Draft Preview: Safeties

Draft expert Tony Pauline of our sister site DraftInsider.net breaks down the 2015 Safety class including scouting reports of all the top prospects.

Safety

Rnd

Full Name

School

Yr

1st

Landon Collins

Alabama

3Jr

1-2

Damarious Randall

Arizona State

5Sr

3rd

Cody Prewitt

Mississippi

4Sr

3rd

James Sample

Louisville

3Jr

4th

Ibraheim Campbell

Northwestern

5Sr

4th

Chris Hackett

TCU

4Jr

4th

Derron Smith

Fresno State

5Sr

4-5

Jaquiski Tartt

Samford

5Sr

5th

Kurtis Drummond

Michigan State

5Sr

5th

Clayton Geathers

Central Florida

5Sr

5th

Durell Eskridge

Syracuse

4Jr

5-6

Adrian Amos

Penn State

4Sr

6th

Erick Dargan

Oregon

5Sr

6th

Gerod Holliman

Louisville

4Jr

6-7

Fritz Etienne

Memphis

5Sr

6-7

Anthony Harris

Virginia

4Sr

6-7

Ronald Martin

LSU

4Sr

7th

Kyshoen Jarrett

Virginia Tech

4Sr

7th

Jermaine Whitehead

Auburn

4Sr

7th

Jordan Richards

Stanford

4Sr

7th

Isaiah Johnson

Georgia Tech

5Sr

7-FA

Dean Marlowe

James Madison

5Sr

7-FA

Tevin McDonald

Eastern Washington

5Sr

FA

Detrick Bonner

Virginia Tech

5Sr

FA

Braylon Webb

Missouri

5Sr

FA

Anthony Jefferson

UCLA

5Sr

FA

Sam Carter

TCU

5Sr

FA

Howard Matthews

Texas A&M

4Sr

FA

Ryan Murphy

Oregon State

5Sr

FA

Corey Cooper

Nebraska

5Sr

FA

Nick Perry

Alabama

5Sr

FA

Floyd Raven

Texas A&M

4Sr

FA

Mykkele Thompson

Texas

4Sr

FA

Dechane Durante

Northern Illinois

5Sr

FA

Gordon Hill

Sacred Heart

4Sr

FA

Jarrick Williams

Alabama

5Sr

FA

Derrick Malone

Oregon

5Sr

FA

Damian Parms

Florida Atlantic

4Sr

FA

Ty-Meer Brown

Boston College

5Sr

FA

Demarco Nelson

Tulsa

5Sr

FA

Lorenzo Waters

Rutgers

5Sr

FA

Earnest Thomas

Illinois

5Sr

FA

Daniel Fitzpatrick

Tennessee State

4Sr

FA

Robenson Therezie

Auburn

4Sr

FA

Emmanuel Johnson

Southern Mississippi

4Sr

FA

Sharrod Golightly

South Carolina

5Sr

FA

Cedric Thompson

Minnesota

4Sr

FA

Caleb Schaffitzel

Missouri State

4Sr

FA

Michael Lowe

California

5Sr

FA

Charles Garrett

Nevada

5Sr

FA

Adam Redden

Buffalo

4Sr

FA

Alan Turner

Arkansas

5Sr

FA

Jacob Hagen

Liberty

5Sr

FA

John Lowdermilk

Iowa

4Sr

FA

Ashely Lowery

Kentucky

4Sr

FA

Quentin Hayes

Oklahoma

5Sr

FA

Mark Murphy

Indiana

4Sr

FA

Brison Williams

South Carolina

4Sr

FA

Justin Halley

Florida International

5Sr

FA

Justin Currie

Western Michigan

4Sr

FA

Johnathan Shuler

Austin Peay

4Sr

FA

Joe Sarnese

Villanova

4Sr

FA

Robert Smith

Clemson

4Sr

FA

Keenan Lambert

Norfolk State

5Sr

FA

Craig Bills

BYU

4Sr

FA

Ace Clark

Western Carolina

5Sr

FA

Landon Feichter

Purdue

4Sr

FA

Demarkus Perkins

Florida International

5Sr

FA

Harold Jones-Quartey

Findlay

4Sr

FA

Colten Heagle

North Dakota State

5Sr

FA

Lyndell Johnson

Tarleton

4Sr

FA

Jared Tevis

Arizona

4Sr

FA

Austin Collinsworth

Notre Dame

5Sr

FA

Tevin Carter

Utah

4Sr

FA

A.J. Hendy

Maryland

4Sr

FA

Taylor Richards

Purdue

4Sr

FA

Matt Hermanson

Montana

4Sr

FA

Brandon Cheaton

Missouri State

4Sr

FA

Jeremy Ioane

Boise State

5Sr

FA

Tra'Mayne Bondurant

Arizona

4Sr

FA

Julien David

Howard

5Sr

FA

Chris Calloway

Ball State

4Sr

FA

Sterling Young

Arkansas State

5Sr

FA

Tyrequek Zimmerman

Oregon State

4Sr

FA

Peniel Jean

Wisconsin

5Sr

FA

Avery Sebastian

California

4Sr

Full Name: Adrian Amos School: Penn State

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 218 40: 4.48 Year: 4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who saw action at both cornerback and safety. Posted a career-best 3 interceptions and 7 pass breakups as a senior.

Pos: Nice-sized defensive back prospect with a degree of versatility. Displays good route recognition in zone coverage, shows a burst to the ball as well as solid closing speed. Quick up the field defending the run, works to get involved in the action and wraps up tackling. Plays tough aggressive football.

Neg: One speed defensive back who struggles down the field. Not a strong open-field tackler. Loses out in battles when he should not.

Analysis: Amos was a solid college defensive back but lacks the physical skills and overall quickness for the next level. He could find a place as a dime back if he plays well on special teams.
Full Name: Craig Bills School: BYU

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 205 40: 4.72 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who played as a freshman in 2009 before going on a Mormon mission. Missed four games with a variety of injuries last season, finishing the year with 51 tackles and one interception. Career-best 78 tackles came the prior year.

Pos: Tough, hard-working defensive back with average size/speed numbers. Effective facing the action, plays with discipline and keeps the action in front of him. Nicely tracks the pass in the air and displays good hands for interceptions. Solid special-teams player who stands out on coverage units.

Neg: Slow transitioning with receivers and loses a half step down the field. Does not display the ability to quickly close to the action. Average recovery speed. Not a stout wrap-up tackler.

Analysis: Bills was a serviceable safety on the college level but is an over aged prospect with poor next level speed.


Full Name: Detrick Bonner School: Virginia Tech

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 207 40: 4.55 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who finished his senior season with a career-best 72 tackles. Posted 5 interceptions in college and a season-best 10 passes broken up as a sophomore.

Pos: Forceful safety with average size/speed numbers. Quick up the field, aggressive defending the run and fights bigger tight ends to defend the throw. Stays with cover assignments, flashes ability over the slot receiver and fluid transitioning down the line with opponents. Plays disciplined football, keeps the action front of him and displays range in centerfield.

Neg: Struggles in zone coverage. Indecisive. Does not correctly time pass defenses in man situations. Inefficient and does not consistently take proper angles to the play.

Analysis: During his sophomore campaign, Bonner looked like the next big-time defensive back prospect on the Virginia Tech program but his play has since leveled off. He’s not big or fast but shows enough skills stuffing the run and defending passes to get consideration as an eighth defensive back.


Full Name: Ty-Meer Brown School: Boston College

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 199 40: 4.55 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Connecticut transfer who finished with 39 tackles and 1 interception last season.

Pos: Solid three-down safety with poor measurables for the next level. Effectively diagnoses plays, keeps the action in front of him and quick up the field defending the run. Shows range in centerfield with the ability to get outside the numbers. Works well with cornerbacks, displays a sense of timing and gives effort defending the throw.

Neg: At times does more hitting rather than wrap-up tackling. Average ball skills.

Marginally productive in college.

Analysis: Brown was a solid safety at Connecticut before being a part-time player last season for Boston College. He offers possibilities at the next level as a dime back but will have to earn his wage on special teams.


Full Name: Ibraheim School: Northwestern

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 208 40: 4.47 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who missed four games with injury last season but still finished with 54 tackles. Posted a career-best 100 tackles as a freshman and four interceptions during his junior season.

Pos: Nice-sized safety best between the numbers. Keeps the action in front of him, quick up the field defending the run and wraps up when tackling. Hard hitter, aggressively goes after opponents and flies around the field to make plays. Recognizes cover assignments, mixes it up with opponents and has a nice move to the ball.

Neg: Possesses an average closing burst. More of a straight-line defensive back with marginal lateral speed.

Analysis: Campbell possesses the run-defending attitude and enough ball skills to line up as a starting strong or zone safety at the next level.


Full Name: Sam Carter School: TCU

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 214 40: 4.65 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his sophomore campaign. Senior totals included 55 tackles with 4 interceptions. Career totals of 63/4/10 came during his sophomore season.

Pos: Nice-sized safety best facing the action. Stays with assignments, works hard to defend the throw and shows skill in zone coverage. Plays with excellent awareness and instincts, quickly locates the ball in the air and displays good hands for interceptions. Possesses a sense of timing on pass defenses and works hard to defend the run.

Neg: Straight-line safety who struggles changing direction or immediately altering his angle of attack. Slow getting his head back around to locate the ball and a liability covering receivers downfield.

Analysis: Carter was a solid safety on the college level but lacks any indistinguishable physical characteristic to his game and will have to make his mark on special teams.
Full Name: Ace Clark School: Western Carolina

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 213 40: 4.69 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-conference honors the past two seasons. Senior totals included 78 tackles with one interception. Career-best 90 tackles came during his freshman season.

Pos: Large, forceful safety best playing downhill. Instinctive, takes good angles to the action and willingly drives his pads through ball handlers. Shows a good head for the ball in run defense. Gives effort but also stays disciplined with coverage assignments in the middle of the field.

Neg: Does not get great depth on pass drops. Not fluid flipping his hips and loses in

transition. Plays to his underwhelming 40 time.

Analysis: Clark has been a consistent run defender in college but lacks coverage skills and speed for the next level. He offers potential as a backup strong safety/special teams player.
Full Name: Landon Collins School: Alabama

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 228 40: 4.47 Year: 3Jr

Bio: Awarded All-America and All-conference honors last season after moving into the starting role on a full-time basis then leading Alabama with 103 tackles and 3 interceptions. Sophomore totals included 70 tackles in six games.

Pos: Big, athletic safety with a large upside. Strong and forceful run defender who quickly makes his way up the field then brings down larger ball carriers. Effectively diagnoses plays and quickly picks up assignments in coverage. Fast in a straight line as well as laterally, quickly transitions running with opponents and gets his head back around to locate passes in the air. Displays good range with the ability to get outside the numbers and possesses a closing burst. Works well with cornerbacks, easily changes direction and works hard to make plays. Terrific special teams player.

Neg: Poor hands. At times late reacting in coverage and miss times pass defenses. Inconsistent recognizing routes in zone.

Analysis: Collins is a physical presence who’s shown development the past two seasons as both a run and pass defender. He offers upside but may be limited to a strong safety position or a zone-coverage scheme. He’s a solid prospect with starting potential but at present time is being overrated by many.


Full Name: Corey Cooper School: Nebraska

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 215 40: 4.62 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who posted a career-best 91 tackles during his junior season.

Pos: Instinctive run-defending safety who works hard to make plays. Keeps the action in front of him, quick up the field and wraps up when tackling. Displays good route recognition in zone coverage, plays with an aggressive streak as well as a nasty attitude. Solid special teamer on coverage units and also returns punts.

Neg: Average burst to the ball out of his plant. Lacks great range in centerfield and cannot get to the flanks fast enough to cover passes.

Analysis: Cooper is an underrated safety with the instincts and playing style to line up as a traditional strong safety or in a zone system. Special teams, an area where he excelled on the college level, could help him grab a roster slot this fall.


Full Name: Justin Currie School: Western Michigan

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 215 40: 4.63 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who led Western Michigan with 105 tackles as a senior after posting a career-best 113 the prior year.

Pos: Tough, run-defending safety best making plays up the field. Aggressive, displays a burst of closing speed and works hard to get involved in the action. Squares and wraps up ball carriers.

Neg: Tough, run-defending safety best making plays up the field. Aggressive, displays a burst of closing speed and works hard to get involved in the action. Squares and wraps up ball carriers.

Analysis: Curry has the size and style to be used as a traditional strong safety and comes with a special-teams mentality.


Full Name: Erick Dargan School: Oregon

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 210 40: 4.55 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Moved into the full-time starting role last season then led Oregon with 70 tackles while also adding 7 interceptions and breaking up 6 more passes. Special teams standout early in his Oregon career.

Pos: Underrated defensive back with a total game. Effectively diagnoses the action, quick up the field defending the run and wraps up tackling. Picks up assignments in zone, tracks passes in the air and shows good hands for interceptions. Flashes skill over the slot receiver.

Neg: Does not display great lateral speed getting outside the numbers. Possesses just an average close. Struggles getting off blocks.

Analysis: Dargan was consistent on defense and special teams, which could help him make an NFL roster as a ninth defensive back.


Full Name: Kurtis Drummond School: Michigan State

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 208 40: 4.58 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons, winning All-conference honors during both campaigns. Named Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year in 2014 when he recorded a career-best 15 pass defenses.

Pos: Physical, hard-hitting safety best between the numbers. Quick up the field to defend the run, squares into opponents and wraps up tackling. Displays a burst to the ball out of his plant, explodes to the action and quick to close. Instinctive, nicely anticipates the action and correctly diagnoses plays. For the most part keeps the action in front of him. Relatively effective over the slot receiver.

Neg: Coming off a disappointing senior campaign. Possesses just average recovery speed. Does not display top lateral speed getting out to the flanks. Indecisive and shows hesitation in coverage.

Analysis: After solid sophomore campaign that was followed up with a terrific junior season, Drummond struggled at times in 2014. He combines the physicality necessary to defend the run and shows enough ball skills between the numbers to develop into a starter at the next level if he gets his game back on track.


Full Name: Dechane Durante School: Northern Illinois

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 195 40: 4.55 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter awarded All-conference honors as a junior. Finished with a career-high 78 tackles last season.

Pos: Underrated safety prospect with the ability to make plays sideline-to-sideline. Effectively reads or diagnoses the action. Quick up the field defending the run and a strong open-field tackler. Stays with assignments in centerfield and remains disciplined. Displays good range and the ability to get outside the numbers to make plays.

Neg: Possesses just average quickness. Struggles staying downfield with receivers covering the deep throw. Average ball skills.

Analysis: Durante is a solid secondary prospect who can be used as a strong safety or in a zone system.


Full Name: Durell Eskridge School: Syracuse

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 208 40: 4.56 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Two-year starter who posted 68 tackles and 1 interception last season after leading Syracuse in tackles the prior season.

Pos: Long, smooth safety with solid range. Moves well in all directions, easily gets outside the numbers to make plays and plays faster than his 40 time. Quick arriving to the scene, chases hard defending the run and wraps up when tackling. Quick to close to the action and keeps plays in front of him.

Neg: Average ball skills. Does not play with suddenness.

Analysis: Eskridge is a well-sized defensive back who would be best as a conventional strong safety or in a zone system.


Full Name: Fritz Etienne School: Memphis

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 205 40: 4.72 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Junior-college transfer who moved into the starting line up last season and finished with 47 tackles, 3 INTs and 3 PBUs.

Pos: Underrated safety prospect with solid ball skills. Effectively diagnoses plays, displays a sense of timing on pass defenses and has a burst to the ball out of his plant. Flows well to the play, takes good angles to the action and brackets well with cornerbacks against receivers over the middle. Remains disciplined with assignments, reads the quarterbacks eyes then makes his move to the ball. Occasionally lined up over the slot receiver and does a solid job.

Neg: Average closing and recovery speed. At times does more hitting rather than wrap

up tackling. Has lapses in occasion.

Analysis: Etienne was a pleasant surprise at the safety position and though he lacks deep

speed he would be an asset as a dime back in zone coverage.


Full Name: Landon Feichter School: Purdue

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 200 40: 4.62 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who led Purdue with a career-high 105 tackles as a senior.

Pos: Undersized but tough, run-defending safety best between the tackles. Keeps the action in front of him, instinctive and plays within himself. Displays a burst of closing speed, wraps up ball carriers and effective tackling in the open field.

Neg: Struggles making plays laterally and lacks the speed necessary to get out to the flanks and help cornerbacks. Does not show great range.

Analysis: Feichter is a one-dimensional run-defending safety but plays with a special-teams mentality which could help him find a roster spot on Sundays.


Full Name: Daniel Fitzpatrick School: Tennessee State

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 204 40: 4.62 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his junior season. Senior totals included 56 tackles, 2 INTs and 5 PBUs. Junior numbers included a career-best 75 tackles and 8 INTs.

Pos: Productive college safety coming off a somewhat disappointing senior campaign. Forces the action up the field, defeats blocks and a strong open field tackler. Stays with assignments in centerfield, remains disciplined and keeps the action in front of him. Displays solid hands for interceptions and makes a lot of plays on the ball.

Neg: Lacks great range and slow getting outside the numbers. Average playing speed. Struggles in man coverage situations.

Analysis: Fitzpatrick is a solid football player with poor measurables but the ability to line up in a zone system if he plays well on special teams.


Full Name: Charles Garrett School: Nevada

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 215 40: 4.59 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who’s lined up at both safety and cornerback. Senior totals included 55 tackles, 1 INT and 10 PBUs.

Pos: Versatile defensive back with a developing game. Sized well, defeats blocks to make plays against the run and beats down opponents to break up passes. Works to keep the action in front of him, aggressive and displays a closing burst to the action.

Neg: Lacks deep speed and struggles in long coverage. Struggles staying on the receivers hip out of breaks. Does not display a great burst out of his plant.

Analysis: Garrett was a consistent performer for Nevada and offers the size to be used in a zone system as well as on special teams.


Full Name: Clayton Geathers School: Central Florida

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 218 40: 4.48 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter twice an All-conference selection.

Pos: Hard-working, run-defending safety best between the tackles. Keeps the action front of him, sells out to make plays and forceful up the field. Aggressive, wraps up when tackling and brings down runners at the point of attack. Solid straight-line burst of speed. Keeps the action front of him and displays solid instincts.

Neg: Struggles in man coverage situations. Lacks the quick, fluid and immediate change direction.

Analysis: Geathers has scheme and system limitations but is a tough football player in the mold of a conventional strong safety. He’s done much better than expected in the run-up to the draft, performing well at the Senior Bowl and combine. Geathers offers a good amount of upside potential and could produce as a rookie.


Full Name: Sharrod Golightly School: South Carolina

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 188 40: 4.58 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who lined up at South Carolina’s hybrid linebacker/safety position. Senior totals included 57 tackles after 47 tackles as a junior when he was awarded all-conference honors. Has one interception to his credit in college.

Pos: Underrated college safety with poor size/speed numbers. Displays a burst laterally as well as in a straight line, quick to the action and plays heads-up football. Picks up coverage assignments, displays good ball skills in the middle of the field and fast getting outside the flanks to make plays against passes. Shows good range, quick to close and works to get off blocks.

Neg: Not a big, sturdy safety. Does not time well in the 40. Will be overmatched at certain times in the NFL.

Analysis: Golightly comes up short with his measurables but on film he presents himself as a capable fourth safety in the NFL.


Full Name: Chris Hackett School: TCU

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 195 40: 4.69 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors the past two years. Junior totals included 75 tackles, 7 INTs and 6 PBUs after a career-best 88 tackles as a sophomore.

Pos: Slow footed safety with a terrific game. Displays great range in centerfield, works well with cornerbacks and possesses outstanding ball skills. Explodes to the action out of his plant, quickly locates passes in the air and instinctive. Effectively reads or diagnoses both passing and running plays, quick changing direction and nicely redirects to runners. Forceful and effective up the field on the blitz. Effortlessly changes direction or immediately alters his angle of attack without losing speed. Gets vertical and contorts to come away with interceptions. Willingly defends the run and drives his shoulders through bigger runners.

Neg: Has a thin build. Timed poorly in just about every drill at the combine.

Analysis: Hackett led by example on the field and plays much more athletic than his computer numbers would lend one to believe. His size/speed numbers will ultimately push him into the middle rounds but Hackett can start and produce if properly used at the next level.
Full Name: Jacob Hagen School: Liberty

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 206 40: 4.61 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-America and all-conference honors the past two seasons. Senior totals included 108 tackles, 8 INTs and 7 PBUs after 61 tackles and six interceptions the prior year.

Pos: Tough, hard-hitting safety best in the short field. Efficient, takes good angles to the action and quick getting to the ballhandler. Instinctive, remains disciplined with assignments and displays a sense of timing. Effectively reads receivers eyes then gets his head back around to track the pass. Tough run defender.

Neg: Lacks deep speed and a liability in center-field coverage. Lacks a quick closing burst. Does not show the ability to quickly get outside the numbers to the flanks.

Analysis: Hagen displayed a terrific head for the ball in both run defense and pass coverage and could be useful as a traditional strong safety or in a zone system.


Full Name: Justin Halley School: Florida International

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 190 40: 4.53 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who posted 45 tackles in 11 games last season after 53 tackles the prior season.

Pos: Tall, disciplined safety who stays with assignments. Patient, keeps the action in front of him and plays physical football. Flies around the play trying to defend passes.

Neg: Not a stout tackler and gets run over by opponents. Lacks a great closing burst.

Analysis: Halley offers solid size/speed numbers for the NFL but never translated that into consistent production . He’s a solid developmental prospect who should get consideration on a practice squad.


Full Name: Anthony Harris School: Virginia

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 183 40: 4.55 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who posted a career-best 108 tackles and 10 pass defenses last season. Junior totals included 8 interceptions.

Pos: Tall, rangy safety with solid ball skills. Takes good angles, tracks passes in the air and quickly closes to the play. Effective in zone, reads the quarterbacks eyes and displays good hands. Remains disciplined with assignments but the same time a hard hitter who aggressively goes after ball carriers. Good range in centerfield and consistently makes positive plays.

Neg: Possesses the thin build and not a strong wrap-up tackler. Does not consistently show a definitive move to the ball. Will lose out to bigger receivers.

Analysis: Harris was productive defending the run or covering passes for three seasons at Virginia and offers potential in a variety of systems. He needs to get a little stronger and more aggressive in coverage but has the ability to develop into a starter at the next level.
Full Name: Quentin Hayes School: Oklahoma

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 189 40: 4.53 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter at safety who posted a career-best 75 tackles and 6 pass defenses as a junior.

Pos: Aggressive and physical defensive back with good size. Effective on the blitz and works hard to make plays on the ball. Shows a burst out of his plant, excellent range and the ability to get outside the numbers in coverage.

Neg: Struggles making plays with his back to the ball. Comes up short in the areas of awareness, instincts and overall ball skills.

Analysis: Hayes is a size/speed prospect who’s flashed ability and could lineup as a dime back in zone coverage but must stand out on special teams.


Full Name: Gordon Hill School: Sacred Heart

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 220 40: 4.65 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors the past two seasons. Senior totals included a team-leading 104 tackles as well as 14.5 tackles for loss and 6 sacks. Totaled 85 tackles the prior year.

Pos:

Hard-working and aggressive safety who will get consideration at linebacker in the NFL. Moves well laterally, gives effort and goes after runners. Shows a burst to the action out of his plant. Quick up the field and willingly throws his pads into the action. Moves well laterally and in a straight line. Stays with coverage assignments and remains disciplined.

Neg: Not forceful on the blitz. Used mostly up at the line and neither polished not skilled in coverage.

Analysis: Hill is a physical presence on the football field and offers potential as a strong safety or one-gap linebacker.


Full Name: Gerod Holliman School: Louisville

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 218 40: 4.67 Year: 4Jr

Bio: First-year starter awarded All-American and All-conference honors last season after leading the nation with 14 interceptions. Also added 44 tackles last season.

Pos: Opportunistic safety who’s more reputation than reality. Does a good job with cover assignments in centerfield, effectively times pass defenses and shows a great burst bearing down on the play. Keeps his eyes on the football, displays good focus and possesses outstanding hands for interceptions. Plays heads-up football, contorts or adjusts to come away with the pick and is a ball magnet.

Neg: Does not consistently take proper angles to the action and very inefficient. Overruns plays. Gathers into tackles and does more hitting rather than wrapping up. Long speed is a concern and struggles staying with receivers downfield.

Analysis: Holliman comes off an ultra productive season where he was in the right place at the right time during much of the campaign. And while he deserves credit for his interception numbers he lacks the overall skills to make an impact at the next level.
Full Name: Kyshoen Jarrett School: Virginia Tech

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 200 40: 4.53 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who posted a career-best 88 tackles, 3 interceptions and 5 PBUs as a senior.

Pos: Undersized safety prospect best defending the run. Tough, aggressively goes after ball carriers and stout at the point of attack. Effective facing the action, keeps the play in front of him and displays good hands for interceptions. Quick up the field defending the run and wraps up when tackling. For the most part effectively reads and diagnoses plays.

Neg: Struggles in man situations and does a lot of face guarding. Average closing and recovery speed.

Analysis: Jarrett is a polished defensive back with size and athletic limitations but could fit a role at the next level as a zone safety and special-teams ace.


Full Name: Anthony Jefferson School: UCLA

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 198 40: 4.69 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior after 72 tackles, 1 INT and 8 PBUs.

Pos: Tough college safety best defending the run. Picks up assignments over the middle the field, effectively times his pass defenses and shows a nice burst to the ball. Aggressive, quick up the field defending the run and wraps up when tackling. Solid job diagnosing plays and shows ability in zone.

Neg: Does not always take correct angles to the action and late getting to the spot laterally. Struggles in man coverage situations and does a lot of face guarding.

Analysis: Jefferson is best as a traditional strong safety in a system where he’s able to face the action.


Full Name: Emmanuel Johnson School: Southern Mississippi

Ht: 5104 Wt: 177 40: 4.55 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who finished with 60 tackles and broke up 2 passes as a senior.

Pos: Average-sized safety who plays disciplined, assignment football. Stays with the action, does not bite on ball fakes and shows athleticism. Quick up the field defending run plays, takes good angles and has a burst of closing speed. Plays bigger than his listed size and goes for the knockout blow.

Neg: Has a thin frame. Possesses average ball skills and not very productive in coverage.

Analysis: Johnson was a consistent two-year starter and could have a place at the next level as a dime back/special teams player.


Full Name: Isaiah Johnson School: Georgia Tech

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 212 40: 4.54 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who missed the 2013 campaign with a knee injury. Totals last year included 64 tackles. Career-best numbers of 78 tackles and 3 interceptions came during his sophomore season.

Pos: Explosive run defending safety best between the numbers. Keeps the action in front of him, effectively reads plays and has a nice burst to the ball. Quick up the field, hard-hitting and wraps up when tackling. Reads the quarterbacks eyes, remains disciplined with assignments and effective in zone coverage.

Neg: Lacks great lateral speed and struggles getting outside the flanks. Has an injury history which must be checked out.

Analysis: Johnson possesses the size/speed numbers as well as the instincts to make a

roster as a strong/zone safety and can also lend a hand on special teams.


Full Name: Harold Jones- Quartey School: Findlay

Ht: 5106 Wt: 202 40: 4.59 Year: 4Sr

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Full Name: Keenan Lambert School: Norfolk State

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 211 40: 4.58 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who posted 52 tackles and 3 interceptions as a senior. Junior totals included 62 tackles.

Pos: Feisty, hard-working safety with a limited game. Aggressively goes after runners, fills the correct running lanes and works hard in all areas. Nicely tracks the pass in the air, shows good hands for the interception and times his pass defenses well.

Neg: Inefficient. Struggles getting off blocks of wide receivers. More of a straight-line safety.

Analysis: Lambert was productive for three years at Norfork State but comes with average size, speed and ball skills.


Full Name: John Lowdermilk School: Iowa

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 211 40: 4.55 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who posted a career-best 103 tackles and 3 interceptions as a senior.

Pos: Hard-working, run-defending safety best playing downhill. Aggressive, displays a good closing burst and wraps up tackling. Shows good recognition of coverage assignments and remains disciplined with responsibilities.

Neg: Shows little in the way of recovery speed. Struggles making plays in reverse and is a liability in downfield coverage.

Analysis: Lowdermilk was a hard-hitting run defender at Iowa but a bit one-dimensional and must earn his wage on special teams to play the next level.


Full Name: Michael Lowe School: California

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 214 40: 4.62 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 74 tackles and broke up 1 pass last season.

Pos: Hard-working safety with marginal size/speed numbers. Quick up the field defending the run, takes good angles to the action and a solid open field tackler. Drives his shoulders through opponents and displays the ability to get outside the numbers in pursuit of the action.

Neg: Possesses poor ball skills. Must work harder getting off blocks.

Analysis: Lowe comes off a somewhat disappointing senior campaign after showing flashes of next-level ability the prior two years. He’s a traditional strong safety who can also be used in a zone system but must make his mark on special teams.


Full Name: Ashely Lowery School: Kentucky

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 218 40: 4.62 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who posted a career-best 48 tackles and 2 interceptions as a senior.

Pos: Well-sized run defending safety best playing downhill. Effectively reads the action, quick up the field and wraps up when tackling. Keeps the play in front of him and picks up coverage assignments over the middle the field. Displays a fluid backpedal and the ability to flip his hips.

Neg: Takes poor angles to the action, overruns plays or misses tackles. Lacks the great closing burst. Average range in centerfield.

Analysis: Lowery is a one-dimensional run defending safety who will have to impress on special teams this summer.


Full Name: Derrick Malone School: Oregon

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 210 40: 4.55 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who finished with 85 tackles as a senior after leading the Ducks with 105 the prior year.

Pos: Undersized pursuit linebacker who may get consideration as a safety at the next level. Effective in space, gets depth on pass drops and covers a lot of area. Has a quick burst to the ball out of his plant, displays good closing speed and fast pursuing the action laterally. Fierce defending the run and gives effort. Flowing defender who quickly moves sideline-to-sideline.

Neg: Undersized and scheme specific. Marginally productive against passes in college.

Analysis: Malone was a consistent performer for the Oregon defense but lacks the size to stay at the linebacker position. His production defending the run and willingness to throw his body around the field will give him a chance as a backup strong safety/special and strong safety and on special teams.


Full Name: Dean Marlowe School: James Madison

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 203 40: 4.53 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter awarded All-conference honors since his freshman season. Posted a career-best 96 tackles and 4 interceptions last season.

Pos: Nice-sized safety with a streaky game. Moves well in every direction of the field, displays range as well as lateral speed. Works to keep the action in front of him, effectively diagnoses plays and aggressively goes after ball carriers. Wraps up tackling and a solid open field tackler. Hard hitter, works to intimidate opponents and dislodges the ball from players who come across the middle of the field.

Neg: Mistimes his pass defenses. Average burst to the ball out of his plant. Plays catch-up in deep coverage.

Analysis: Marlowe looks the part and occasionally plays to it but is a streaky defender still rough around the edges. More of a zone safety, he was a solid special-teams player in college, skills he’ll need at the next level.


Full Name: Ronald Martin School: LSU

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 200 40: 4.58 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who finished with 73 tackles, 2 INT’s and 9 PBUs as a senior.

Pos: Underrated safety prospect with a complete game. Instinctive, effectively anticipates plays and fires to the action. Reads the quarterbacks eyes, makes his move to the throw and shows good timing on pass defenses. Keeps the play in front of him, solid in underneath coverage and displays solid cover skills. Effectively covers slot receivers when asked to. Quick up the field defending the run and wraps up tackling.

Neg: Possesses average closing and recovery speed. Has totaled five interceptions in college. Played overweight at 218 pounds last season.

Analysis: Martin is a safety prospect who’s flown under the radar but has real potential at the next level as a backup in a zone system.


Full Name: Howard Matthews School: Texas A&M

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 215 40: 4.55 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who led Texas A&M last season with 82 tackles and 8 pass breakups.

Pos: Well-sized safety with an aggressive game. Works hard to defend the run, attacks assignments and shows a good closing burst. Effectively reads or anticipates the action, explodes to the ball out of his plant and plays with suddenness.

Neg: Slow reacting in coverage. Does not consistently take proper angles to the action. Shows little in the way of recovery speed.

Analysis: Matthews is a well-sized, run-defending safety who plays with a special-teams mentality. He could get consideration as the ninth defensive back in a zone system.


Full Name: Tevin McDonald School: Eastern Washington

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 195 40: 4.59 Year: 5Sr

Bio: UCLA transfer who’s been a three-year starter. All-conference selection as a senior after 78 tackles, 3 INTs and 7 PBUs. Posted just 43 tackles as a junior.

Pos: Explosive college safety coming off a breakout campaign. Effectively reads or diagnoses plays, forceful up the field and voluntarily defends the run. Displays a sense for the ball in coverage, plays smart, aware football and does not have breakdowns.

Neg: Shows just an average burst to the ball out of his plant and marginal closing speed. Loses his man in coverage on occasion. Does not aggressively go after runners.

Analysis: McDonald has shown flashes of next-level ability since his days at UCLA but comes with average size and does not play physical football.


Full Name: Mark Murphy School: Indiana

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 210 40: 4.62 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Four-year starter who posted a career-best 84 tackles as a junior.

Pos: Tough, run-defending safety best playing downhill. Competitive, sells out to make plays and effective in a straight line. Quick up the field, possesses a good closing burst and a hard hitter who lays it on the line.

Neg: At times does more hitting than wrapping up and is not a strong open field tackler. Possesses average ball skills and loses assignments in coverage. Average closing and recovery speed.

Analysis: Murphy is a try-hard college safety with limited physical skills. His special-teams mentality could help him find a roster spot next fall.


Full Name: Ryan Murphy School: Oregon State

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 210 40: 4.62 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 65 tackles as a senior after career-best 74 the prior year, when he also posted 3 interceptions.

Pos:

Underrated safety prospect who keeps the action in front of him. Effectively diagnoses plays, remains disciplined with assignments and wraps up tackling. Stays with opposing receivers in zone coverage and shows the ability to get outside the numbers making plays. Takes good angles to the action.

Neg: Struggles lining up over the slot receiver. Not fluid or smooth pedaling then flipping his hips in transition. At times too quick up the field and gets caught out of position. Inefficient, ducks his head and not a stout tackler.

Analysis: Murphy possesses the size and skill necessary to make it at the next level as a ninth defensive back/special teams player.


Full Name: Demarco Nelson School: Tulsa

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 192 40: 4.65 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter who missed the 2013 season with injury. Senior totals included 73 tackles, 1 INT and 2 PBUs. Career-best 86 tackles and 6 interceptions came during his freshman season.

Pos: Instinctive and productive safety with average size/speed numbers. Keeps the action in front of him, quick up the field defending the run and wraps up when tackling. Remains disciplined with assignments, takes good angles to the action and displays a closing burst. Effectively anticipates plays, shows good hands for interceptions and solid range moving laterally.

Neg: Minimally effective on the blitz. Average long speed and struggles staying downfield with receivers.

Analysis: Nelson was a consistent performer for Tulsa since his freshman campaign and possesses the instincts and ball skills to play in certain dime packages and on special teams.
Full Name: Damian Parms School: Florida Atlantic

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 211 40: 4.58 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who finished with a career-best 84 tackles last season. Intercepted one pass during his college career.

Pos: Tough, run-defending safety with poor ball skills. Quick up the field, fights to get off blocks and hard-hitting. Displays solid range in centerfield with the ability to get outside the numbers and help cornerbacks.

Neg: Marginally instinctive, late reacting to the play and indecisive. Lacks quick, fluid footwork moving in reverse.

Analysis: Parms is a well-sized but one-dimensional safety who will have to earn his wage on special teams.


Full Name: Demarkus Perkins School: Florida International

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 214 40: 4.61 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Junior-college transfer who led Florida International with 67 tackles last season.

Pos: Tough, hard-hitting defensive back with average size/speed numbers. Effective facing the action, displays a sense of timing and works hard to knock away the throw. Quick up the field defending the run and wraps up tackling. Displays speed in both a straight line as well as laterally and plays faster than his 40 time.

Neg: Guesses wrong, inefficient and takes himself from the action. Does not display great range.

Analysis: Perkins displayed significant development last season and will be given consideration as a strong safety/special teams prospect.


Full Name: Nick Perry School: Alabama

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 205 40: 4.55 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Started throughout his senior season posting 80 tackles, intercepting 2 passes and breaking up 6 more. Missed the 2013 season with an injured shoulder. Started

four games as a true junior in 2012.

Pos: Underrated safety prospect with a complete game. Instinctive, reads the quarterbacks eyes and effectively picks up coverage assignments in the middle the field. Plays heads-up football, works well with cornerbacks and fires up the field defending the run. Effectively times pass defenses, displays good hands for interceptions and constantly around the ball.

Neg: Displays average speed. Does not possess a great burst out of his plant. Lacks range in centerfield.

Analysis: Parry has physical limitations but is an instinctive defensive back best facing the action. He offers definite possibilities as a third safety in zone coverage.


Full Name: Cody Prewitt School: Mississippi

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 208 40: 4.59 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who’s been awarded varying degrees of All-America and all-conference honors since his sophomore season. Career high of 80 tackles came

during his sophomore year. Posted 6 interceptions as a junior. Senior totals included 64 tackles with 3 interceptions.

Pos: Nice sized safety best between the numbers. Heavy hitter who goes after runners and intimidates anyone who comes across the middle. Remains disciplined with assignments, displays an explosive closing burst and wraps up tackling. Effectively quarterbacks the secondary, getting his team in proper position. Sells out to make plays and goes for the strip. Displays solid lateral movement skills chasing the action.

Neg: Occasionally bites on play action passes which costs him. Lacks deep speed and struggles in man coverage.

Analysis: Prewitt has been very productive on the college level and projects nicely as a

strong safety or in a zone system.


Full Name: Damarious Randall School: Arizona State

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 196 40: 4.41 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Junior-college transfer who posted a career-best 106 tackles last season when he led Arizona State. Also recorded 3 interceptions and broke up 9 more passes.

Pos: Small but developing safety with a complete game. Instinctive, quick recognizing assignments and plays heads-up football. Explodes to the ball out of his plant, displays a burst of closing speed and a hard hitter. Keeps the action in front of him, aggressively moves up the field working to defend the run and also displays solid ball skills. Reads the quarterbacks eyes then makes his move to the throw. Nimble with excellent range in centerfield and easily gets outside the numbers making plays to the flanks. Effective over the slot receiver and gets his head back around to track passes in the air. Displays the ability to stay with opponents out of breaks and possesses solid ball skills. Sells out on the blitz. Wraps up tackling.

Neg: Despite his 40 time does not play with great long speed. Does not have a large build.

Analysis: Randall displayed tremendous development the past two years and is moving towards the draft as one of the fastest rising safeties on boards. He lacks classic size but is productive in all areas of the position and could break into a starting line up as a rookie.
Full Name: Floyd Raven School: Texas A&M

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 202 40: 4.45 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Part-time starter the past two seasons totaling 28 tackles as a senior. Has blocked kicks in the past.

Pos: Nice-sized, athletic safety who flashes ability but shows little consistency. Picks up coverage assignments in the middle of the field, runs laterally with opponents and works hard to defend the throw. Displays outstanding range, sideline-to-sideline speed and easily gets outside the numbers to make plays. Quick up the field to help defend the run or screen plays.

Neg: Average ball skills. Minimally productive in college.

Analysis: Raven is a terrific athlete but hasn’t translated his physical abilities into football production. Effective on special teams in college, his primary duties at the next level will be on coverage units.


Full Name: Adam Redden School: Buffalo

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 195 40: 4.69 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-conference honors as a junior. Posted a career-best 78 tackles last season.

Pos: Hard-working college defensive back with marginal physical skills for the next level. Quickly collapses to the action, displays sideline-to-sideline range and is a solid open field tackler. Gives effort and works hard to make plays. Primarily used as a linebacker.

Neg: Average instincts. Tends to overrun plays. Late arriving on the scene in coverage.

Analysis: Redden offers adequate defensive back size for the next level but poor speed and instincts. He’s a special-teams candidate who could be a camp casualty this summer.
Full Name: Jordan Richards School: Stanford

Ht: 5-10.5 Wt: 211 40: 4.60 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior after 79 tackles, 3 INTs and 5 PBUs. Led Stanford with 15 pass defenses as a sophomore in 2012.

Pos: Hard-working, run-defending safety best playing downhill. Displays a burst of straight-line speed, squares into runners and wraps up when tackling. Keeps the action in front of him, fires to the ball out of his plant and sells out to make the stop. Aggressive in all aspects of the game.

Neg: Lacks lateral speed and struggles getting outside the flanks. Cannot stay with receivers out of breaks. Struggles in man coverage situations.

Analysis: Richards is a well-built defensive back with possibilities as either a strong or zone safety and has the mentality to be a special-teams demon.


Full Name: James Sample School: Louisville

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 209 40: 4.50 Year: 3Jr

Bio: University of Washington transfer who led Louisville with 90 tackles last season while also totaling 4 interceptions and 8 PBUs.

Pos: Understated safety with a complete game. Fluid moving in every direction, effectively diagnoses plays and remains disciplined with assignments. Reads the quarterbacks eyes, shows good route recognition in zone coverage and has a nice move to the throw. Possesses solid ball skills, good hands for interceptions and a burst to the pass out of his plant. Takes good angles to the action, aggressively defends the run and wraps up when tackling. Athletic and contorts to make the difficult interception.

Neg: Lacks great long speed. Minimally productive except for one season on the college level.

Analysis: From start to finish, Sample was the most complete defensive back on the Louisville squad last season. He offers potential in a variety of systems and could be a surprise rookie in 2015.


Full Name: Joe Sarnese School: Villanova

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 202 40: 4.53 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-conference honors as a senior after totaling 78 tackles, intercepting four passes and breaking up five more.

Pos: Smart, instinctive safety best between the numbers. Aggressive, quick up the field defending the run and flies around the football. Instinctive, keeps the action in front of him and remains disciplined with assignments. Takes good angles to the action and works hard to get involved.

Neg: Struggles getting off blocks and is easily washed from the action. Not quick or fluid backpedaling and average ball skills.

Analysis: Sarnese was a productive college safety but has physical limitations. He projects as a traditional strong safety and comes with a special-teams mentality.


Full Name: Caleb Schaffitzel School: Missouri State

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 219 40: 4.67 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Four-year starter awarded All-America and all-conference honors since his sophomore campaign. Senior totals included 96 tackles and 11 pass defenses after career-best 111 tackles the prior year.

Pos: Tough, run-defending safety best in a straight line. Effectively diagnoses plays, quick up the field and takes good angles to the action. Displays a sense of timing, plays heads-up football and attacks runners. Takes on blocks and defeats them to get to the play. Solid special teamer who shows well on coverage units.

Neg: Lacks a great closing burst. Struggles in man coverage situations. Average quickness in his overall game and lacks top lateral speed.

Analysis: Schaffitzel was a tackling machine at Missouri State and will have a home at the

next level as a backup strong safety/special teams player.


Full Name: Johnathan Shuler School: Austin Peay

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 190 40: 4.53 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 64 tackles as a senior after a team-leading 76 the prior year.

Pos: Tough, run-defending safety with average size/speed numbers. Breaks down well, effectively anticipates the action and fluid moving about the field. Keeps the play in front of him, remains disciplined with assignments and voluntarily defends the run. Displays a burst of closing speed and the ability to go sideline-to-sideline.

Neg: Does not show much explosion. Average ball skills.

Analysis: Schuler was a productive run-defending safety in college and offers potential in a zone system if he plays well on special teams.


Full Name: Derron Smith School: Fresno State

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 200 40: 4.59 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his sophomore season. Senior totals included 93 tackles and 1 interception after 87 tackles and 7 interceptions as a junior. Struggled through his senior campaign with a sports hernia.

Pos: Tough, instinctive safety prospect with average speed. Efficient, takes good angles to the action and plays smart football. Effectively diagnoses plays, keeps the action in front of him and moves well in both a straight line or laterally. Recognizes routes in zone coverage, displays good range in centerfield and quickly closes to the ball. Aggressive and goes for the knockout blow.

Neg: Lacks great size and struggles bringing runners down at the point of attack. Does not possess great long speed.

Analysis: Smith is an intelligent and aggressive safety who gets the most from his ability and stays away from errors in judgment. Speed is a limiting factor but in the proper system he offers starting potential.


Full Name: Robert Smith School: Clemson

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Full Name: Jaquiski Tartt School: Samford

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 221 40: 4.44 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-America and all-conference honors since his sophomore season. Senior totals included 62 tackles and 1 PBU when he struggled through the season with injury. Junior numbers included 98 tackles after 94 as a sophomore.

Pos: Athletic safety with good size and a versatile game. Quick up the field defending the run. Displays a closing burst and explosive at the point. Remains disciplined with assignments in centerfield, gets depth on pass drops and moves well laterally. Works well with cornerbacks. Quick locating the ball and fast pursuing the action.

Neg: Indecisive in coverage. Inefficient and takes too many steps to the action. Does not always take proper angles to the play.

Analysis: Tartt is a physical specimen who’s been a dominant run defender while showing ability in coverage. He comes with tremendous upside and if coached properly could eventually break into a starting lineup.


Full Name: Robenson Therezie School: Auburn

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 206 40: 4.37 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who posted a career-best 57 tackles as a junior. Senior totals included 42 tackles and 6 pass breakups.

Pos: Athletically gifted prospect with an inconsistent game. Physical, works hard to defend the throw and remains disciplined with assignments. Mixes it up with opponents, sells out on the blitz and makes plays sideline-to-sideline. Displays speed in both a straight line as well as laterally and shows skill in zone coverage.

Neg: Does a lot of face guarding and struggles getting his head back around in man coverage. Late getting to the sidelines and trails the play when the balls in the air.

Analysis: Therezie is an athletic prospect who never developed in the secondary after lining up at Auburn’s star position, a hybrid linebacker/safety spot. He possesses the size and speed to grow into a dime back at the next level.


Full Name: Earnest Thomas School: Illinois

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 208 40: 4.68 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who posted a career-best 101 tackles as a junior.

Pos: Nice-sized safety coming off a disappointing season. Physical, works hard to get off blocks and is forceful up the field defending the run. Does a good job with coverage assignments, easily moves sideline-to-sideline and wraps up tackling. Displays quickness and explosion in his game.

Neg: Better making plays moving forwards then in reverse. Average speed.

Analysis: Thomas did well in an Illinois system that prioritized his run-defending responsibilities. He projects as a strong safety/special teams prospect at the next level.
Full Name: Cedric Thompson School: Minnesota

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 212 40: 4.53 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who posted a career-best 79 tackles as a junior when he led the Gopher defense.

Pos: Instinctive run-defending safety who keeps the action in front of him. Displays good awareness, quickly diagnoses plays and wraps up when tackling. Stays with assignments in centerfield and works well with cornerbacks.

Neg: Possesses average closing and recovery speed. Inefficient, takes too many steps to the action and occasionally overruns plays.

Analysis: Thompson is a well-sized safety with potential in a zone system but a prospect who must earn his living on special teams at the next level.


Full Name: Mykkele Thompson School: Texas

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 185 40: 4.62 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who posted 69 tackles, 1 interception and 2 PBUs as a senior.

Pos: Consistent college defensive back with poor size/speed numbers. Displays good range in centerfield, solid ball skills and gets outside the numbers to make plays. Remains disciplined with assignments, has an aggressive streak and works to defend the run. Squares and wraps up tackling.

Neg: Has a thin build and overmatched by tight ends. Possesses poor speed and will be a liability in downfield coverage.

Analysis: Thompson was a solid secondary player on the college level but comes with poor measurables. He possesses the ability to line up as a dime back/special teams player at the next level.


Full Name: Alan Turner School: Arkansas

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 205 40: 4.59 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who posted a career-best 97 tackles and 2 interceptions as a junior.

Pos: Tough, run defending safety best facing the action. Aggressive, goes after ball carriers and possesses a burst of closing speed. Solid range getting outside the numbers, displays a burst out of his plant and keeps the action front of him. Mixes it up with opponents and fights hard to defend the throw.

Neg: Lacks deep speed and struggles covering the long ball. Half step late in pass coverage and possesses minimal ball skills. Not forceful on the blitz.

Analysis: Turner was a tough run-defending safety and a serviceable prospect for a zone system.
Full Name: Lorenzo Waters School: Rutgers

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 205 40: 4.62 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who posted a career-best 71 tackles and two interceptions last season.

Pos: Underrated safety who plays bigger and faster than his computer numbers. Displays good range in centerfield, easily gets outside the numbers to the flanks and quick closing to the ball. Picks up coverage assignments in the middle of the field, has a burst to the ball and works hard defending the run.

Neg: Inefficient and does not consistently take proper angles. Usually a half step late arriving to the scene. Slow reacting in coverage.

Analysis: Waters is a solid zone safety prospect with special-teams ability.


Full Name: Braylon Webb School: Missouri

Ht: 5114 Wt: 207 40: 4.70 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior after posting 70 tackles and intercepting 4 passes. Career-high 89 tackles came during his junior season.

Pos: Underrated safety with nice size and ball skills. Quick up the field defending the run or stopping screen passes, wraps up tackling and willing to take on bigger opponents. Keeps the action in front of him, remains disciplined with assignments and plays smart football. Effectively tracks the ball in the air, works well with cornerbacks and plays heads-up football. Instinctive and does not make mental mistakes.

Neg: Lacks great lateral speed and slow getting to the sidelines. Will struggle in man coverage situations.

Analysis: Webb is an overlooked defensive back with the ball skills and intelligence to line up in a zone system at the next level.


Full Name: Jermaine Whitehead School: Auburn

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 197 40: 4.48 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who posted 36 tackles and 6 interceptions in nine games last season. Junior totals included a career-best 65 tackles.

Pos: Underrated safety with a good head for the ball. Shows skill in man coverage, range in centerfield and quickly gets outside the numbers in pursuit of the action. Effective facing the play, displays good route recognition and solid ball skills. Active and flies around the field working to stop ball carriers. Wraps up when tackling and brings opponents down in the open field.

Neg: Not a big-bodied safety. Slow transitioning to turn and run in man coverage. Despite his 40 time does not display a deep burst.

Analysis: Whitehead has been overlooked in the scouting community despite solid size/speed numbers and good ball production. He projects as an eighth defensive back who can be used in zone or occasionally placed over the slot receiver.


Full Name: Brison Williams School: South Carolina

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 205 40: 4.65 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who lined up at both cornerback and safety for South Carolina. Posted a team leading four interceptions last season as well as 34 tackles.

Pos: Solid college defensive back with average size/speed numbers for the next level. Keeps the action front of him, displays a burst to the ball out of his plant as well as closing speed. Flashes ability in man coverage, physical and works to make plays.

Neg: Lacks great lateral speed. Inefficient and takes improper angles to the play. Slow transitioning with opponents off the line.

Analysis: Williams is a solid college defensive back best facing the action. He’ll offer opportunities as a dime back in zone coverage.


Full Name: Jarrick Williams School: Alabama

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 218 40: 4.69 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Played 11 games last season totaling 14 tackles after starting 10 games as a junior and posting 24 tackles.

Pos: Solid zone safety prospect who plays smart football. Does not bite on playaction passes, stays with responsibilities and finds a way to make plays on the ball. Diagnoses the action, keeps the play in front of him and does a solid job over the slot receiver. Shows a burst to the ball out of his plant and plays faster than his 40 time.

Neg: Average quickness. Not a stout open field tackler. Has a history of knee injuries.

Analysis: After a solid junior season, Williams was squeezed from the starting lineup last year but was effective in a backup role. He has speed limitations but could be used as a ninth defensive back in zone coverage if he plays well on special teams.


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