Defensive back is by far the strongest unit of prospects from the small-school level.  Former Gator Janoris Jenkins notwithstanding, cornerback has two more potential top 100 draft picks with another four selections through the late rounds.

Defensive Backs

Rnd Full Name School Pos Yr Comments
1-2 Janoris Jenkins North Alabama CB 4Sr Terrific cover corner that has shown flashes of brilliance. Off the field issues forced him from Florida and shoulder issues could red-flag him.
2nd Trumaine Johnson Montana CB 4Sr Gifted small school cornerback with outstanding size/speed numbers. Offers a lot of upside and likely the initial non-IA player selected next April.
4th Ryan Steed Furman CB 4Sr Fluid, natural cornerback with terrific ball skills. Highly thought of in scouting circles. Best backed off the line of scrimmage.
5th Christian Thompson South Carolina St S 4Sr Aggressive, instinctive safety with a terrific head for the ball. Does not show great athleticism on the field yet constantly puts himself in a position to make plays.
5-6 Josh Norman Coastal Carolina CB 4Sr Smart and fundamentally sound cornerback with good ball skills. Terrific job reading and diagnosing the action. Deep speed may be an issue.
7th Asa Jackson Cal Poly CB 4Sr Skilled cornerback that can also be used as a return specialist.
7-FA Justin Haulcy-Bateman Cal Lutheran CB 5Sr Former quarterback that moved to corner as a junior. Limited football experience and just scratching the surface of his skills.
FA Vidal Nelson James Madison S 5Sr Big, quick safety with good speed. Best playing downhill and struggles in coverage.
FA Jerron McMillian Maine S 5Sr Devastating hitter that displays terrific explosion and suddenness in his game. Marginal ball skills and late arriving on the scene in coverage. Possible zone safety.
FA Yari King South Carolina State CB 4Jr
FA Marcus Lott Coastal Carolina S 4Sr Tough, aggressive safety that shows skill in the box or up the field.
FA Trevor Coston Maine S 5Sr Adequate athlete that displays solid sideline to sideline range yet lacks classic safety size and ball skills.
FA Torian Phillips Wagner CB 3Jr Undersized yet feisty cornerback that shows solid ball skills.
FA Matt Johnson Eastern Washington S 5Sr Straight line, downhill safety with a good head for the game.
FA Dominique McDuffie Appalachian State S 4Sr
FA Deshawn Shead Portland State S 5Sr Athletic safety with terrific size/speed numbers. Looks the part but does not make a lot of plays on the ball.
FA Micah Pellerin Hampton CB 5Sr
FA Antonio Dennard Langston CB 4Sr Small school corner with solid ball skills but average size/speed.
FA Daniel Eaves North Dakota State S 5Sr Heady safety with adequate ball skills.
FA Tremayne Graham Richmond CB 5Sr Adequate college cornerback that flashes skill in man coverage yet lacks the speed and quickness necessary for the next level.
FA Devonte Reynolds Norfolk State S 4Sr
FA Edward Gainey Appalachian State CB 4Sr
FA Laron Scott Georgia Southern CB 5Sr Tough aggressive cornerback that displays adequate ball skills.
FA Justin Bethel Presbyterian CB 4Sr
FA Jeremy Jones Wayne State CB 5Sr Dynamic small school safety with poor size/speed numbers for the next level.
FA Donovan Richard South Carolina State S 5Sr Physical college defender used at linebacker. Smart, tough and may have possibilities as a traditional strong safety.
FA Dominic Bell Grambling CB 4Sr Potential zone cornerback at the next level.
FA Rick Volcin Norfolk State S 4Sr
FA Jose Gumbs Monmouth S 5Sr
FA Andre Lyles Fayetteville State S 4Sr
FA Reshaude Miller Morgan State S 4Sr
FA Ian Wild Mercyhurst S 4Sr
FA Bryan Blanfort Southeast Missouri State S 5Sr
FA Jeremy Caldwell Eastern Kentucky CB 5Sr
FA Mike Allen James Madison CB 5Sr
FA Corey White Samford S 4Sr
FA A.J. Davis Jacksonville State CB 5Sr
FA Anthony Johnson Jackson State CB 6Sr One time highly rated prospect that hoped to return from injury yet was denied a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.