Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Combine Coverage: Defensive Backs

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Bradley Fletcher: Measuring in at 6'0, 196 pounds, this corner probably had the best combine of all the Hawkeyes. He was a top performer in the vertical jump at 38.5", 5th best among corners. He also benched 225 pounds 20 times and ran a 4.52 40-yard dash, solid for one of the bigger corner in the drafts. Fletcher may be moved to safety in the NFL, a la Charles Godfrey with the Carolina Panthers.

Fletcher was a vastly underrated member of the vaunted 2008 defense. He formed the best corner combo in the Ferentz era with Amari Spievey. Fletch also kept a very talented Jordan Bernstine firmly on the bench. He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten with 60 tackles, three interceptions and 10 passes broken up.

I'm guessing he goes somewhere in the 5th or 6th round.

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  1. Bradley Fletcher was a vastly underrated player during his Hawkeye career and if he were two inches taller, NFL scouts would be drooling over him. Everything I have heard from teammates is that Fletcher is an athletic freak with outstanding make-up speed and ball skills. It will be interesting to see if he gets drafted and subsequently moved to safety next season.

  2. I was also impressed, but not shocked with Fletcher's Combine numbers. I have always heard that he is very athletically talented (as was Godfrey). With the success Godfrey was able to have in moving over to safety, I wouldn't mind seeing Fletch do the same. Hopefully his Combine moved him up a round or so.



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