Jawanza Starling was active in Tuesday’s events of the 2013 NFL Combine, but his performance showed mixed results. One on hand, he performed reasonably well in measurable events, but his field drills could have been better.
Starling started off his combine experience by doing 17 reps in the bench press, a very solid number. He ran a 4.64 40-yard dash–which was in the range he wanted to post–but a quicker time would have been beneficial. He did well in the vertical and broad jumps, leaping up 36 inches and exploding out of his breaks for 122 inches across the field. But his best numbers came in the three-cone drill and the 60-yard shuffle where he was able to show his agility and foot movement. His times of 6.68 seconds and 11.62 respectively made him a top performer amongst his fellow safeties.
On the field though, things were a bit less dominant. He caught enough balls and showed his speed in game-like situations, but one of the most damning images of him came when he badly misjudged a pass and made an awkward leap at it, resulting in a dropped pass.
Starling would surely like to have that attempt back, as it is one that will undoubtedly stick around with coaches and scouts.
Fortunately for him, Starling has USC’s Pro Day in March to have one last go at these drills. As it stands now, he is sitting on the bubble between being a late round pick or a free agent.