2006 Draft Preview: S Donte Whitner

The second safety prospect on most draft boars this year is Ohio State's Donte Witner, a two-year starter for the Big Ten champs. .NET's Ryan Rigmaiden takes a look at Witner's abilities and says he could be a nice fit in Seattle's deep patrol.

2. Donte Whitner, S Ohio State 5-10, 205 (4.40)

NFL Comparison - Mike Doss, Indianapolis Colts

Overview -

Very versatile; has played every position in the secondary, but projects as a safety in the NFL. Started as a sophomore and junior but has seen considerable playing time since he was a freshman. Has good speed, instincts and athleticism. Tackles well and shows a knack for blitzing. Had a knee injury as a sophomore, but played on it that same year. Is tough, has a passion for the game and has great instincts. Great athlete that should only get better.

Against the Pass -

Great range and versatility makes him very attractive in the eyes of scouts. Good ball skills and has good hands able to make the difficult catch. Can out-jump receivers for the ball and makes plays all over the field. Very, very solid in deep coverage and has great hips in transition.

Against the Run -

Makes plays in the box and tackles well. Can chase plays down from the backside and hits hard. Is very physical and is a reliable open-field tackler. Has a swagger about him.

Roster Impact for Seattle -

Witner's versatility would be an incredible asset for the Hawks. Because of Ken Hamlin's medical issues, he could be viewed as a free safety for the future while he plays in sub-packages. Is a great zone player and would flourish in Seattle's defensive scheme.

Final Analysis -

Witner's versatility and talent have earned him a high second round grade. He runs well, hits hard and has the kind of football intelligence that teams covet. He's the next in a long line of solid Buckeye defensive backs and has the potential to start immediately.


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