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2014 NFL Scouting Combine Impressions: Day 4 (Defensive Backs)

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert asserted himself as the 2014 NFL Draft’s best cornerback at this year’s combine. (Photo: Brian Spurlock — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine drew to its close Tuesday when the final two groups, composed alphabetically from 59 of the 2014 draft class’ top defensive backs, took the field for their on-field workouts.

While there were a good number of high-profile prospects from other groups who chose to sit out part or all of the combine workouts, just about all the top defensive backs were full participants Tuesday. Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward was forced to sit out with a foot injury, as reported by Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net, but top DBs such as Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert, Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Ohio State’s Bradley Roby went through a full set of drills in Indianapolis.

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2014 Outback Bowl Prospect Preview: LSU vs. Iowa

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Jarvis Landry (No. 80) and Odell Beckham (No. 3) have formed a dynamic duo at wide receiver for LSU this season. (Photo: Crystal LoGuidice — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Injured and showing chinks in a usually stellar defense, Les Miles’ LSU Tigers finished 2013 with 9-3 record and a defense that ranked just 45th in the nation. Their offense improved with the maturation of senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger, but after he suffered a torn ACL in LSU’s regular-season finale against Arkansas, the Tigers will need to win a bowl game without him to earn its fourth straight 10-win season.

Iowa, on the other hand, came into the season with no expectations and seemed to be meeting that low bar. Their Nov. 2 loss to Wisconsin dropped them to 5-4, but the Hawkeyes seemed to flip a switch at the end of the season, beating Purdue and Nebraska on the road and coming from behind to beat Michigan at home to finish the year with an 8-4 record. On Wednesday, the Hawkeyes will put their ball control, ground-based offense up against a surprisingly electric LSU offense in the Outback Bowl (1 p.m., ESPN).

Wednesday’s game will be a battle of physicality versus explosion; the only surprise is which one the typically-stout Tigers has become.

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