Lacks top size, but has the instincts and energy to chase backs, excel on special teams. Potential strong safety was dismissed from Tennessee.
4. Terry Pierce (Kansas St. - 6-1, 260, 4.77)
Oversized classic inside linebacker also throws the shot put and discus, but no one will stand still for him in NFL. Can he be more than an inside-the-box player?
Hustles, hits and wraps up tackles with authority. Considered average at lateral pursuit and in diagnosing offenses.
6. Chaun Thompson (West Texas A&M - 6-1 240, 4.53)
Pride of the Lone Star Conference is a former track standout who excels in space, Much better at moving forward than retreating into coverage.
ON THE CUSP
Looks the part, bench presses over 400 pounds and has leadership qualities, but needs to stay lower and gain more depth on pass drops.
Undersized and has asthma, yet he has the speed of a running back. Better versed at edge rushing than playing in reverse.
Nephew of former Broncos wideout Ricky Nattiel has great aggressiveness. Lacks bulk and is occasionally out of control.
Scouting combine brought his rare package of size, speed and football skills to teams' attention. A bit mechanical in the open field, though.
Lance Briggs (Arizona); Angelo Crowell (Virginia); Clifton Smith (Syracuse); Robert Mathis (Alabama A&M); Khalid Abdullah (Mars Hill); Cie Grant (Ohio St.); Pisa Tinoisamoa (Hawaii); Sam Williams (Fresno St.); Eddie Moore (Tennessee).