The defensive backs were the last group to participate in the 40-yard dash at the 2015 NFL Combine, wrapping up the performances in the Combine’s most popular drill Monday.
Highlighting the group of defensive backs were Washington’s Marcus Peters, Alabama’s Landon Collins and Michigan State’s Trae Waynes. But it was a different Collins who stole the show early in the morning.
LSU’s Jalen Collins is one of the biggest cornerbacks in the 2015 NFL Draft class at 6’1, 203 pounds, yet still managed to have one of the top times among the defensive backs. His 4.48 time topped most of the other participants in the drill, although it was Waynes who wound up setting the top time of 4.31 seconds. Mississippi State’s Justin Cox wasn’t far behind at 4.36 seconds, and Florida State’s Ronald Darby was right behind him with a time of 4.38 seconds. Peters managed to post a time of 4.53 seconds.
Jean Francois also reported interest from both the Seattle Seahawks and his former team, the 49ers. In fact, Jean Francois was in Seattle for a visit on Thursday, according to another tweet from Rapoport. Seattle has one of the best defenses in the league and is preparing for the departure of its own free agents. Washington has struggled big time in recent seasons, though, and Jean Francois will get every opportunity to start and make a difference.
Jean Francois played in all 16 games this past season, putting up 28 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery to go along with six passes defensed. The defensive line is one of Washington’s biggest needs this offseason, with Jason Hatcher struggling (after being a marquee free agent signing in 2014) and multiple injuries along the line, namely to Stephen Bowen and Barry Cofield.
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