This year’s top cornerback prospect, Morris Claiborne of LSU, didn’t disappoint Tuesday at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine.
Considered by many to be the top defensive back and a top-10 draft pick, Claiborne ran a 4.47 unofficially in his 40-yard dash. He followed up his solid showing in the running portion by displaying excellent ball skills in the field drills.
You can track all the pertinent times and numbers from the defensive backs at NFL.com, which includes the blistering time from UCF cornerback Josh Robinson, who was clocked at 4.29 unofficially.
Robinson dashed himself atop the 40 times for this year’s combine. It remains to be seen how much he improved his draft stock.
More combine news and 49ers headlines after the jump.
Free agency is two weeks away, but ESPN.com’s NFC West blogger Mike Sando is chomping at the bit to get it started. Sando examines the free agent possibilities for all teams in the division and thinks Saints wideout Robert Meachem could give the 49ers a speed element at wide receiver. At 27, Meachem has averaged 16.1 yards per reception in five NFL seasons.
Speaking of NFC West news, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee discusses St. Louis’ No. 2 draft pick and how it allows them to improve their franchise with so many teams coveting Robert Griffin III. Barrows writes, “The 49ers have to be happy that they won’t be facing Griffin twice a year (unless the Rams trade with quarterback-needy Seattle, which seems unlikely.”
Lastly, with the combine coming to an end, fans can start circling pro day dates on their calendars. That’s when respective prospects can either rest on their combine times, or try to improve their numbers before the draft. CNNSI.com offers a complete listing of important 2012 pro day dates.
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