Rob Malara

Sun Devil Combine Recap: Damarious Randall


Continuing the trend set earlier in weekend by former teammate Jaelen Strong, Damarious Randall kept the momentum going on Monday among Sun Devil athletes competing in the 2015 NFL Combine.  The safety, one of four former Sun Devils working out in front of NFL personnel and media at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, put in a successful day of workouts on Monday.

Randall had previously put in a positive run of practices and game film a month earlier during the Reese’s Senior Bowl (where he was joined by fellow teammates Jamil Douglas and Marcus Hardison), but it was critical that he run well in the 40-yard dash and perform capably among his fellow defensive backs in other drills and measurables in order to build a foundation as an early third day pick during the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft.  And run well he did, recording a 4.46-40, good enough for tenth best among all defensive backs, third among all safeties testing out during the final day of the Combine.  He also showed his short area quickness with the second best 10-yard split time among all safeties at 1.57.

Following suit with Strong’s performance, Randall also recorded a better than average vertical leap at 38″, good enough for eighth best among all defensive backs tested.  Not to mention a 3-cone drill time of 6.83 seconds showing that not only does Randall posses the long speed, but the agility and quickness to defend out in the open field.  This combined with his college resume highlighted by the ability to make big plays on the ball in big games has helped to point the needle upwards in terms of his stock as a draft prospect.

ESPN Draft guru Todd McShay spoke earlier this week about Randall’s stock moving up in the draft with the potential of him hearing his name called as early as the third round.   Unlike Strong however, he finds himself in a class very thin on top-level talent at his position.  As a result could vault even higher with a strong performance at ASU Pro Day, the next stop on the draft preparation tour.

About Rob Malara

Rob Malara

Rob Malara is a 2002 Sun Devil grad having spent the majority of his time in Tempe as a football, basketball, and baseball season ticket holder and front row inhabitant. A member of the Football Writers Association of America, he hosted the ASU Devils podcast and was its sub-optimal technical producer through its lifespan. Currently the president of the ASU Alumni Association's Northern Colorado Club, he is part of a family of maroon and gold residing in Fort Collins with his Sun Devil wife and nearby Sun Devil sister.

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