Who Iowa State Added
The Scouting Report
Thadd Daniels: Daniels is an experienced, mature defensive back who spent some of his time at the JUCO level playing cornerback. Daniels is a tough, physical defender who can play tight on receivers but also plays well in space. — Scout's Alex Halsted
Jatairis Grant: In Grant, Iowa State gets a defensive back capable of playing anywhere in the secondary. For his final two years of high school Grant played safety and will be slotted there now for the Cyclones. At 6-foot, 185 pounds, Grant has good quickness for the position as well. — Scout's Alex Halsted
Lawrence White: White has spent the bulk of his football career as a cornerback but will likely slide to safety at Iowa State. The 6-foot, 170-pound defensive back is another versatile player who does well in coverage. White has also played quarterback for his high school team and has good athleticism. — Scout's Alex Halsted
The Position Situation
With the loss of safety Qujuan Floyd from last season's team, Iowa State made a valuable addition in landing safety Thadd Daniels. Daniels should have a strong opportunity to start alongside Kamari Cotton-Moya at safety in 2016 with guys like Jomal Wiltz and Mike Johnson also potentially factoring into the position. Iowa State also added more future depth at the safety position with Jatairis Grant and Lawrence White, two versatile athletes who could in theory also play cornerback if needed. Given Iowa State's new scheme, the cornerback and safety positions could at times be interchangeable, and all three new safeties have also spent parts of their careers at corner.