1. Jalen Ramsey (Florida State): It’s so rare to see secondary players in serious consideration of the potential number one overall pick, but Jalen Ramsey is that good and he is worth the hype because of his natural playmaking skills. I see a lot of Tyrann Mathieu in this kid because he can do more than one thing when he’s on the field. He can cover receivers in the slot and he stays with them the entire time down the field. He’s a long-striding athlete with terrific range, acceleration and closing speed along with lateral agility at the line of scrimmage to mirror himself and stay balanced. He shows a fluid change of direction skill and has great speed all over the field. He has NFL-vision, eyes and spatial awareness and sees the field very well with patience and great anticipation. Every single play, he’s giving 125 percent and he never takes a play off. He has a bright future ahead of him.
2. Keanu Neal (Florida): He was used as both a strong and free safety while at Florida. He looks the part to play the position. He’s a very physical and aggressive tackler that uses his length to hit and drive. He plays with a violent mindset meaning he explodes through traffic and bursts into the open field. He’s a very smooth athlete for a guy of his size and controls his momentum well in space. He shows consistent speed and he’s never tired as he’s able to play in multiple defensive packages.
3. Jalen Mills (LSU): One thing Les Miles has been known to do is send a defensive back to the NFL and he will look to make that happen once again for the ninth time in ten years with Jalen Mills. He has very agile feet and good recovery quickness. He trusts his speed and bursts from the back-end and accelerate into the action to make a play. He has a terrific nose for the football as he can locate the football in the deep half of the field. He displays his versatility in more ways than one as he has experience playing corner, safety and nickel.
4. Darian Thompson (Boise State): Later in his freshman year, Thompson became a full-time starter and never looked back as he became one of the most accomplished defensive players in school history at Boise State. On the field, he’s always on the hunt looking to make a play somehow, someway. He covers a lot of ground, he’s always moving at a consistent pace and can anticipate well with the play and floats and undercuts routes just to make a play or two on the football. He has outstanding awareness to locate the football and the focus to finish interceptions.
5. DeAndre Houston-Carson (William & Mary): He made the transition from corner to free safety and it’s been a very easy move for him. When I first saw the tape on him, I saw the physicality he displays. He has a hitter’s mentality and possesses an explosive closing burst to spark those big collisions. Whenever the ball-carrier is near, he aims at the ball and attempts to strip it. He shows excellent awareness in zone coverage as he’s able to read the route, sit back and then come in and make a play.