1. Vonn Bell (Ohio State): He was a two-year starter for the Buckeyes at the position and became a playmaker for Ohio State’s secondary and was a big piece to the back end during Ohio State’s title run in 2014. He’s a nice-sized athlete that’s able to match up well with receivers and he’s a very coordinated athlete with the lower body quickness, drive and burst along with pursuit speed to close in and make a play. He shows great vision has the skillset to defend a receiver on his own island in man and zone coverage without the safety help over the top. He plays with the mental toughness to take on blockers and doesn’t mind defending the run. He has the hips and the footwork to remain with the receivers down the field..
2. Karl Joseph (West Virginia): From a pound for pound perspective, he’s one of the most physical players in the country and appears to play much tough than he looks. He can take violent contact and loves to also initiate it and has the ability to jar the football loose. He’s always low and plays fast along with generating his power to tackle and uses the leverage and physical nature to finish. He doesn’t have the ideal size, but he simply has heart and when you have that, you can do just about anything on the football field.
3. Jeremy Cash (Duke): Before transferring to Duke, he began his playing career at Ohio State. He’s a tackling machine and prior to his transfer to Duke, he recorded three consecutive 100-tackle seasons. He lines up near the line of scrimmage as a nickel cornerback and I’m impressed with his versatility and instincts in coverage, reading and anticipating well to drive on plays in front of him. He loves contact and wants to make a hit in the open field.
4. Miles Killebrew (Southern Utah): He covers a lot of ground and uses decisive strides to expand his range. He’s flexible with his hips and has the ability to changed directions well for a safety. He’s a downhill guy that loves to be physical when it comes to stopping the run. He plays with a reckless abandon mentality and has no disregard for his body. That’s what you call leaving it all on the field.
5. KJ Dillon (West Virginia): He’s a very well-rounded athlete that plays well in all phases of the game. Against the run, he’s a ball hawk. He’s very instinctive and wherever the football is, KJ is there to locate it. He attacks the line of scrimmage well and can shed blockers to be a disruptive force in the backfield. In defending the pass, he keeps his eyes on the quarterback at all times. He plays with great energy and hustle.