2017 NFL Scouting Combine Weigh-In Analysis: CB/DS

Cornerback and safety are two somewhat misunderstood positions. And often times people mix up the thresholds at cornerback with the thresholds at safety. Namely arm length. Now there is a strong correlation to All-Pro cornerbacks who have at least 32-inch arm length. But there is not so much a similar correlation to safety, except for elite strong safeties. But before we get into safeties, let’s start with the cornerback group first.

All of the cornerbacks who met the 32-inch All-Pro arm length are as follows:

  1. Brian Allen
  2. Ahkello Witherspoon
  3. Gareon Conley
  4. Treston Decoud
  5. Jeremy Clark
  6. Ashton Lampkin
  7. Rasul Douglas
  8. Shaquill Griffin
  9. Cordrea Tankersly
  10. Marlon Humphrey
  11. Quincy Wilson
  12. Marquez White
  13. Tre White
  14. Kevin King
  15. Teez Tabor

It’s a lot, but the multiple Pro Bowl arm length threshold is 30-inches. In which case only Will Likely failed to hit that threshold. Things like athleticism and production have better success correlations than arm length, but if you are going to project a player as an All-Pro they better have that length. And so far we have plenty of candidates to be potential elite boundary corners. In addition to numerous Pro Bowl potential players.

At safety, length is more important at strong safety than free safety where elite length is 33-inches. And the safeties to have 33-inch length or higher were as follows:

  1. Josh Harvey-Clemons
  2. Jamal Adams
  3. Montae Nicholson

Other than that, there is not much else to say about the safety group. All met thresholds for free safety and there were no abnormal sizes. It was a pretty solid group. And I will be very excited to see how they perform in the coming days as athletes. So keep a look out for more posts. And have a nice weekend.



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