Yes, cornerback Dashaun Phillips played in Division II. But pro day numbers don't lie.
Phillips, a 2012 All-American, completed his eligibility at Tarleton State last fall, and now the Duncanville native is fighting for a shot in the NFL. His recent pro day performance at Aledo High School certainly helped his cause.
According to a Dallas Cowboys Cover32.com article by Matt Thornton, if Phillips had attended the NFL Draft Combine, his 60 yard shuttle time of 10.90 seconds would have been the fastest since Oklahoma's Jamell Flemming record-setting 10.75 in 2012.
Phillips' three cone drill time of 6.60 seconds would have been second overall at the 2014 Combine, not just among corners. He bench-pressed 225 pounds 15 times, which Thornton reports would have tied for 13th among corners.
Phillips ran a low time of 4.48 seconds and a high time of 4.51 in the 40-yard dash, which would have placed him in the top 10 among corners.
Thornton wrote that he confirmed the Cowboys, Cardinals, Seahawks, Chargers, Panthers, Jaguars, Titans, Rams, Dolphins and Falcons were all at Phillips' pro day. He will also participate in the Super Regional Combine on April 13 in Detroit.
Cary Fowler said Phillips has since talked to the 49ers, Jets and others.
"I told you four years ago he would be the best defensive back who has ever come through here, and I think I was right," Fowler commented on Thursday. "And Dashaun doesn't even care if he gets drafted, he really doesn't. Just like his pro day numbers don't lie, his performance in camp won't lie either, and he knows that. Even if it's as a free agent, he just wants a shot to get on the field and show what he can do."
Thornton published his overall view of Phillips, writing: "What all this data tells me is that (Phillips) is a truly special athlete. He possesses NFL cornerback height and weight, has solid speed, he's explosive and his change of direction is at elite levels."