Coty Sensabaugh has three top-four marks on final day of NFL Combine

The Clemson Sports Blog

Clemson's Coty Sensabaugh breaks up a pass intended for South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery in the endzone in the first quarter Saturday.

Clemson's Coty Sensabaugh breaks up a pass intended for South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery in the endzone in the first quarter Saturday.

Coty Sensabaugh arrived at Clemson five years ago as a long shot and beat the odds, developing over time into a capable cover corner.

He’ll face better odds at the next level after turning in an overall impressive performance on Tuesday at the NFL Combine.

Generally projected as a late-round draft pick, Sensabaugh better than held his own against higher-rated players during final day of workouts at Indianapolis.

He recorded top-four marks among cornerbacks in three categories and placed in the top 10 in two others.

Sensabaugh was officially clocked at 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash, which ranked fourth behind Josh Robinson of Central Florida (4.33), Ron Brooks of LSU (4.37) and Stephon Gilmore of South Carolina (4.40). Sensabaugh was hand-timed, unofficially, at 4.37.

His best performance came in the three-cone drill, where he ranked third with a 6.60 seconds. He also came in fourth in the vertical jump at 37.0 inches.

Sensabaugh’s other marks included an eighth-place showing in the board jump (122 inches), ninth place in the 20-yard shuttle (4.06), and 15th in the bench press (15 reps).

He was measured at 5-11 and 189 pounds, with 31-inch arms and 9-inch hands.

Dawkins Says It’s Broncos Or Retirement: Former Clemson defensive back and multi-year Pro Bowler Brian Dawkins says he’s fully recovered from a neck injury that sidelined him late in the 2011 season and would like to play one more season – but only for his current team, the Denver Broncos.

Dawkins just finished his 16th NFL season. No safety has ever played 17 years in the NFL.

“My health is good,” Dawkins told Eagles Talk - a Philadelphia Eagles focused website - during an appearance in Pottstown, Pa. “The problem I had was a pinched nerve. It needed time (to heal) and during the season, you don’t have time. But I’ve had a chance to rest up and get my strength back. I feel good…

“If I’m going to play, it is going to be for Denver. My family is (settled) there. My kids are in school there. I don’t want to be away from my family. I want to take my kids to school. When (son) Brian comes home, I want him to have his Dad there to talk to.

“If Denver decides they want to move on, I respect that. That will be it.”

Chavis Released By Steelers: Former Clemson defensive tackle Miguel Chavis is among a group of players released recently by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Chavis had worked at both defensive end and tight end for the Steelers last preseason before suffering an injury.

Trouble Continues For Leroy Hill: Former Clemson and current Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill is in trouble again – this time after being arrested for possession of marijuana at his apartment in Atlanta.

Hill, who is a pending free agent, has now been arrested three times in three years, including a previous drug charge that earned him a suspension by the NFL. He was also arrested on a domestic violence charge, which was subsequently dismissed.

A seven-year NFL veteran, Hill enjoyed one of the most productive seasons of his career in 2011, when he started all 16 games and made 89 tackles, with four sacks and a forced fumble. It was his best season, statistically, since 2006.

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