL Combine drills to watch per position
DB: Field drills
There are varying styles of corners and safeties, so like wide receivers, it is essential to know which drills may be relevant to one player and not the other. Big physical corners may not need to run sub 4.4 in the 40-yard dash or be incredible in the change of direction drills, but those could be crucial for an undersized corner. If you get both, take that guy in the top 5.
Safeties are even more interesting because with how prevalent the passing game has become, they need to cover almost as well as corners. You’ll still have some single high or box players, but at some point, if you can’t cover teams will exploit you.
New Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels is saying all the right things at this year's NFL Combine, especially with regards to quarterback Derek Carr.
However, I highlight the field drills for defensive backs because it reveals so much. They show how fluid a player is in being able to backpedal, turn and run, open their hips, and change direction. All of which directly translate to the field regardless of whether there is a receiver in front of them or not.