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Ron Brooks, Dwight Bentley, Jayron Hosley shine in the 40

Ron Brooks, Morris Claiborne AP

The defensive backs ran their 40-yard dashes today at the Scouting Combine, and three players have been particularly impressive on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium: LSU’s Ron Brooks, Louisiana-Lafayette’s Dwight Bentley and Virginia Tech’s Jayron Hosley.

Brooks led the way with an unofficial time of 4.35 seconds. Bentley followed at 4.37 seconds, and Hosley came in at 4.38 seconds. Of the defensive backs who have run so far, those were the only three to clock a time under 4.4 seconds.

Although he was largely overshadowed in an LSU secondary that included top prospect Morris Claiborne and Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu (who is only two years out of high school and not eligible for the draft), Brooks has certainly helped his draft stock today. Brooks played in all 52 of LSU’s games over the last four years, was one of LSU’s top coverage players on special teams and returned all three of his career interceptions for touchdowns.

Bentley was a four-year starter at Louisiana-Lafayette but is undersized and struggles in man coverage. He may be a good enough athlete, however, to make some team think he has what it takes to be a solid special teams contributor.

Hosley entered the draft as a junior and was described as a player who could be a late riser. Today’s 40 time could be just the thing to make that happen.

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8 Responses to “Ron Brooks, Dwight Bentley, Jayron Hosley shine in the 40”
  1. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Feb 28, 2012 11:12 AM

    LSU putting out straight studs these days. Reminds me of Miami 10-20 years ago,

  2. deconjonesbitchslap says: Feb 28, 2012 11:13 AM

    as a former sprinter, i just laugh at this hype around the 40 yard dash. 4.38 and 4.41 can be the difference between 1st round and 4th round and tens of millions of dollars. unbelieveable.

    the 40 is all about the start. period. and football players never get in anything remotely close to a block start, except d-ends.

    i think if you want to separate the real speed demons from the pack, have them run 100 meters. 40 yards isn’t enough for most great sprinters to gain their max speed. most sprinters are still barely getting upright at that moment. usain bolt isn’t a very good block starter, but his speed makes up for it.

  3. vontazemebro says: Feb 28, 2012 11:14 AM

    The only place you can sum up a football player is on the football field. The rest is all marketing BS.

  4. steeelfann says: Feb 28, 2012 11:38 AM

    The defenses of LSU and Alabama were totally unbelievable this year. They are miles ahead of all other colleges, boys against men.

    The talking heads media complained about the first game when LSU won in OT. You kidding me? Nobody in college football could compete against either defense for 4 quarters. Maybe a half, but any team would be worn down in tatters by 4th.

    When you think of the first round draft pics for the NFL that played on both defenses, it is mind boggling. There may have been 8-10 first rounders out there playing this year.

    Really startling when you sit back and think about it.

  5. lonespeed says: Feb 28, 2012 11:57 AM

    Virginia Tech has had a history of producing solid defensive backs in recent years; Brandon Flowers for the chiefs, Victor Harris of the Eagles, Kam Chancellor for the Seahawks, and DeAngelo Hall for the Redskins.

    Jayron Hosley is a bit of a sleeper, but I fully expect he’ll have a 5-7 year career on par with those above. I think most teams would take that quality from a mid-round draft pick.

  6. broncobeta says: Feb 28, 2012 12:33 PM

    [Insert some comment here about how the forty means nothing and it's all about being a man and playing football.]

  7. Deb says: Feb 28, 2012 1:02 PM

    Speaking as a diehard Bama fan, those LSU defensive backs were some of the best I’ve ever seen at the college level. Looking forward to seeing what kind of impact they have in the pros.

  8. bozosforall says: Feb 28, 2012 1:58 PM

    deconjonesbitchslap says:
    Feb 28, 2012 11:13 AM
    as a former sprinter, i just laugh at this hype around the 40 yard dash. 4.38 and 4.41 can be the difference between 1st round and 4th round and tens of millions of dollars. unbelieveable.

    the 40 is all about the start. period. and football players never get in anything remotely close to a block start, except d-ends.

    i think if you want to separate the real speed demons from the pack, have them run 100 meters. 40 yards isn’t enough for most great sprinters to gain their max speed. most sprinters are still barely getting upright at that moment. usain bolt isn’t a very good block starter, but his speed makes up for it.

    __
    Former sprinter? The only thing you ever sprinted for was the buffet.

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