Posts Tagged With: Jim Thorpe Award

Defensive backs took over the 2018 NFL Combine

Derwin James

The final day of the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine was the most busy in terms of action on the field, as a group of 70 defensive backs (43 cornerbacks, 27 safeties) performed drills and showcased their skills in preparation for this year’s NFL Draft.

There were more defensive backs at the Combine than players at any other position, and it was the largest group of DBs in the event’s history.

According to the majority of reviews and recaps I’ve read, and after watching most of the DBs do their thing on TV, the biggest fish in the big pond was Florida State safety Derwin James. Continue reading

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In the Cards: Mark Carrier


By sharing some of the football cards from my collection, my goal is to put a spotlight on defensive backs who may have become underrated or have been forgotten by history.

Mark Carrier, FS, Chicago Bears (Pro Set 1990)

If your name isn’t Dick Butkus or Brian Urlacher, and if you didn’t play on the 1985 championship team, it’s tough to carve out a legacy in Chicago and be remembered as one of the great defenders in the history of the Bears franchise.

Urlacher had to bring the athleticism of a college safety to the iconic Bears’ middle linebacker position, stay there for 13 years, win NFL Defensive Player of the Year and make the Pro Bowl eight times just to be considered — at best — the third-best middle ‘backer to have suited up for Chicago; well behind Butkus and Mike Singletary. Continue reading

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