Draft prospects to watch, TV and streaming info


Positional workouts continue at the NFL scouting combine on Friday, when the defensive backs hit the field at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Friday’s workouts will include some projected first-round draft picks, including Alabama safety Brian Branch, Oregon cornerback Christian Gonzalez, Penn State cornerback Joey Porter Jr., South Carolina cornerback Cam Smith and Illinois cornerback Devon Witherspoon.

In all, 56 defensive backs (37 cornerbacks and 19 safeties) were selected in the 2022 NFL draft.

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Here’s everything you need to know for Friday’s workouts:

What is the schedule for the 2023 NFL scouting combine?

Friday: Defensive backs and special teams (3 p.m. ET start time)

Saturday: Quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends (1 p.m. ET start time)

Sunday: Running backs and offensive linemen (1 p.m. ET start time)

How can I watch the NFL scouting combine?

NFL Network will air on-field workouts for all four days, with streaming options available via NFL+ and NFL.com. The combine also can be streamed on fuboTV.

Which notable players will be participating in Friday’s drills?

Brian Branch, S, Alabama: Versatile defender recorded 90 tackles (14 for loss and three sacks) and two interceptions for the Crimson Tide in 2022.

Emmanuel Forbes, CB Mississippi State: The 2022 first-team All-SEC selection set an FBS record with six pick-sixes in his college career.

Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon: After originally playing college football at Colorado, Gonzalez entered the transfer portal and emerged as a first-team All-Pac-12 selection for the Ducks.

Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State: As the son of former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter, Porter Jr. brings an NFL pedigree as well as a reputation as a defensive playmaker, earning first-team All-Big Ten and team defensive most valuable player honors.

Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina: With a 6-foot frame, Smith brings length and impressive pass defense instincts.

Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois: The 2022 Big Ten defensive back of the year anchored the nation’s top scoring defense.

Devon Witherspoon had 17 passes defensed and three interceptions for the Illinois Fighting Illini in 2022.

Devon Witherspoon had 17 passes defensed and three interceptions for the Illinois Fighting Illini in 2022.

Who are the prospects invited to take part in Friday’s workouts?

Defensive backs

Alex Austin, Oregon State

Deonte Banks, Maryland

Jordan Battle, Alabama

Jakorian Bennett, Maryland

Mekhi Blackmon, USC

Lance Boykin, Coastal Carolina

Brian Branch, Alabama

Julius Brents, Kansas State

Myles Brooks, Louisiana Tech

Cam Brown, Ohio State

Ji’Ayir Brown, Penn State

Sydney Brown, Illinois

Arquon Bush, Cincinnati

Kei’Trel Clark, Louisville

Chamarri Conner, Virginia Tech

Trey Dean, Florida

Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State

Mekhi Garner, LSU

Christian Gonzalez, Oregon

DeMarcco Hellams, Alabama

Ronnie Hickman Jr., Ohio State

Brandon Hill, Pittsburgh

Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, TCU

Jordan Howden, Minnesota

Anthony Johnson, Iowa State

Anthony Johnson Jr., Virginia

Antonio Johnson, Texas A&M

Jaylon Jones, Texas A&M

Nic Jones, Ball State

Tyreque Jones, Boise State

Brandon Joseph, Notre Dame

Kyu Blu Kelly, Stanford

Darrell Luter Jr., South Alabama

Jartavius Martin, Illinois

Kaevon Merriweather, Iowa

Cameron Mitchell, Northwestern

Riley Moss, Iowa

Gervarrius Owens, Houston

Clark Phillips III, Utah

Joey Porter Jr., Penn State

Eli Ricks, Alabama

Kelee Ringo, Georgia

Jammie Robinson, Florida State

Darius Rush, South Carolina

Daniel Scott, Cal

JL Skinner III, Boise State

Cam Smith, South Carolina

Christopher Smith II, Georgia

Terell Smith, Minnesota

Tyrique Stevenson, Miami

Jason Taylor II, Oklahoma State

Rashad Torrence II, Florida

Cory Trice Jr., Purdue

DJ Turner II, Michigan

Carrington Valentine, Kentucky

Jay Ward, LSU

Garrett Williams, Syracuse

Devon Witherspoon, Illinois

Rejzohn Wright, Oregon State

Special teamers

Anders Carlson, kicker, Auburn

Christopher Dunn, kicker, N.C. State

Jake Moody, kicker, Michigan

Jack Podlesny, kicker, Georgia

B.T. Potter, kicker, Clemson

Chad Ryland, kicker, Maryland

Alex Ward, long snapper, UCF

Bryce Baringer, punter, Michigan State

Paxton Brooks, punter, Tennessee

Adam Korsak, punter, Rutgers

Brad Robbins, punter, Michigan

Michael Turk, punter, Oklahoma

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NFL combine 2023: Friday’s prospects to watch, TV and streaming info



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