Gareon Conley had something to prove when he landed in Indianapolis last week for the NFL Scouting Combine.
Conley has spent the season in the shadow of former teammates Malik Hooker and Marshon Lattimore. Both of whom are considered top-10 picks in next month’s NFL Draft. But after today’s showing at the combine, Conley shows he belongs in the first round.
At 6’0″ and 195 pounds, Gereon has the ideal size you want for an NFL cornerback. However, scouts were concerned if his size would slow him down. His second 40 time of 4.4 put those doubts to rest.
— Buckeye Videos+ (@BuckeyeVideos) March 6, 2017
The 4.4 was good enough to put Conley 11th among cornerbacks. His performance today put several scouts on notice. He showed just how fast he is rising up draft boards.
I think Gareon Conley is a top 15 player. His coverage mechanics are very, very good.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 6, 2017
Conley looks like a top 15 pick today
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) March 6, 2017
Best CB in the drills was Gareon Conley-Ohio St & he ran in the 4.40's. This WO can raise his grade if a late 1st rd @nflnetwork
— Charley Casserly (@CharleyCasserly) March 6, 2017
This year’s cornerback class is considered to be extremely deep, and Conley’s performance today showed just that.
His 37″ vertical jump today was good for 7th and he has exceptional hands in coverage as well.
— Mekka Don (@MekkaDonMusic) March 6, 2017
Gareon Conley might not go in the top 15 picks next month, but whoever takes him is getting a Week 1 starter.