Scouting the safety prospects

As part of our series previewing the NFL draft, we examine the top prospects at every position. This installment features the safeties.

Overall class strength: Along with tight end, this might be one of the top positions in the draft when compared to previous years at the same positions. There are seven safeties who could be drafted in the first two rounds, led by top 10 prospect Michael Huff

The best: Michael Huff, Texas; Donte Whitner, Ohio State; Jason Allen, Tennessee; Ko Simpson, South Carolina; Darnell Bing, USC

The next wave: Daniel Bullocks, Nebraska; Anthony Smith, Syracuse; Pat Watkins, Florida State; Bernard Pollard, Purdue

Possible sleepers: Antoine Bethea, Howard; Reed Doughty, Northern Colorado

First-round projections: Huff, Whitner, Allen

Quick hits: Huff is such a good athlete that some have projected him as a cornerback in the NFL. … Simpson was able to enter the NFL as an underclassman after his sophomore year at South Carolina because he was three years removed from high school. … Bullocks is the younger brother of Josh Bullocks, a second-round pick of the New Orleans Saints last year. … UCLA's Jarrad Page was drafted in the fifth round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.

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