Defensive backs arrive, let the trash talk begin

INDIANAPOLIS — There is no mistaking that the defensive backs are working out Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine. With the defensive linemen and linebackers performing Monday, the chatter was at a minimum.

Boy does that seem like a long time ago. This class of defensive backs are certainly living up to the mouthy reputation of their position group.

The defensive backs were separated into two groups for the final receiving drill on Tuesday, with the group that has the most drops being forced to do push ups. Queue the trash talk.

Any time a prospect failed to secure a pass, it was quickly followed by loud hooting and hollering from the opposing group’s prospects, who took joy in ribbing the competition.

In the end it came down to Wake Forest’s Brandon Ghee to make the catch for his team to avoid push ups. He had been one of the more vocal participants, as a few of the scouts in attendance had noted, and seemed certain he would come down with the ball.

Instead, the pigskin slipped right through his hands, and the rest of his group was forced to do push ups, while the other group unleashed a collective “OHHHHHHHH!”

Ghee may have run the second-fastest 40-yard dash among all defensive backs in 4.45 seconds, but his peers are unlikely to let him forget that late drop any time soon.

Jason Feller

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