When one thinks of those positions in which Al Davis values athleticism most, the defensive backs might just be the first people think about. The Raiders have a couple of prime athletes at the safety position which were targeted by Mr Davis.
Michael Huff ran a blazing fast 4.34 40-yard dash in 2006 which would beat any safety in this class by nearly a tenth of a second. Strong safety Tyvon Branch worked out as a cornerback out of Connecticut in 2008 and ran the second fastest time (4.31) at any position. Only running back Chris Johnson's record 4.24 40-yard dash was better. The Raiders converted him to safety and found a gem.
Here are this year's top athletic performers among the safeties at the 2013 NFL scouting combine.
SS Shemarko Thomas -- Best 40-yard dash (4.42), most reps bench press (28), best vertical leap (40.5), 3rd in broad jump (11'1")
SS Earl Wolff - 2nd in 40-yard dash (4.44), 4th vertical leap (39.0), best broad jump (11'2"), 2nd 20-yard shuttle (4.07)
SS Shawn Williams - 3rd in 40-yard dash (4.46), 3rd reps bench press (25)
FS Eric Reid - 4th in 40-yard dash (4.53), best vertical leap (40.5), best broad jump (11'2")
FS Matt Elam - 5th in 40-yard dash (4.54)
SS Keelan Johnson - 5th in 40-yard dash (4.54), 5th 3-cone (6.77), 2nd 20-yard shuttle (4.07), best 60-yard shuttle (11.53)
FS Josh Evans - Best 3-cone (6.64), 5th 20-yard shuttle (4.10)
SS Kenny Vaccaro - Best 20-yard shuttle (4.06)