10 takeaways from the top defensive back performances at NFL Combine

The Eagles are in Indianapolis for the 2023 NFL scouting combine, and all eyes within the organization will likely be on impact defenders.

Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, T.J. Edwards, Kyzir White, James Bradberry, C.J. Gardner-Johnson, and Marcus Epps are all slated for free agency. It won’t be possible for the Eagles to bring them all back, especially once Jalen Hurts signs his new deal.

Philadelphia could look to draft a cornerback and safety with multiple free agents in the secondary.

We’ve previewed the edge rushers and linebackers who worked out on Thursday, and here are the takeaways from the defensive back portion of the events.

Data much improved

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Next Gen Stats is now tracking player movement at the combine, giving NFL teams more information to decipher.

DJ Turner

Michigan defensive back DJ Turner (5) tackles Ohio State wide receiver Xavier Johnson during the second half Nov. 26, 2022 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

Howie Roseman likes speed and the Michigan cornerback captured the attention of everyone in Lucas Oil Stadium,

Riley Moss


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There had been predraft talk about a potential move to safety for Moss, but the Iowa cornerback erased any doubt about his speed at the next level.

Most athletic DB

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Maryland defensive back Deonte Banks impressed early and often, finishing as the most athletic player in his position.

Chris Gonzalez is CB!

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The Oregon cornerback staked his claim to being the top cornerback off the board.

Emmanuel Forbes the next Darius Slay

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Joey Porter Jr.


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Kelee Ringo

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Tre'Vius Hodges-Tomlinson

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Darius Rush

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Jordan Battle

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Sydney Brown

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Both Illinois safeties are solid and Brown helped himself tremendously.

Jartavius Martin

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The Illinois safety put his athleticism and speed on display, boosting his stock.

Story originally appeared on Eagles Wire