Former Michigan cornerback D.J. Turner turned heads earlier this month after posting an eye-popping 4.26 40-yard sprint time on the NFL Mix. The defensive again is not the largest, and even most bodily cornerback on this yr’s draft class, however the Michigan senior left little question as to who the quickest participant within the class is.
Turner met with reporters on Friday after Michigan held its annual professional day, and he mentioned he wasn’t stunned in any respect by his combine-best time.
“I knew I used to be going to run what I ran,” Turner mentioned.
Even along with his unbelievably quick time, Turner mentioned he is accomplished higher earlier than.
“I’ve run quicker earlier than,” he mentioned. “It is mainly round what I have been working, although. However, I’ve positively, I’ve hit quicker earlier than.”
Turner then expound on what precisely went into the coaching as he ready for the 40-yard sprint.
“I used to be down at XPE in Fort Lauderdale,” Turner mentioned, when requested the place he did his coaching at. “We had been doing a complete bunch… we had been positively getting at it. They get the quick quicker. We positively hone in on begins, the ends, simply specializing in every part, we had been doing two-a-days.”
The coaching definitely paid off for Turner, who showcased his velocity for all 32 NFL groups to see.
“There was discuss that I used to be quick, so it was positively good to broadcast that to the mix,” Turner mentioned.
So far as comparisons go along with different cornerbacks within the draft class, Turner is aware of his velocity will make up for his lack of dimension and physicality in contrast to some of the draft’s different lockdown defenders.
“A few of the corners, simply, completely different physique sorts,” Turner mentioned. “It simply is determined by what a crew needs, truthfully. There’s Joey Porter (Jr.) on the market, however he is a much bigger nook… Devon Witherspoon, he is on the market, and so, we type of have the identical physique sort, there’s (Kelee) Ringo, larger nook, so I positively know my competitors.”
Porter and Witherspoon are each surefire first-round picks, and Ringo is a possible first-round choice, too. Turner is not projected to go as excessive as any of the three cornerbacks he named at professional day, however he is put collectively a superb pitch for NFL groups once they ask why they need to draft the previous Michigan DB.
“Aggressive, press-man nook, can play nook, nickel, mainly all of them, and positively in-tune to the sport plan,” Turner mentioned.
Turner is projected as a second-day choice in subsequent month’s NFL Draft, however his confirmed velocity and quickness may lead to some groups giving Turner a glance sooner than many would possibly count on.
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