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2012 Safety Reports
Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 210
40: 4.58
Year: 4Sr

Antonio Allen

School: South Carolina
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior with totals of 81 tackles/3 interceptions/2 pass breakups. Junior numbers included 70/1/4. Played the Spur position for South Carolina, a hybrid outside linebacker/safety position.
Positive: Aggressive safety with a forceful game. Displays a good head for the ball, effectively diagnoses the action and plays with suddenness. Breaks down well, effectively uses his hands to protect himself and flows well to the action. Fast out to the flanks, shows a burst in a straight line and moves well in every direction of the field. Effective on the blitz, consistently defeats blocks and is a solid open-field tackler. Jams receivers at the line of scrimmage, slowing their release off the snap, locates the pass in the air and plays heads-up football. Crashes down the line of scrimmage giving effort to defend screen passes and the run.
Negative: Displays a marginal break to the ball out of his plant. Possesses just average recovery speed.
Analysis: Allen is a productive defensive back who shows skill in all areas and has a lot of upside. He may need time adjusting to a pure safety position, but has all the skills necessary to eventually develop into a starter at the next level.

Height: 5-10
Weight: 195
40: 4.55
Year: 5Sr

Drew Astorino

School: Penn State
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter who finished the season with 86 tackles/1 interceptions/6 pass breakups after he had 70/1/5 as a junior.
Positive: Hardworking, intelligent college defensive back with marginal upside for the next level. Smart, remains disciplined with assignments and works well with cornerbacks. Quick up the field and sells out to make plays. Displays a terrific burst out of his plant and shows the ability to get outside the numbers to make plays.
Negative: Easily blocked from the action. Struggles handling tight ends in coverage. Average ball skills.
Analysis: Astorino is a smart defender who gets the most from his skills. He lacks the size and overall ability to be anything other than a backup at the next level yet comes with a special teams mentality.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 200
40: 4.45
Year: 4Sr

Johnson Bademosi

School: Stanford
Position: S
Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons after seeing significant action with the first team as a sophomore. Senior totals included 48 tackles and seven pass defenses after 40 tackles and four pass breakups the prior year.
Positive: Aggressive college defensive back who displays a feel for pass coverage. Quickly picks up assignments, stays with responsibilities and shows skill in zone. Mixes it up with opponents throughout the action, works to keep the play in front of him and gives effort tackling. Quick up the field defending the run.
Negative: Lacks great ball skills. Marginal size and speed. Not a strong open-field tackler.
Analysis: Bademosi possesses minimal physical skills yet does not make mental mistakes on the field. He could line up in a zone system at the next level if he proves his worth on special teams.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 208
40: 4.61
Year: 5Sr

Sean Baker

School: Ball State
Position: S
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-conference honors the past two seasons. Senior totals included 95 tackles/2 interceptions/4 pass breakups despite struggling with a shoulder injury in the middle of the season. Junior totals included 88/2/10 after 61 tackles as a sophomore. Freshman totals included 94 tackles and 16 pass break-ups.
Positive: Tough, instinctive college safety who is best playing between the numbers. Aggressive defending the run, always willing to stick his pad into the pile and wraps up tackling. Instinctive, effectively reads or diagnoses the action and stays with his assignments. Is a reliable tackler.
Negative: Struggles getting off blocks and can be handled by receivers. Marginal quickness and burst in his game. Inefficient and will over pursues the action.
Analysis: Baker was a fiery college defender who threw his body around the field trying to stop opponents. He possesses marginal size/speed numbers for the next level and less than desirable ball skills, yet has the mentality which should help him stand out on special teams.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 213
40: 4.55
Year: 4Sr

Mark Barron

School: Alabama
Position: S
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-conference honors the past two seasons. Senior totals included 95 tackles/2 interceptions/4 pass breakups despite struggling with a shoulder injury in the middle of the season. Junior totals included 88/2/10 after 61 tackles as a sophomore. Freshman totals included 94 tackles and 16 pass defenses.
Positive: Forceful safety who impacts the game in all areas. Strong, remains disciplined with assignments and keeps the action in front of him. Displays solid ball skills, has a nice burst to the ball out of his break and displays better than average skills in man-to-man situations. All over the field; covers receivers deep or gets behind the line of scrimmage to make plays. Aggressive, explodes up the field and is a solid run defender. Displays good awareness, shows speed getting outside the numbers and is quick to the action. Nice timing and anticipation in pass defense.
Negative: Occasionally gets turned by receivers and loses positioning. Too often goes for the knockout blow rather than wrapping up ballcarriers. Occasionally takes improper angles to the action.
Analysis: Barron has been a force on the Alabama defense since his sophomore season and is an underrated safety who displays skill against the run and pass. He offers potential in a number of defensive systems at the next level and will contribute as a rookie if he's completely healthy.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 203
40: 4.6
Year: 5Sr

Ter'ran Benton

School: Iowa State
Position: S
Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons after seeing significant action with the first team as a freshman and sophomore. Senior totals included 66 tackles/3 interceptions/3 pass breakups after he had 58 tackles as a junior.
Positive: Forceful run-defending safety who is always willing to throw his shoulders into a ballcarrier. Displays a good degree of quickness in his game. Forceful up the field on the blitz.
Negative: He has poor footwork in reverse, loses transitioning to run with opponents and slow locating the pass in the air.
Analysis: Benton is a straight-line safety with an aggressive game, but he must be put in a system that does not ask him to play sideline to sideline. He must stand out on special teams this summer to have any chance of making a roster.

Height: 5-10
Weight: 210
40: 4.46
Year: 4Sr

Jordan Bernstine

School: Iowa
Position: S
Bio: Moved into the starting lineup as a senior and finished the season with 83 tackles while also breaking up two passes. Recorded four tackles as a junior.
Positive: Tough, explosive defensive back with a developing game. Remains disciplined with assignments, stays with coverage responsibilities over the middle of the field and plays stay at home football. Possesses a good head for the ball, takes good angles to the action and a solid run defender that quickly moves up the field and attacks ball carriers. Explosive at the point and drives through tackles. Displays a burst of straight line speed.
Negative: Lacks top range and not fast moving outside the numbers. Shows stiffness in his game. Hesitant locating the pass in the air.
Analysis: Bernstine followed up a terrific senior season with an outstanding pro day workout. He's a developmental prospect that would do well in a zone system and Bernstine should be an asset on special teams.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 200
40: 4.54
Year: 4Sr

Justin Bethel

School: Presbyterian
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his sophomore season and named to several All-American teams last year. Senior totals included a team-leading 87 tackles, four interceptions and six pass breakups. Posted 59/1/3 as a junior.
Positive: College cornerback who is best suited for safety at the next level. Aggressive, quick up the field and gives effort defending the run. Puts his shoulders into ballcarriers and is a strong open-field tackler who wraps up. Remains disciplined with assignments, effectively diagnoses the action and displays a good move to the throw. Has a long build that allows him to get vertical and defend passes. Picks up coverage assignments at safety and displays good route recognition. Solid special teams player who produced on coverage units.
Negative: Gets tall in his backpedal. Does not display a good sense of timing at cornerback. Average top-end speed.
Analysis: Bethel was a productive cornerback for Presbyterian but also stood out on the occasions he lined up at safety. He possesses the wherewithal, disposition and physical makeup to play the position in the NFL and is a prospect who should also do well on special teams.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 208
40: 4.67
Year: 4Sr

Robert Blanton

School: Notre Dame
Position: S
Bio: Senior totals included 70 tackles/2 interceptions/6 pass breakups in 13 starts. Posted 52 tackles and two interceptions as a junior when he started one game. Played in eight games with the first team as a sophomore, finishing with 38/2/2.
Positive: Nice-sized college cornerback who will get consideration at safety in the NFL. Displays good route recognition, has a nice move to the throw and a quick burst to the action. Works hard to get up the field to defend screen passes or running plays and is a solid open-field tackler. Has a physical nature and makes good decisions.
Negative: Loses transitioning with opponents off the line. Lacks a quick and fluid backpedal. Struggles staying with receivers out of breaks and gets turned on occasion.
Analysis: Most effective facing the action, Blanton would be best as a zone cornerback or safety and comes with a special teams mentality.

Height: 5-9
Weight: 190
40: 4.6
Year: 5Sr

Wade Bonner

School: Mississippi State
Position: S
Bio: Moved into the starting lineup on a full-time basis last season, recording 66 tackles and breaking up four passes. Junior totals included 39 tackles, when he started a pair of games.
Positive: Instinctive safety with marginal size/speed numbers. Displays good awareness in zone coverage, quickly locates the ball and shows good change-of-direction ability. Solid open-field tackler who squares and wraps up ballcarriers. Keeps the action in front of him and displays good cover skills in the intermediate field.
Negative: Not a forceful safety. Loses transitioning to run downfield with opponents. Struggles making plays with his back to the ball.
Analysis: Bonner possesses marginal upside for the next level but could find space on a roster as a zone safety if he proves his worth on special teams.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 203
40: 4.55
Year: 5Sr

Josh Bush

School: Wake Forest
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior after totals of 59 tackles/6 interceptions/5 pass breakups. Junior numbers included 33 tackles and four passes defended.
Positive: Opportunistic defensive back with a nice feel for coverage. Picks up assignments, displays the ability to get outside the numbers and effectively tracks the ball in the air. Displays good speed in every direction, shows a nice move to the ball and keeps the action in front of him. Effectively reads the quarterback's eyes, displays solid instincts and shows skill when placed over the slot receiver. Possesses good hands, chases the action hard and works to defend the run.
Negative: Needs to improve his backpedal. Overpursues the action on occasion. Possesses average size/speed numbers.
Analysis: Bush is an underrated safety who consistently comes up with a big play during a game's important moments. He's a tough defender with the ability to be used in several defensive systems at the next level and could be an asset as a dime back.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 202
40: 4.62
Year: 5Sr

D.J. Campbell

School: California
Position: S
Bio: Posted 71 tackles/2 interceptions/3 breakups as a senior when he became a full-time starter. Junior totals included 21 tackles.
Positive: Underrated safety with a developing game. Effectively diagnoses the action, quick up the field and displays a nice move to the throw in coverage. Displays an outstanding burst of closing and recovery speed, aggressively defends the run and wraps up tackling. Throws his body around the field to make plays. Shows good quickness.
Negative: Marginal skills in coverage, all too often chasing opponents rather then making plays on the ball. Too quick up the field at times and gets caught out of position.
Analysis: Campbell displayed steady progress in his game the past two years and has been overlooked in the scouting community. He has enough ability to line up as a zone safety and comes with a special teams mentality.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 210
40: 4.65
Year: 4Sr

Austin Cassidy

School: Nebraska
Position: S
Bio: Senior totals included 70 tackles/2 interceptions/4 pass breakups, when he became a full-time starter. Posted 48 tackles as a junior, playing seven games with the first team.
Positive: Tough straight-line safety who is best playing downhill. Remains disciplined with assignments, effectively diagnoses the action and quickly gets up the field to help defend the run. Effective when he squares into tackles and wraps up. Quarterbacks the Cornhusker secondary.
Negative: Marginal ball skills and struggles in coverage situations. Lacks the quick change-of-direction and struggles to immediately alter his angle of attack.
Analysis: Cassidy is a physical defensive back but a limited athlete who struggles playing sideline to sideline. He's best as a conventional strong safety or potentially in a zone system, but he must perform well on special teams.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 211
40: 4.71
Year: 5Sr

Sean Cattouse

School: California
Position: S
Bio: Moved in with the first team on a full-time basis last season after being a part-time starter the prior two years. Senior totals included 75 tackles and two interceptions after 59 tackles and one interception as a junior.
Positive: Well-sized, straight line safety best defending the run. Quick up the field, displays a good head for the ball and sifts through the trash to get to the action. Breaks down well, uses his hands to protect himself and plays with an aggressive streak. Remains disciplined with assignments and works to keep the action in front of him.
Negative: Best between the numbers and displays marginal lateral speed. Inconsistent tackler. Minimally effective in man coverage situations playing over the slot receiver. Does not display the ability to burst to the ball out of his plant or stay with receivers out of breaks. Does not show good feel for coverage and loses the ball in the air.
Analysis: Cattouse has been a tough run defender the past two years yet shows limitations in coverage. He's a potential strong safety prospect who must stand out on special teams this summer to make a roster.

Height: 5-9
Weight: 199
40: 4.41
Year: 5Sr

Trevor Coston

School: Maine
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-American and all-conference honors last season with defensive totals of 83 tackles/6 interceptions/9 pass breakups and an average of 9.7 yards on 21 returns with one score. Junior totals included 74 tackles and one interception.
Positive: Small but productive safety with a versatile game. Effectively reads and diagnoses the action, takes good angles to the play and shows great quickness. Possesses a good head for the ball, voluntarily defends the run and has an explosive burst to the action. Displays good ball skills and has good hands for interceptions. Terrific punt returner who sets up blocks and follows them everywhere on the field.
Negative: Inefficient. Not overly aggressive and gathers into tackles. Does more hitting rather than wrap-up tackling.
Analysis: Coston is an underrated prospect with the ability to make an NFL roster as an eighth defensive back/special teams player.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 201
40: 4.52
Year: 4Sr

Matt Daniels

School: Duke
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior after posting totals of 126 tackles/2 interceptions/14 pass breakups. Junior numbers included 93/1/7.
Positive: Active college safety with a solid size/speed numbers. Effective run defender who chases the action hard, squares into ballcarriers and wraps up when tackling. Breaks down well, explosive at the point of attack and shows a nice burst to the play. Remains disciplined with assignments and effectively reads the action. Fights hard to defend the throw and has adequate coverage skills between the numbers or in the underneath field.
Negative: Struggles taking on blocks. Possesses marginal ball skills.
Analysis: Daniels was very productive on the college level and projects as a zone safety/special teams player.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 208
40: 4.55
Year: 4Sr

Tony Dye

School: UCLA
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter who struggled with back and ankle injuries last season, finishing the year with just 23 tackles. Junior totals included a career-best 96 tackles/1 interceptions/8 pass breakups. Intercepted just a single pass in his college career.
Positive: One-time highly rated safety who struggled to elevate his game. Solid run defender and wraps up when tackling. Fluid moving in every direction, can get outside the numbers and displays the ability to make plays on the ball. Plays with an aggressive style and attacks ballcarriers. Efficient and takes good angles to the action. Solid straight-line burst of speed.
Negative: Looked indecisive, lacked instincts as a senior and was very hesitant. Struggles in man coverage situations. Gets caught up the field at times.
Analysis: As a sophomore Dye showed flashes of being a top safety prospect but his game regressed. Unlikely to be drafted, he's a free agent prospect who will have to make it on special teams and work his way into dime packages.

Height: 5-9.5
Weight: 189
40: 4.55
Year: 4Sr

Eddie Elder

School: Arizona State
Position: S
Bio: Junior college transfer who's started the past two seasons, posting 66 tackles/1 interception/1 pass breakup as a senior and 64/2/3 as a junior.
Positive: Undersized safety who plays with an aggressive style. Displays good range on the field, fast out to the flanks and makes plays outside the numbers. Goes after ballcarriers and delivers some tough hits. Solid special teams' player who gets down the field on coverage units to make the tackle.
Negative: Easily disrupted by blocks or taken from the action by receivers. Possesses poor ball skills and makes a lot of plays late. Does not consistently take proper angles to the action and gets caught out of position.
Analysis: Elder possesses marginal physical skills but gives top effort. He could flourish in a zone system but must make his mark on special teams, which is something he did well in college.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 206
40: 4.59
Year: 4Sr

Albert Evans

School: Purdue
Position: S
Bio: Two-year starter who finished with 73 tackles/2 interceptions/4 pass breakups as a senior after posting 37 tackles the prior year.
Positive: Hard-hitting safety who displays ability in zone coverage. Keeps the action in front of him, works well with cornerbacks and remains disciplined with assignments. Shows speed getting to the flanks and possesses a solid closing burst. Goes hard and a tough run defender who's also a solid open-field tackler. Gets vertical, adjusts and makes a lot of plays against the ball in coverage.
Negative: Possesses average ball skills. Lacks top speed for a true center fielder.
Analysis: Evans has displayed steady progress in his game the past two seasons yet lacks the top size/speed numbers for the next level. He offers possibilities as a backup in a zone system and on coverage units as a special teams player.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 203
40: 4.49
Year: 4Sr

Chad Faulcon

School: Montclair State
Position: S
Bio: Three year starter awarded All-American and all-conference honors last season. Senior totals included 73 tackles/3interceptions/7 pass break ups after 67/1/6 the prior year.
Positive: Nice sized safety with a good head for the ball. Effectively diagnoses the action, stays with assignments and shows a burst to the play. Breaks down well, uses his hands to protect himself and effectively covers the pass in the short field. Takes good angles to the action, squares into tackles and wraps up tackling. Aggressively goes after ball handlers.
Negative: Must improve his backpedal. Not quick moving in reverse. Primarily used in the box at Montclair State.
Analysis: Faulcon is a solid small school prospect with the ability to be kept on a roster as a ninth defensive back if he plays well on special teams.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 207
40: 4.65
Year: 4Sr

Blake Gideon

School: Texas
Position: S
Bio: Four-year starter who finished with 84 tackle and 2 interceptions as a senior after posting junior totals of 68/2/4 pass breakups.
Positive: Hard-hitting, run-defending safety who sells out to defend screen passes or run plays and sacrifices his body to make the tackle. Keeps the action in front of him, flashes skill in zone coverage and shows a solid break to the ball out of his plant. Squares into ballcarriers and wraps up.
Negative: Lacks top range and is late getting to the flanks or outside the numbers in coverage. Marginal closing speed. Drag-down tackler.
Analysis: Gideon lacks speed and athleticism for the next level but is a competitive defender who does whatever's necessary to make plays. He comes with a special teams mentality, which will be his best opportunity at the next level.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 208
40: 4.65
Year: 5Sr

Jose Gumbs

School: Monmouth
Position: S
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his freshman season. Named to several All-American teams as a senior after totaling 75 tackles/2 interceptions/7 pass breakups. Junior totals included 76/1/9. Had 95 tackles as a sophomore, when he also spent time at linebacker.
Positive: Well-built safety who is best defending the run. Quick up the field, lays his shoulders into ballcarriers and is a hard hitter. Remains disciplined with assignments, shows skill as an open-field tackler and is effective covering the pass between the numbers. Solid special teams player.
Negative: Hesitant reacting in coverage. Inefficient and does not always take correct angles to the action. Lacks great lateral speed.
Analysis: Gumbs has been a productive run-defending safety the past four seasons and will get consideration as a backup in a zone system or as a conventional strong safety.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 218
40: 4.62
Year: 4Sr

Winston Guy

School: Kentucky
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 120 tackles/2 interceptions/2 pass breakups as a senior after posting 106/3/2 the prior year. Posted 60 tackles as a sophomore.
Positive: Tough run-defending safety who is best between the numbers. Explodes up the field, effectively uses his hands to protect himself and quickly gets to the ballcarrier. Displays a burst to the action, easily changes direction and aggressively lays his shoulder pads into ballcarriers. Works hard in run defense and is fast bearing down on ballcarriers.
Negative: Possesses marginal ball skills and does not show a good feel for coverage. At times does more hitting than wrap-up tackling, which results in extra yardage for the opposition.
Analysis: Guy was a productive run defender for Kentucky who also flashed skill facing the action against the pass. He's a traditional strong safety type who also comes with a special teams mentality.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 216
40: 4.5
Year: 5Sr

Brandon Hardin

School: Oregon State
Position: S
Bio: Two-year starter who missed the 2011 season with a broken shoulder. Junior totals of 2010 included 63 tackles and three pass defenses. Sophomore numbers included 29/1/4. Lined up at cornerback for Oregon State.
Positive: Aggressive and athletic defensive back with outstanding size/speed numbers. Strong, physical and works hard in all areas. Quickly comes up the field to defend the run and wraps up when tackling. Mixes it up with opponents throughout pass routes and shows good timing in coverage. Plays smart football and effectively reads or diagnoses the action.
Negative: Not quick transitioning with receivers off the line and loses a half step from the snap of the ball. Lacks top-end speed and struggles staying downfield with opponents. Struggles making plays with his back to the ball.
Analysis: Hardin was well thought of coming into his senior season before being sidelined with the shoulder injury. He's a versatile defensive back who can line up at safety or be used as a zone cornerback. Hardin possesses the physical skills to play at the next level yet must prove he's healthy and get his game back to where it was in 2010.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 201
40: 4.62
Year: 5Sr

Tysyn Hartman

School: Kansas State
Position: S
Bio: Former backup quarterback who moved to safety as a sophomore and started the next three seasons. All-conference selection as a senior after making 69 tackles and breaking up three passes. Junior numbers included 86 tackles/2 interceptions/1 pass breakup.
Positive: Adequately sized safety who is best defending the run. Effectively reads the action, takes good angles to plays and works well with cornerbacks. Displays timing in pass defense and picks up assignments over the middle of the field.
Negative: Lacks a quick backpedal and loses transitioning to run with opponents down the field. Struggles staying with receivers out of their breaks. Lacks quick and fluid change-of-direction ability and cannot go sideline to sideline. Not a strong tackler.
Analysis: Hartman plays smart, tough football but has marginal upside for the next level. He could find a home in a zone defense if he plays well on special teams.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 211
40: 4.63
Year: 4Sr

Karnell Hatcher

School: LSU
Position: S
Bio: Started three games at linebacker last season, totaling 23 tackles and breaking up one pass. Full-time starter as a junior, posting a career-high 64 tackles and breaking up two throws.
Positive: Nice-sized defensive back with an incomplete game. Fights hard to get off blocks, stays on his feet and displays a good head for the ball. Flows well to the play, quickly locates the action and recognizes pass routes in zone coverage. Takes good angles to the play, is aggressive and chases hard to defend the run. Remains disciplined with assignments and is a solid open-field tackler.
Negative: Marginally productive in college. Minimal ball skills. Never truly developed at the safety position.
Analysis: Hatcher displays a lot of toughness and is an effective run defender in the box. He possesses the size and skill necessary to be a strong safety at the next level, but must improve his play when the ball is in the air.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 208
40: 4.55
Year: 5Sr

Aaron Henry

School: Wisconsin
Position: S
Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons, winning all-conference honors after both years. Senior totals included 62 tackles/3 interceptions/7 pass breakups after he had 58/2/9 as a junior.
Positive: Strong, run-defending safety who is best facing the action. Remains disciplined with coverage assignments, displays a good head for the action and keeps the play in front of him. Very quick up the field to help defend running plays or screen passes. Displays good hands for the interception.
Negative: Lacks top speed out to the sidelines. Does not always take proper angles to the action. Not a strong wrap-up tackler.
Analysis: Henry was a solid college safety and offers the size/speed numbers to be a serviceable player at the next level. He must elevate his game and consistently makes proper choices on the field to have any chance of making an active roster.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 215
40: 4.63
Year: 4Sr

Trulon Henry

School: Illinois
Position: S
Bio: Junior college transfer who started the past two seasons at safety and linebacker. Totals last season included 41 tackles and two interceptions. Missed the end of the season after being shot in the hand. Junior totals included 64 tackles and three interceptions. Will be 28 years old in October.
Positive: Nice-sized defensive back with an incomplete game. Fights hard to get off blocks, stays on his feet and displays a good head for the ball. Flows well to the play, quickly locates the action and recognizes pass routes in zone coverage. Takes good angles to the play, is aggressive and chases hard to defend the run. Remains disciplined with assignments and is a solid open-field tackler.
Negative: Average ball skills and struggles in man-to-man situations. Inefficient and does not always take correct angles the action. Age is an issue.
Analysis: Hatcher displays a lot of toughness and is an effective run defender in the box. He possesses the size and skill necessary to be a strong safety at the next level, but must improve his play when the ball is in the air.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 210
40: 4.61
Year: 4Sr

Delano Howell

School: Stanford
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his sophomore season. Totals last year included 52 tackles with four passes broken up. Junior numbers included 62 tackles and a team-high five interceptions.
Positive: Instinctive defensive back with marginal size/speed numbers. Remains disciplined with assignments, puts himself in a position to make plays on the ball and gives effort until the whistle blows. Plays with pain and flies around the football. Quick up the field to defend screen passes and wraps up when tackling. Takes good angles to the action, displays a burst of closing speed and shows the ability to get outside the numbers to make plays on the ball.
Negative: Lacks classics measurables for the safety position. Cannot drive to the throw out of his plant.
Analysis: Howell was a productive leader for Stanford and got the most from his ability. He offers potential in a zone system at the next level yet is a prospect who must produce on special teams to make a final roster.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 213
40: 4.62
Year: 5Sr

Duke Ihenacho

School: San Jose State
Position: S
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his sophomore season. Senior totals included 73 tackles/1 interceptions/6 pass breakups after 89/1/5 as a junior in 2009. Played in two games to start the 2010 campaign then was sidelined with a knee injury.
Positive: Strong, physical safety with an explosive game. Sells out in run defense, delivers crunching hits and goes hard after the ballcarrier. Quickly diagnoses plays, fluid changing directions and has the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack. Breaks down well, has an explosive burst of closing speed and takes good angles to the action. Displays good anticipation in coverage, has solid range in center field and plays with great suddenness.
Negative: Has poor hands for interceptions and average ball skills. Struggles in one-on-one coverage situations.
Analysis: Ihenacho was productive on the college level and is constantly around the ball making plays. He's a legitimate NFL prospect who can line up at strong safety and in a zone system, and he should be productive on special teams.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 225
40: 4.6
Year: 4Sr

George Iloka

School: Boise State
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior after registering 58 tackles and breaking up one pass. Junior numbers included 63 tackles with two interceptions. Posted a career-best four interceptions as a freshman.
Positive: Tall, athletic safety with upside. Covers a lot of area in center field, goes sideline to sideline and remains disciplined with assignments. Effectively recognizes routes in zone coverage, displays the ability to drive to the ball out of his plant and possesses a closing burst of speed. Effortlessly flows to the action and displays the ability to stay with receivers out of breaks. Quick up the field to defend the run, explosive at the point and wraps up tackling. Works well with cornerbacks.
Negative: Does not consistently take proper angles to the action or show great efficiency on the field. Struggles in man coverage situations and trails opponents too much. Shows stiffness in his game on occasion.
Analysis: Iloka is a fine looking athlete who has flashed ability at free safety, effectively stopping the run and defending the pass. He needs to polish his game before he'll be ready to step into a starting lineup at the next level, but he offers potential in a variety of defensive systems.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 212
40: 4.6
Year: 4Sr

Damien Jackson

School: Mississippi
Position: S
Bio: Junior college transfer who started the past two seasons, finishing with 64 tackles/1 interception/1 pass breakup as a senior after posting 68 tackles and four pass defenses the prior year.
Positive: Nice-sized safety who is best making plays in the box. Displays a burst of straight-line speed, works to get up the field and wraps up when tackling. Aggressive, always willing to lay a shoulder pad into ballcarriers and works hard to get off blocks. Easily redirects to ballcarriers. Works well with cornerbacks.
Negative: Marginal ball skills and is usually a half step late in coverage. Overpursues the action and takes himself from plays on occasion.
Analysis: After displaying a lot of potential as a junior, expectations were high for Jackson in 2011, but he missed the mark. He offers possibilities as a traditional strong safety, but must play in a system that reduces his area responsibilities.

Height: 5-10
Weight: 199
40: 4.6
Year: 4Sr

Kenji Jackson

School: Missouri
Position: S
Bio: Two-year starter who made 76 tackles/3 interceptions/4 pass breakups as a senior and 60/2/5 as a junior.
Positive: Adequate college safety with marginal upside. Plays with an aggressive streak, displays terrific quickness in his game and moves well sideline to sideline. Quick up the field to defend screen passes or running plays. Displays solid lateral speed and the ability to get outside the numbers in coverage. Aggressive in all aspects.
Negative: Indecisive in man-to-man coverage situations. Bites on play-action passes and does not take proper angles to the action. Not a not a strong open-field tackler.
Analysis: Jackson gets the most from his ability yet lacks the natural skills to play in the NFL. He could make a roster as a ninth defensive back if he stands out on coverage units.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 216
40: 4.6
Year: 5Sr

Matt Johnson

School: Eastern Washington
Position: S
Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his freshman season. Senior totals included 52 tackles and two interceptions in five games before he suffered a season-ending biceps tendon injury. Junior totals included 105 tackles/5 interceptions/8 pass breakups. Posted 101 tackles as a sophomore.
Positive: Tough run-defending safety who is best in a straight line. Effectively reads the action, directs his teammates in the secondary and forces his way up the field to make plays against the run. Squares into ballcarriers, goes for the knockout blow and is aggressive in all aspects of the game. Remains disciplined with coverage assignments in the middle of the field.
Negative: Lacks top sideline-to-sideline range and struggles getting outside the numbers to make plays. Loses a lot of momentum when he must immediately change direction.
Analysis: Johnson has been a very productive safety and possesses enough skill to get consideration as a conventional strong safety/special teams player at the next level.

Height: 5-9.5
Weight: 197
40: 4.56
Year: 4Sr

Jeremy Jones

School: Wayne State
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-American and all-conference honors since his junior season. Totals last year included 106 tackles/9 interceptions/5 pass breakups after he had 68/5/5 the prior year.
Positive: Well-rounded defensive back with a complete game. Fluid, fast and plays with suddenness. Terrific run defender who fires up the field and sells out to stop ballcarriers. Quickly changes direction, displays the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack and plays with an aggressive attitude. Stays with coverage assignments, effectively reads the quarterback's eyes and displays a nice move to the throw. Terrific range in center field with the ability to get outside the numbers and make plays. For the most part displays good instincts on the field.
Negative: Rarely used in man coverage situations last year. Despite his numbers, not a strong tackler and drags down opponents. To quick up the field on occasion and gets caught out of position. Average size/speed numbers for the next level.
Analysis: Jones played tough, smart football on the small school level and was very productive. He offers starting potential at the next level if plugged into the right system and at the very least could be a special teams standout.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 192
40: 4.55
Year: 4Sr

Kevin Kroboth

School: Temple
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter used at safety and cornerback. Senior totals included 76 tackles/3 interceptions/7 pass breakups after he had 31 tackles and one interception as a junior.
Positive: Tough downhill safety who flies around the ball. Instinctive, aggressive in all aspects of the game and displays awareness on the field. Effectively diagnoses plays, remains disciplined with assignments and puts himself in a position to make plays on the ball. Takes good angles to the action and shows a sense of timing and anticipation.
Negative: Possesses limited speed and quickness. Struggles getting outside the numbers to make plays. Just an average closing burst to the action.
Analysis: Kroboth is a limited athlete who makes the most of his ability. He projects as a conventional strong safety and could make an impact on special teams.

Height: 6-4
Weight: 220
40: 4.55
Year: 5Sr

Emmanuel Lamur

School: Kansas State
Position: S
Bio: Former safety switched to linebacker as a senior, totaling 83 tackles and 6 tackles for loss. Junior totals included 46 tackles.
Positive: Size/speed prospect with an undeveloped game. He's aggressive, delivers hard hits and lays his shoulders into ballcarriers doling out punishment. Works hard to get involved in the action, quick up the field and is a solid tackler. Effective blitzer who sells out off the edge. He's quick filling gaps in run defense. Remains disciplined with assignments.
Negative: Does not take proper angles to the action. Marginally instinctive. Does not play to his 40 time.
Analysis: Lamur looks the part but has been inconsistent and hasn't quite developed on the field as scouts hope. His measurables are enticing and could help him catch on as a backup linebacker or strong safety.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 197
40: 4.65
Year: 4Sr

Marcus Lott

School: Coastal Carolina
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 41 tackles and broke up four passes as a senior after putting up 67 tackles/2 interceptions/3 pass breakups the prior year. Big South Football Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2011 as well as an Academic All-American.
Positive: Tough and smart run-defending safety who is best playing downhill. Displays a good head for the ball, gets his teammates in proper position and remains disciplined with assignments. Fluid pedaling in reverse and effective covering receivers in a short field. Aggressive and has a burst to the action. Forcefully makes his way up the field, always willing to throw pad into the pile and a solid open-field tackler. Squares into ballcarriers and brings them down at the point of attack.
Negative: Lacks lateral range and does not display top speed to the sidelines. Average ball skills in center field.
Analysis: Lott was a terrific college player who excelled in the classroom and on the field, but lacks top size/speed numbers for the next level. He'll get looks by a zone defense but must make his mark on special teams.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 218
40: 4.68
Year: 4Sr

Andre Lyles

School: Fayetteville State
Position: S
Bio: Led the team in tackles as a senior, posting 60 tackles/1 interception/3 pass breakups after 69/6/9 as a junior when he ranked second on the defense in tackles.
Positive: Opportunistic defensive back who makes a lot of plays on the ball. Athletic, plays faster than his 40 time and displays good range with the ability to get outside the numbers to make plays. Keeps the action in front of him, works well with cornerbacks and makes a lot of plays on the field. Strong open-field tackler who brings ballcarriers down on initial contact. Breaks down well and effectively uses his hands to protect himself.
Negative: Takes improper angles to the action against the run. Marginally instinctive and does not always display good wherewithal.
Analysis: Lyles possesses the physical skills to backup at a number safety positions and has shown playmaking ability in the past. His size and speed alone are worth bringing him into a camp, and Lyles' football skills should secure him a spot on a practice squad.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 206
40: 4.71
Year: 4Sr

D'Anton Lynn

School: Penn State
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 49 tackles/1 interceptions/8 pass breakups as a senior after posting junior totals of 75/3/4.
Positive: College cornerback who projects to safety in the NFL. Aggressive, works hard to get involved in the action and quickly gets up the field to defend the run. Easily changes direction, fluid opening his hips and loses nothing in transition. Displays a sense of timing in pass defense. Quickly closes to the action. Aggressive, lays his shoulders into ballcarriers and is a solid open-field tackler.
Negative: Lacks a quick and fluid backpedal. Really does not drive to the ball out of his plant. Indecisive in coverage.
Analysis: Lynn has been a solid college player, but he does not consistently play at the level scouts think he's capable of. He's a tough run defender who must improve his play in coverage, and Lynn could be a very good dime back/special teams player at the next level.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 206
40: 4.55
Year: 5Sr

Desmond Marrow

School: Toledo
Position: S
Bio: Two-year starter who primarily lined up at cornerback for Toledo. All-conference selection as a senior after leading the team in tackles, interceptions and pass breakups with 83/3/15. Junior totals included 72/3/6.
Positive: Feisty and underrated defensive back who mixes it up stopping the run and defending the pass. Displays good awareness in coverage and quickly locates the pass in the air. Shows a burst to the action, drives to the ball out of his plant and gets outside the numbers to make plays. Displays a nice feel in coverage and has good hands. Quick up the field helping to defend running plays or screen passes.
Negative: Slow transitioning off the line to run with opponents and not quick flipping his hips. Tends to do a bit of face guarding at times.
Analysis: Marrow has been effective in all facets of the defense the past two seasons and offers the size and skills to be used as either a zone or free safety.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 208
40: 4.49
Year: 4Sr

Markelle Martin

School: Oklahoma State
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-Conference honors as a senior with totals of 74 tackles and 11 passes broken up. Junior numbers included 55/3/10.
Positive: Athletic defensive back prospect with an inconsistent game. Fast, displays an outstanding burst of recovery speed to make up for mistakes. Looks the part, quick up the field to defend the run and shows a tremendous burst out of his plant. Offers enough range to go sideline to sideline and make plays outside the numbers. Recognizes coverage assignments on the inside. Squares into ballcarriers and wraps up ballcarriers.
Negative: Too quick up the field and over pursues the action on occasion. Does not consistently position himself correctly in deep center field coverage. Hesitant reacting to the ball, inefficient and takes too many steps to the action.
Analysis: Martin has a lot of upside but an undeveloped game. He offers starting potential for the next level yet must improve his fundamentals and concentration and make more plays when the ball is in the air.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 202
40: 4.47
Year: 5Sr

Kelcie McCray

School: Arkansas State
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior after totaling 78 tackles/4 interceptions/4 pass breakups. Junior totals included a career-best 79 tackles with two interceptions.
Positive: Adequately sized safety who is best in a straight line. Quick up the field, hard hitting and a solid run defender. Aggressively lays his shoulders into opponents. Displays good awareness when the ball is in the air.
Negative: Lacks speed out to the sidelines and late getting to the flanks. Shows minimal quickness in his game. Not a reliable tackler.
Analysis: McCray possesses the size and skill necessary to be used in a zone system but must play in a scheme that consistently has him facing the action.

Height: 5-10
Weight: 180
40: 4.55
Year: 4Sr

Rodney McLeod

School: Virginia
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 57 tackles/4 interceptions/7 pass breakups as a senior after posting 54/2/1 the prior year. Posted a career-best 62 tackles as a sophomore. Returned kicks for Virginia as a true freshman.
Positive: Undersized safety who plays tough, aggressive football. Stays with assignments, displays a good head for the ball and is constantly around the action. Instinctive, effectively diagnoses the action and gets outside the numbers to make plays. Battles and fights hard to defend passes.
Negative: Lacks timing defending the pass and possesses marginal man-to-man cover skills. Usually a half-second late making plays on the ball and lacks a closing burst to the action.
Analysis: McLeod was a steady player at Virginia who has potential in a zone system. However, he must make his mark on special teams to secure a roster spot in September.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 203
40: 4.42
Year: 5Sr

Jerron McMillian

School: Maine
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his junior season and named to numerous All-American teams last year. Senior totals included 92 tackles/1 interceptions/5 pass breakups and 11.5 tackles for loss. Junior numbers included 58 tackles and a team-leading six pass breakups.
Positive: Explosive safety with nice size. Fast moving in every area of the field, takes good angles to the action and works hard to make plays. Has an explosive nature to his game, effectively patrols center field and plays with an aggressive attitude. Quick up the field to defend the run and is a solid open-field tackler. Displays good range moving sideline to sideline and is fast getting outside the numbers to make plays.
Negative: Average ball skills. Displays marginal quickness driving to the ball out of his plant.
Analysis: McMillian is a terrific run-defending safety who's also displays the athleticism and movement skills necessary to cover the pass in centerfield. He must polish his technique yet offers upside and could surprise in the NFL.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 205
40: 4.56
Year: 5Sr

Mike McNeil

School: Auburn
Position: S
Bio: Junior totals of 2010 included 56 tackles and two pass defenses. Posted 65 tackles as a sophomore in 2008. Dismissed from the squad prior to the 2011 campaign after being arrested on first-degree robbery and burglary charges. Sat on the sidelines in 2009 with a back injury.
Positive: One-time highly rated prospect whose career has been in flux. Solid defensive back who displays the ability to get outside the numbers and make plays. Works well with cornerbacks, quickly locates the ball and plays with suddenness. Has a physical nature to his game and shows speed in both a straight line and laterally.
Negative: Does not always take proper angles to the action. Marginal instincts and awareness in coverage. Late reacting when the ball's in the air.
Analysis: McNeil possesses the physical skills to play in a zone system at the next level but is a prospect whose development has been halted by numerous interruptions. Possesses the underlying skills to make an NFL roster, but he may not even get an invitation to camp this summer.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 202
40: 4.55
Year: 5Sr

Matt Merletti

School: North Carolina
Position: S
Bio: Totaled 36 tackles/2 interceptions/1 pass breakups in eight starts last season before being sidelined with a sprained ligament in his left knee. Started five games as a junior and totaled 37/2/4. Missed the 2009 season after tearing a ligament in his right knee.
Positive: Hardworking safety who is best between the numbers. Plays smart football, takes proper angles to the action and displays a burst of speed. Effectively diagnoses plays, gives effort defending the run and wraps up when tackling. Best in zone coverage and works well with cornerbacks.
Negative: Lacks top sideline-to-sideline range and struggles getting outside the numbers to make plays. Possesses average ball skills. Injuries to both knees will throw up red flags.
Analysis: Merletti was a solid college defender who got the most from his ability. He could be used in a zone system and play special teams if his knees are able to pass NFL medical exams.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 200
40: 4.62
Year: 4Sr

Reshaude Miller

School: Morgan State
Position: S
Bio: Senior totals included 43 tackles/1 interception/6 pass breakups after four interceptions as a junior.
Positive: Aggressive safety with solid size and playmaking ability. Displays good range, goes sideline to sideline and possesses a burst of closing speed. Looks the part and flashes athleticism. Gets outside the numbers to make plays in coverage. Physical and beats down receivers to defend the pass.
Negative: Not a forceful run defender or a consistent tackler.
Analysis: Miller flashed skill the past two seasons yet has never really pulled together a complete game. He has the underlying ability to be used as a backup safety in a variety of systems but must quickly impress coaches in camp this summer.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 202
40: 4.56
Year: 4Sr

Charles Mitchell

School: Mississippi State
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter who posted 95 tackles and broke up three passes as a senior after putting up 93 tackles and one pass defense during his junior campaign.
Positive: Tough run-defending safety who is best between the numbers. Keeps the action in front of him, flies around the football and works hard to stop ballcarriers. Fluid moving in reverse and quickly locates the pass in the air. Shows solid ball skills in the middle of the field and works well with teammates.
Negative: Struggles getting outside the numbers and lacks sideline-to-sideline range. Possesses just an average burst to the play out of his plant. Inefficient and does not consistently take proper angles to the action.
Analysis: Mitchell is an aggressive safety with solid size/speed numbers and a defensive back who could be very effective in a zone system.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 205
40: 4.6
Year: 5Sr

Lance Mitchell

School: Oregon State
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter who recorded 76 tackles/2 interceptions/4 pass breakups as a senior after posting junior totals of 74/2/1.
Positive: Productive college safety with marginal size/speed numbers. Displays a good head for the ball, quickly diagnoses the action and shows a feel for coverage. Chases the action hard, fluid changing direction and immediately locates the pass in the air. Quick up the field to defend the run and wraps up when tackling.
Negative: Lacks deep speed and possesses just an average burst. Struggles staying downfield with opponents and making plays with his back to the ball.
Analysis: Mitchell was a consistent player in college yet lacks the physical skills to be anything other than a backup/zone safety at the next level.

Height: 5-9.5
Weight: 195
40: 4.52
Year: 5Sr

Corey Mosely

School: Virginia
Position: S
Bio: Two-year starter who finished with 49 tackles/1 interceptions/4 pass breakups as a senior after posting junior totals of 52/2/1.
Positive: Undersized safety who flashes the ability to play sideline to sideline. Remains disciplined with assignments, reads the quarterback's eyes and puts himself in a position to make a play on the ball. Possesses a burst of closing speed and gets outside the numbers to make plays. Tough run defender and forces his way up the field to get after ball handlers.
Negative: Does more hitting than actual wrap-up tackling. Has average ball skills.
Analysis: Mosely is a solid athlete who displays good range on the field and has flashed playmaking skill. He could contribute to a defense that keeps four safeties if he excels on special teams.

Height: 5-9
Weight: 198
40: 4.58
Year: 4Sr

Jerico Nelson

School: Arkansas
Position: S
Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons after seeing significant action with the first team during his freshman and sophomore seasons. Senior totals included 70 tackles/2 interceptions/2 pass breakups after he had 87/1/4 as a junior.
Positive: Tough run-defending safety who is best playing downhill. Keeps the action in front of him, stays with assignments and displays the ability to get outside the numbers and make plays. Effectively picks up assignments in zone, plays with an aggressive nature and quickly gets up the field to defend the run. Solid wrap-up tackler. Sells out on the blitz.
Negative: Marginally instinctive, inefficient and does not take proper angles to the action. Average ball skills.
Analysis: Nelson is an undersized defensive back who did an admirable job at linebacker as a senior. He possesses cornerback size but strong safety skills and will have to make his mark on special teams this summer.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 208
40: 4.63
Year: 5Sr

Vidal Nelson

School: James Madison
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter who also saw action with the first team at linebacker as a redshirt freshman. Senior totals included 78 tackles/1 interception/4 pass breakups after 70 tackles and five passes broken up the prior year.
Positive: Tough run-defending safety who is best playing downhill. Keeps the action in front of him, stays with assignments and displays the ability to get outside the numbers and make plays. Effectively picks up assignments in zone, plays with an aggressive nature and quickly gets up the field to defend the run. Solid wrap-up tackler. Sells out on the blitz.
Negative: Lacks closing and recovery speed. Better facing the action and struggles making plays with his back to the ball.
Analysis: Nelson is a productive run-defending defender who will get looks at a traditional strong safety position in the NFL.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 198
40: 4.54
Year: 5Sr

JoJo Nicolas

School: Miami-Fl
Position: S
Bio: Full-time starter the past three years. Senior totals included 66 tackles/2 interceptions/1 as breakups after he had 36 tackles as a junior.
Positive: Developing safety with a complete game. Effectively reads or diagnoses the action, takes good angles to the play and is efficient. Remains disciplined with assignments, works well with teammates and consistently plays heads-up football. Displays a burst of speed getting outside the flanks, solid range in center field and next-level ball skills in coverage. Effective defending the run and wraps up when tackling. Plays tough yet smart football.
Negative: Not a big, strong or sturdy tackler. Average production against the pass.
Analysis: Nicolas is an underrated safety prospect who displays good instincts on the field and is effective in all areas of the game. He possesses ordinary size/speed numbers yet has the ability to be used as a nickel safety in a variety of systems at the next level. Effective on special teams for the hurricanes, Nicolas should also be an asset on coverage units.

Height: 6-3.5
Weight: 219
40: 4.62
Year: 5Sr

Brian Peters

School: Northwestern
Position: S
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior. Totals last year included 92 tackles/5 interceptions/4 pass breakups after he posted a team-leading 107 tackles as a junior with seven pass breakups.
Positive: Tough, aggressive safety who is best between the numbers. Instinctive, plays heads-up football and works well with cornerbacks. Fast up the field to help defend the run and strong at the point with the ability to bring ballcarriers down on initial contact. Picks up assignments in coverage and quickly locates the ball. Works hard to defend the pass. Flies around the field sacrificing his body to make positive plays.
Negative: Possesses just a short burst of speed that he cannot sustain. Struggles getting out to the sidelines and is better in a straight line.
Analysis: Peters was reliable on the football field, consistently playing heads-up football and positioning himself to make plays on the ball. He lacks the speed to be a starting safety in the NFL yet could fit into a system that uses him in zone coverage. Peters is a prospect that also should do well on special teams.

Height: 5-10
Weight: 211
40: 4.55
Year: 5Sr

Eddie Pleasant

School: Oregon
Position: S
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior with totals of 61 tackles/3 interceptions/8 pass breakups. Junior numbers included 65 tackles and two pass defenses.
Positive: Zone safety with next-level size/speed numbers. Remains disciplined with assignments, plays stay-at-home football and shows great awareness on the field. Recognizes routes in zone coverage, plays with an aggressive style and quickly moves up the field to defend the run. Displays a burst of closing speed and is forceful on the blitz.
Negative: Struggles getting outside the numbers to make plays in coverage. Usually a half step late arriving on the scene to make plays against the pass.
Analysis: Pleasant is a solid athlete, but possesses only average ball skills. He'll do well as a conventional strong/zone safety and is a prospect who comes with a special teams mentality.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 213
40: 4.55
Year: 5Sr

Cyhl Quarles

School: Wake Forest
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter who led Wake Forest with 101 tackles last season, also breaking up three passes. Junior totals included 71 tackles and one interception.
Positive: Hard-hitting defensive back who is best playing downhill. Quick up the field in run defense, squares into ballcarriers and wraps up when tackling. Aggressive in all aspects of the defense. Shows a quick burst to the action.
Negative: Lacks a smooth and quick backpedal. Slow reacting to coverage assignments. Struggles getting outside the numbers to make plays.
Analysis: Quarles is a safety who is best defending the run and must play in a zone system or scheme which limits its sideline to sideline responsibilities.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 200
40: 4.61
Year: 4Sr

Devonte Reynolds

School: Norfolk State
Position: S
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior. Totals last year included 55 tackles/3 interceptions/3 pass breakups after he had 60 tackles and four pass breakups as a junior.
Positive: Adequately sized safety who is best between the numbers. Strong run defender who stays with assignments and wraps up when tackling. Effectively reads pass plays facing the action. Squares into tackles and wraps up.
Negative: Takes incorrect angles to the action and gets caught out of position. Stiff in his hips transitioning to run with opponents. Lacks top speed to the sidelines.
Analysis: Reynolds is a hardworking college player that lacks the measurables and skill to have any effect at the next level unless he shows ability on special teams.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 210
40: 4.49
Year: 5Sr

Donovan Richard

School: South Carolina State
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter at linebacker awarded all-conference honors last season. Senior totals included 119 tackles/7.5 tackles for loss/.5 sacks and an interception. Junior numbers included 93 tackles, when he struggled with a sprained shoulder for part of the season.
Positive: Tough run-defending safety who is best in the box. Instinctive, moves well laterally and constantly flies around the ball trying to make positive plays. Gets his teammates in proper position, stays with assignments and does not bite on ball fakes. Breaks down well, takes good angles to the action and wraps up tackling.
Negative: Lacks speed to the sidelines and does not show a burst to the play. Marginal cover skills.
Analysis: Richard gets the most from his skills and has been a terrific run defender at South Carolina State the past three seasons. He projects as a traditional strong safety in the NFL and plays with a special teams mentality.

Height: 6-2.5
Weight: 216
40: 4.45
Year: 4Sr

Sean Richardson

School: Vanderbilt
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 63 tackles/1 interception/3 pass breakups as a senior after posting junior totals of 98 tackles and five pass defenses. Posted 84 tackles as a sophomore.
Positive: Strong run-defending safety best in the box. Works well with cornerbacks, displays a good head for the ball and shows a closing burst of speed. Solid open-field tackler who squares into opponents and wraps up. Effectively diagnoses plays, keeps the action in front of him and works hard until the whistle blows.
Negative: Lacks top speed out to the flanks. Average ball skills.
Analysis: Richardson passes the eye test and plays well against the run. He possesses limited ball skills, but would be very effective for a defensive system that employs a traditional strong safety.

Height: 5-9.5
Weight: 195
40: 4.46
Year: 4Sr

Trenton Robinson

School: Michigan State
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors the past two years. Senior totals included 80 tackles/4 interceptions/2 pass breakups after he had 76/4/8 as a junior.
Positive: Undersized safety with solid ball skills. Displays good awareness of coverage assignments, effectively reads the quarterback's eyes and has a nice move to the action. Fast up the field in run defense and aggressively lays his shoulders into ballcarriers. Displays good quickness and has a burst of closing speed. Can fire to the ball out of his plant and shows a nice move defending passes. Possesses solid lateral range and gets outside the numbers to make plays.
Negative: Lacks top recovery speed. Not a strong wrap-up tackler. Gets turned on occasion.
Analysis: Robinson was consistent and reliable in both run defense and pass coverage for Michigan State. He lacks classic safety size but the ability to play the ball in center field and occasionally line up over the slot receiver makes him worth a middle-round choice.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 199
40: 4.6
Year: 4Sr

David Rowe

School: Rutgers
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter used at both safety and cornerback. Senior totals included 59 tackles/3 interceptions/4 pass breakups after he had 38 tackles as a junior.
Positive: Adequately sized defensive back who is best facing the action. Does not bite on the ball fakes, quickly gets up the field and hits hard. Solid run defender who plays bigger than his listed size. Keeps the action in front of him. Good movement skills and ability chasing the action laterally.
Negative: Marginal burst to the action. Average ball skills.
Analysis: Rowe was dependable on the college level yet lacks the size/speed numbers to be anything other than a ninth defensive back for an NFL team.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 215
40: 4.55
Year: 5Sr

Christian Scott

School: Texas
Position: S
Bio: Posted 21 tackles and broke up four passes as a senior when he struggled with a wrist injury. Junior numbers included 53 tackles and one interception.
Positive: Athletic safety prospect who has flashed skill the past two years. Takes good angles to plays and can go sideline to sideline in center field. Gets outside the numbers to make plays on the pass, quick up the field to defend the run and displays a nice burst of closing speed. Explosive at the point and easily brings ballcarriers down on initial contact.
Negative: Occasionally placed over the slot receiver but struggles in man-to-man coverage. Does not possess a quick break to the throw out of his plant.
Analysis: Scott presented himself as an NFL prospect after his junior season yet watched his progress slide last season. He possesses the size, speed and overall skill to get consideration in a zone system.

Height: 5-11
Weight: 200
40: 4.41
Year: 5Sr

Kevyn Scott

School: Syracuse
Position: S
Bio: Started nine games as a senior, totaling 26 tackles and intercepting two passes. Burst onto the scene as a redshirt freshman with 32 tackles.
Positive: Terrific college athlete who never truly developed into a full-time football player. Remains disciplined with assignments, actively patrols center field and works well with cornerbacks. Quick up the field in run defense, aggressively lays his shoulders into ballcarriers and works hard to make plays. Displays a burst to the ball out of his plant and quick closing to the action.
Negative: Not a strong wrap-up tackler. At times would rather hit opponents than tackle them. Slow getting off blocks. Struggles in man coverage or trying to make plays with his back to the ball.
Analysis: Scott possesses the size/speed numbers for the next level and is effective facing the action. He's a developmental prospect who could be used in a zone system if he plays well on special teams.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 224
40: 4.6
Year: 5Sr

Deshawn Shead

School: Portland State
Position: S
Bio: Four year starter awarded all-conference honors since his junior season. Totals last year included 64 tackles/2 interceptions/8 pass breakups after 51 tackles and seven pass breakups the prior year.
Positive: Large secondary prospect experienced at both cornerback and safety. Moves well on his feet, covers a lot of area in center field and gets outside the numbers to make plays. Occasionally lined up over the slot receiver and displays solid ball skills. Makes a lot of athletic plays on the field.
Negative: Easily slowed by blocks for a larger defensive back. Gets tall in his tackling. Does not always take proper angles to the action. Lacks the ball skills to stay at cornerback.
Analysis: Shed is a physical specimen who plays with an aggressive attitude and shows ability defending the run or pass. He projects as either a traditional strong safety or in a zone system and comes with a special teams potential.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 213
40: 4.55
Year: 5Sr

Harrison Smith

School: Notre Dame
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter who posted 90 tackles and broke up 10 passes last season. Junior totals included 93 tackles/7 interceptions/7 pass breakups.
Positive: Well-sized, downhill safety who is best between the numbers. Effectively diagnoses plays, keeps the action in front of him and aggressive. Displays an explosive burst of closing speed, quick up the field and is a big-time hitter who squares into tackles. Shows skill in zone coverage, has good hands for the interception and correctly positions himself to make plays on the ball.
Negative: Lacks quick change-of-direction ability and lateral speed. Slow getting out to the flanks in coverage. Lacks a fluid and quick backpedal.
Analysis: Smith is an impressive looking defensive back who struggles getting outside the numbers to make plays and would be best as a traditional strong safety or in a zone system.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 210
40: 4.65
Year: 5Sr

Nick Sukay

School: Penn State
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior with totals of 66 tackles/3 interceptions/8 pass breakups. Junior numbers included 29 tackles and three interceptions. Had 41 tackles and two interceptions as a sophomore.
Positive: Tough run-defending safety who is best in a straight line. Displays a good head for the ball, aggressive in all his actions and wraps up when tackling. Remains disciplined with assignments and shows solid awareness on the field. Works well with teammates.
Negative: Struggles when he must immediately alter his angle of attack or redirect to ballcarriers. Does not always take proper angles to the action. Possesses marginal ball skills.
Analysis: Sukay was a solid defensive back, but he lacks the lateral range and ball skills to be anything other than a conventional strong safety in the NFL. He's a prospect that must stand out on special teams at the next level.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 209
40: 4.51
Year: 4Sr

Brandon Taylor

School: LSU
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 71 tackles/2 interceptions/5 pass breakups and 6.5 tackles for loss as a senior. Junior totals included 44 tackles when his season was cut short after nine games because of a foot injury.
Positive: Tough, cognizant defensive back who is best facing the action. Recognizes and stays with assignments, takes good angles to the action and throws his body around the field. Displays a burst of closing speed, aggressively defends the run and wraps up tackling. Shows good recognition when the ball is in the air. Keeps the action in front of him, quick in all aspects of his game and effectively positions himself to make plays on the ball.
Negative: Lacks deep speed, possesses marginal man-to-man cover skills and struggles when lined up over the slot receiver. Average timing on pass defenses.
Analysis: Taylor lacks the size/speed numbers to start at the next level, but plays tough and smart. He's best suited to line up in a zone system and has enough skill to make a final roster.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 206
40: 4.57
Year: 4Sr

Johnny Thomas

School: Oklahoma State
Position: S
Bio: Junior totals of 2010 included 63 tackles/3 interceptions/5 pass breakups. Academically ineligible last season.
Positive: Nice-sized zone safety who displayed a lot of skill in his game before last season. Displays good awareness, effectively picks up assignments and displays a nice break to the ball. Quick up the field in run defense and aggressively goes after ballcarriers. Stays with assignments and effective between the numbers.
Negative: Lacks top speed to the sidelines, does not display a burst to the action and usually a half step late arriving on the scene in coverage. Does not cover a lot of area on the field. Shows poor hands for interceptions.
Analysis: Thomas has the size and speed to play in the NFL and has special teams' ability. He's worth consideration in the late rounds. Must show his game has not lost a step after sitting on the sidelines in 2011.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 210
40: 4.55
Year: 6Sr

Latarius Thomas

School: Eastern Michigan
Position: S
Bio: Louisville transfer who posted 79 tackles and broke up three passes as a senior. Started the first two games of the 2010 season before being sidelined the rest of the year with a neck injury. Broke into the starting lineup as a true freshman at Louisville in 2006.
Positive: Big, run-defending safety who is best in a straight line. Effectively reads the action, takes good angles to the play and wraps up when tackling. Aggressive and quick up the field to defend the run. Keeps the play in front of him. Displays the ability to drive to the ball out of his plant.
Negative: Stiff and struggles to quickly change direction. Possesses marginal closing and recovery speed. Has a history of injuries.
Analysis: Thomas looked like a star in the making at Louisville before injuries and a transfer slowed his development. He's a physical safety with nice size, but must play in a scheme that keeps him between the numbers. Past medical history will dictate whether or not he's brought into camp this summer.

Height: 5-9.5
Weight: 185
40: 4.55
Year: 4Sr

Michael Thomas

School: Stanford
Position: S
Bio: Two-year starter who finished with 66 tackles/3 interceptions/5 pass breakups as a senior after posting junior totals of 61/1/3.
Positive: Tough, versatile defensive back with marginal size for the next level. Plays with good quickness, shows a burst of closing speed and gets outside the numbers to make plays on the pass. Picks up assignments, works well with teammates and gets a nice jump to the play. Instinctive and stays with assignments. Works hard to get off blocks and voluntarily defends the run.
Negative: Outmatched by larger receivers. Struggles in man coverage or making plays with his back to the ball. Not a strong wrap-up tackler.
Analysis: Thomas has been reliable the past two seasons at Stanford yet lacks the measurables to be anything other than a backup in the NFL. He offers potential in a zone system at cornerback or safety and comes with a special teams mentality.

Height: 5-10.5
Weight: 198
40: 4.68
Year: 3Jr

Phillip Thomas

School: Syracuse
Position: S
Bio: Two-year starter who played in 10 games last season, leading Syracuse with 82 tackles, six interceptions and three pass breakups. Dismissed from the team in November due to off-the-field issues. Junior totals included 92 tackles with one interception.
Positive: Opportunistic safety best between the numbers. Effectively reads the action, displays a degree of explosion in his game and flashes on the scene out of nowhere. Possesses a good straight-line burst of speed, quick up the field and hard hitting. Makes a lot of athletic plays and displays good hands. Tough and stout run defender.
Negative: Very quick to leave his backpedal in coverage. Shows indecision when the ball is in the air. Lacks great speed out to the sidelines.
Analysis: Thomas displayed a variety of skill the past two seasons, but off-the-field incidents marred his college career. He's rough around the edges yet has the underlying ability to succeed at the next level if he makes football a priority.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 192
40: 4.65
Year: 4Sr

Tramain Thomas

School: Arkansas
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a junior. Totals last year included 91 tackles/5 interceptions/6 pass breakups after he had 83 tackles and five pass defenses the prior year.
Positive: Opportunistic defensive back with a nose for the ball. Displays solid sideline-to-sideline range, quickly gets outside the numbers to make plays and possesses a burst of closing speed. Effectively diagnoses the action, stays with coverage assignments and is fast up the field. Aggressive defending the run. Fluid footwork pedaling in reverse.
Negative: At times tries to knock down ballcarriers rather than wrap up and tackle. Too quick up the field and gets caught out of position.
Analysis: Thomas was a productive college safety, but possesses marginal size/speed for the next level. He offers solid ball skills and could get consideration as a zone safety/special teams player.

Height: 6-0.5
Weight: 211
40: 4.44
Year: 4Sr

Christian Thompson

School: South Carolina State
Position: S
Bio: Auburn transfer who was a two-year starter at South Carolina State. Awarded all-conference honors as a senior. Totals last season included 66 tackles/2 interceptions/2 tackles for loss after he had 46/1/7 the prior year.
Positive: Athletic and explosive defensive back with outstanding size/speed numbers. Quick up the field to defend the run, wraps up tackling and effective making plays in space. Reads the action, quickly picks up assignments and plays smart football. Keeps the action in front of him, takes good angles to the play and does a solid job with deep centerfield coverage assignments. Explosive, plays with suddenness and can turn it on in a single step. Covers a lot of area on the field and seeks out the ballcarrier.
Negative: Does not display a great burst of closing or recovery speed. Average ball skills. Marginally effective when asked to blitz.
Analysis: Thompson's game has been on the upswing the past two seasons, and he possesses the numbers to start in the NFL. He offers potential as a zone/strong safety and can see action as a rookie on special teams.

Height: 6-1.5
Weight: 190
40: 4.55
Year: 4Sr

Neiko Thorpe

School: Auburn
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter used at both safety and cornerback. Senior totals included 102 tackles/3 interceptions/6 pass breakups after he had 64 tackles and nine pass defenses as a junior when he was awarded All-conference honors.
Positive: Adequately sized defensive back who is best facing the action. Effectively diagnoses plays, shows the ability to get outside the numbers in coverage and keeps the action in front of him. Squares into tackles, wraps up ballcarriers and gives effort. Quick closing to the action and has a burst of speed.
Negative: Marginal man-to-man coverage skills and struggles making plays with his back to the ball. Does not show top speed out to the sidelines or in the deep field.
Analysis: Thorpe possesses solid size and offers potential as a zone safety.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 215
40: 4.58
Year: 4Sr

Rick Volcin

School: Norfolk State
Position: S
Bio: Two-year starter who finish with 30 tackles/2 interceptions/2 pass breakups as a senior after junior totals of 43/1/2.
Positive: Nice-sized defensive back who has flashed skill the past two seasons. Displays solid cover skills, effectively handles slot receivers in the middle of the field and stays with assignments. Fluid changing direction, moves well laterally and has an aggressive nature. Quick up the field to defend the run and screen passes.
Negative: Possesses a marginal burst. Shows a lot of hesitation on the field. Struggles making plays with his back to the ball.
Analysis: Volcin looks the part and has the physical skills necessary to be used in a zone system yet needs to improve his game and elevate his play.

Height: 5-11.5
Weight: 206
40: 4.46
Year: 4Sr

Corey White

School: Samford
Position: S
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior with 58 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 5 pass breakups. Junior numbers included 31/1/7. Lined up at cornerback and safety for Samford.
Positive: Versatile defensive back with a developing game. Instinctive, quick to diagnose the action and plays a physical game. Explodes up the field, works hard to get through blocks and is very active defending the run and screen passes. Aggressively lays his shoulders into opponents and wraps up when tackling. Solid open-field tackler. Plays heads-up football, plays with good body control and displays tremendous quickness in his game. Works well with safeties, gets a jump on the ball and displays timing defending the pass. Possesses good hands for interceptions. Outstanding special teams player who stands out on coverage units.
Negative: Stiff moving in reverse and prefers to side shuffle. Overmatched by larger receivers. Loses a half step transitioning to position himself against pass catchers to make plays against the ball.
Analysis: White has displayed terrific development in his game the past three years and is a talented defensive back who is best facing the action. He offers possibilities as a zone safety or cornerback in man off coverage and should stand out on special teams in the NFL.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 186
40: 4.55
Year: 4Sr

Eddie Whitley

School: Virginia Tech
Position: S
Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior with totals of 83 tackles/2 interceptions/4 pass breakups. Junior numbers included 88/2/6.
Positive: Straight-line, run-defending safety who does not display a feel for coverage. Solid athlete who runs well and has a burst. Quick to the action and displays explosiveness in his game. Smooth turning his hips transitioning with opponents. Wraps up tackling. Plays heads-up football.
Negative: Despite his numbers, he's not a stout run defender. Marginal ball skills and struggles in coverage.
Analysis: Whitley is a size/speed prospect with potential as a dime safety if he improves his play in coverage.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 203
40: 4.55
Year: 4Sr

Tavon Wilson

School: Illinois
Position: S
Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 81 tackles/1 interception/5 pass breakups as a senior after posting 48/1/7 the prior year.
Positive: Feisty college safety with marginal size/speed numbers for the next level. Displays fluid movement skills, the ability to go sideline to sideline and a burst to the action. Works to keep the play in front of him and fights to break up throws. Aggressive defending the run or screen passes.
Negative: Easily disrupted by blocks. Struggles in man coverage situations and cannot stay with receivers out of breaks. Occasionally bites on play-action passes.
Analysis: Wilson was solid on the college level and will be a serviceable player at the next level if he performs well on special teams.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 210
40: 4.6
Year: 5Sr

Jerrell Young

School: South Florida
Position: S
Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons and awarded all-conference honors as a senior. Totals last year included 51 tackles/2 interceptions/2 pass breakups after he had 41/3/3 the prior year.
Positive: Nice-sized safety who is best playing downhill. Instinctive, effectively diagnoses the action and takes good angles to the play. Feisty, shows a burst out of his plant and works hard to make plays. Efficient getting to the action. Effectively covers receivers over the middle of the field.
Negative: Better facing the action and struggles when placed over slot receivers. Lacks lateral range and not fast out to the flanks. Marginal ball skills.
Analysis: Young is a hard-hitting and well-sized defensive back who projects as a conventional strong safety for the next level.

Updated 5/7
RankRndNamePosYear
11stJadeveon Clowney
South Carolina
DE3Jr
21stKhalil Mack
Buffalo
OLB5Sr
31stJake Matthews
Texas A&M
T4Sr
41stGreg Robinson
Auburn
T3So
51stSammy Watkins
Clemson
WR3Jr
61stMike Evans
Texas A&M
WR3So
71stAnthony Barr
UCLA
OLB4Sr
81stTaylor Lewan
Michigan
T5Sr
91stAaron Donald
Pittsburgh
DT4Sr
101stEric Ebron
North Carolina
TE4Jr
111stBlake Bortles
Central Florida
QB4Jr
121stZack Martin
Notre Dame
T5Sr
131stJustin Gilbert
Oklahoma State
CB4Sr
141stC.J. Mosley
Alabama
ILB4Sr
151stDarqueze Dennard
Michigan State
CB4Sr
161stKony Ealy
Missouri
DE4Jr
171stMarqise Lee
USC
WR3Jr
181stCalvin Pryor
Louisville
S3Jr
191stOdell Beckham Jr.
LSU
WR3Jr
201stRyan Shazier
Ohio State
OLB3Jr
211stHasean Clinton-Dix
Alabama
S3Jr
221stBrandin Cooks
Oregon State
WR3Jr
231stJason Verrett
TCU
CB4Sr
241stTeddy Bridgewater
Louisville
QB3Jr
251stLouis Nix
Notre Dame
DT4Jr