1. HaHa Clinton-Dix (Alabama)- He was one of the better players on a secondary in Tuscaloosa that struggled some last season. HaHa Clinton-Dix has all the attributes and skills to become a star at the next level. He has a very lanky and athletic build with very light feet and has great speed to handle nickel and deep coverage responsibilities. He can tackle in the open field, has the speed to get to a ball-carrier and displays great skills to get a jump on the football. He’s a physical defender who doesn’t mind taking a shot and putting a big hit on the opposition.
2. Calvin Pryor (Louisville)- Calvin reminds me a lot of Antrel Rolle. Both have a combination of size, explosiveness and ball skills. Calvin is a reliable open-field tackler, he brings an intimidating presence to the position. Calvin can play in many coverages and shows excellent footwork and field vision. He can lower his shoulder to create collisions in the open field and when he protects the middle of the field in coverage. Calvin has great vision and awareness to get to the line of scrimmage and locate the football.
3. Terrence Brooks (Florida State)- At 5’11, he’s undersized somewhat for the position. That maybe one of the few things that teams will look at but normally the football players who are small are the ones who play the biggest. Terrence is a former cornerback that made the switch to the safety position. He can cover slot receivers and can line up on an occasional tight end if asked. He’s very fluid on his feet, shows good balance and can change direction for coverage.
4. Ed Reynolds (Stanford)- He has the build to play the position. He demonstrates good agility and acceleration to cover tight ends in the slot. He can also supply help to cover receivers deep down the field. He’s a force when stopping the run and can read a play then close in on it as it begins to develop.
5. Dion Bailey (USC)- He’s a former linebacker so he has the ability to cover lots of ground. He’s physical and can be effective if loaded into the box. He can weave his way through traffic to get to the football, has a quick and short back pedal along with fluidity in his hips to change direction in pass coverage.