Originally posted by Ninerjohn:
Well.. to answer your question. NFL Draftscout has Trufant ranked 20th and Banks 30th. Mayock had them 3-4 before the combine but I would guess there is a great chance that Trufant goes ahead after this combine. Trufant shined at both the Senior Bowl and the combine.
As for the reason............ SPEED.
Like I care what NFL Draftscout has them ranked. Banks was ranked in the Top 15 of the draft by everyone while Trufant was ranked in the late 1st/early 2nd and now all of a sudden, one workout overrides years of great play? I don't think so. You seem to be insinuating that having one great offseason erases everything before it, where Banks was a great cornerback and Trufant was a good, albeit unspectacular cornerback.
Like I said, this how Dontari Poe moved up the draft boards last year, because he blew up at the Combine and people took greater stock of what his timed speeds were, overruling his performance on the field.
40 times are also a crappy indicator. That is reading too much into guys wearing shorts and sneakers. Joe Haden a 4.58 40 at the Combine and there was tons of hand-wringing and moaning and crying and draft boards like NFLDraftScout had him falling into the 20s even. Browns ignored all that, picked him, and now this "slow cornerback who needs to move to safety" is one of the very best in the NFL. Meanwhile Taylor Mays ran a 4.24 unofficially and he couldn't cover a 65 year old man using a walking cane.
I like Trufant a lot, but Banks....I mean, damn, that's a huge steal to get that guy at 31. If you told me a year ago that the 49ers could have Banks, I would have been depressed because I would have assumed that they must have just had a very lousy season.
Ideally, 49ers could troll the NFL and take both Banks and Trufant. Move either Culliver or Banks to free safety, let Rogers ride off into the sunset.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Mar 1, 2013 at 1:24 PM ]