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Free Safeties
1 Malik Hooker 3 Ohio State rSo 6010 206 1

SI (Ranks #3 safety) - Hooker is cut from a similar cloth as Peppers - maybe not quite as dynamic, but a Swiss Army knife safety.

One of the breakout draft prospects in 2016 - totaled 74 tackles with 5.5 for a loss, .5 sacks, 4 passes broken up and 7 interceptions with 3returned for touchdowns..

"Has All Pro written all over him."....Great range from middle to sideline...Quick reactor...Excellent alertness in zone...Very good size...consistent tackler...Natural instincts and ball skills...But never saw him in man coverage...will overrun plays...Can be a big hitter but not consistently....Scout Says: "I sure hope Hooker's surgeries went well because he's the best safety in the last 10 years. Maybe he'll fall to us now."..- PFW

Quickly created NFL buzz...Above average range, instincts and tackling skills. COD skills, play speed and overall range jump off the film - both as a centerfielder and downhill in run support. Ballskills and ballhawking instincts separate him from most safety prospects. Needs to clean up his tackling mechanics but has the skill-set to develop into a reliable NFL tackler. Has what it takes to be a disruptive NFL playmaker... Impressive blend of burst, body control and reflexes. Outstanding play speed...Magnet to the ball. Transfers weight to open his hips/ turn and run without gearing down. Impressive lower body explosion and leaping skills. Unique timing/anticipation /make plays most defensive backs don't. Elite ball skills /innate ability to find, judge and disrupt the catch point. Long arms and strong hands...Playmaker... Explosive tackler...Range to clean up plays his teammates miss. Experienced on ST's.- ......Wild pursuit angles dent his batting average as a tackler. Needs to clean up mechanics...Trusts his eyes and follows the ball, but vulnerable to misdirection and play fakes. Limited experience as a blitzer. Room to get stronger ...Inconsistent physicality and leverage taking on blocks near LOS...only one season as a collegiate starter...Medical issues (hernia/labrum). Comp: Ed Reed...NFLDS (Brugler)

Those who love Hooker feel he is a safety who can do it all. In coverage, he is fast and athletic with the skills to defend the deep part of the field...has the length and strength to play in the tackle box. They also like how he drives down on the ball and feel he is a fast, rangy defender with good ball skills. Two top national scouts said that his skill set is the best they've seen from a safety since Eric Berry. They like Hooker more than Jamal Adams or Jabrill Peppers...Several teams graded Hooker as a top-10 pick/others have him in the top-20. Other scouts say hey have been impressed by Hooker, but rate him behind Adams and Peppers but other teams believe that he'll end up being their top-rated safety. - WalterFB

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4 Marcus Williams 41 Utah Jr 6010 202 1-2

Good safety size...very aware in coverage...Not a big hitter but good open field tackler...Doesn't wrap up needs to be bigger and stronger...Can roam the field as a FS...Coverage and ball skills will get him there, but it will take a more aggressive approach to stay there... - PFW

Projects as a top 64 candidate with the physical talent and intangibles necessary to help immediately....CW is that you shouldn't draft sub-200 pound safeties high/Williams, has the cover skills, instincts and work ethic to be the exception..Excellent feel for what the offense is trying to do plus the cover awareness to bait and force QBs to think twice ... play speed and range allow him to cover a lot of green - smooth hip action, acceleration and vision to track the ball plus very good timing to disrupt passes...A reliable last line of defense as a tackler,...willing to leave his feet to unload but not too aggressive...wraps his arms securely around ball-carriers...Excellent awareness of the sticks...Coaches say he's one of the most committed players on the team, dedicating extra time each week in the film room. Lacks preferred bulk (relatively narrow hips and thin limbs may leave him more vulnerable to injury)...Not an intimidating hitter...Will climb on bigger ball-carriers and 'rassle them to the ground, rather than lower his shoulder and drive through his hips...Undisclosed injury (reportedly a knee sprain) kept Williams out of two midseason games & requires a close look by the docs. Comp: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix,... - NFLDS (Rang)

Had a quality 2016 season with 64 tackles, 3 passes broken up, 5 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles. He put together a tremendous 2015 season for the Utes with 5 interceptions, 5 passes broken up and 66 tackles....could use more strength and weight. - WalterFB

Forty: 4.56....Twenty: ...Ten: ...BP: 14...VJ: .43.5..BJ: 129...SS: 4.20 ...LS: ...3C: 6.85.

2 Budda Baker 14 Washington Jr 5100 195 2

Sawed off version of the other elite safeties...4.45 doesn't suggest "lack of top end speed" Write ups describe a DB modeled after the Honey Badger - good 2nd round pick to provide depth behind Tyrann?.. - Gollin

SI (Ranks #4 safety) - The Deone Bucannon comp has been a popular one for Peppers. It is more apropos for Baker, who can be very physical when pulled up to the line.

Competitve and tough/plays bigger than size...Great instincts and always around the ball...Very aware in zone coverage...Tries to play a physical game...may be shorter than even originally listed...lacks top end speed...short arms...good in zone coverage...lack of speed hurts him deep...In sub situations will line up more as a LB and make plays...Scout says: "You know it's funny, as much as I love the big three, if Budda baker was two-inches taller and 15 pounds heavier, he'd absolutely be the concensus top safety...Unfortunately, he isn't but I'll still beg my guys to take him if he's there when we come up in the second round."... - PFW

Played primarily as a single-high safety and in the slot as a nickel cover man...Ideally suited for a hybrid CB/safety role...Excellent reaction, quickness and range...Twitchy and sudden...Lacks ideal length - relatively small catching radius, dropped picks. Less than impressive body type..."Plays with a little bit of crazy" (which jacks teammates)...Competes with excellent reaction quickness and range to make plays all over the field. ...Rangy athlete with the instant accelerator to cover a lot of green...Twitchy reflexes/sudden flipping his hips and changing directions. Instinctive /quick to click-and-close on plays in front of him. Secondary recovery/pursuit burst...Plays with a "my ball" mentality...Good timing and burst as a blitzer...Physical tackler, staying low and driving his feet as a tackler. Understands pursuit angles and field leverage...Stays focused on and off the field. Undersized, but boasts trademark toughness ("One of the toughest guys I've ever been around." -- DB coach Jimmy Lake). ... Takes overaggressive angles/ needs to be more consistent with his high-to-low finishing skills. Struggles to shed once engulfed Must better anticipate in coverage. Lack of size leads to durability concerns...Comp: Tyrann Mathieu, - NFLDS (Brugler )

Needs to get stronger to tackle in the NFL, but he is a fast safety who flies around the field. Can help in pass coverage and is a willing tackler in the ground game. Adding strength might be his best route before going pro. - WalterFB

Forty: .4.45..Twenty: ...Ten: ...BP: 15...VJ: 32.5...BJ: 115...SS: 4.08...LS: ...3C: 6.76.

5 Marcus Maye 65 Florida rSr 6000 210 3

Late mover...

Very good safety size...Missed last 4 games of 2016 (broke arm)....Strong in run support..Versatile - more of a SS but can also play Free...Good but not great play speed...Can start right away for a team with a need... -PFW

Calling card is his ability to create turnovers, but he lExcellent diagnosis skills and hand-eye corrdination but acks sudden COD and speed...guesses too much in coverage...Broken arm still healing. - NFLDS

Solid free safety and generally a good deep center fielder, but had an ugly performance against Alabama and didn't finish well against Michigan...has good free safety pass-coverage potential but has kinks to work out. ...Maye made a lot of impressive plays, but also would bust here or there and hurt his team with a huge play...often the last line of defense, so busts led to points for the offense. But also made a number of touchdown-saving tackles. Some say they like Maye, but that he frustrates them with his tendency to give up some plays...athletic with decent range, good in coverage underneath in the short area, and a nice fit in the box against the run....off-man coverage against TE's not as great. Too much space for Maye is a bad thing / struggles going backward. ...best coming forward in the short area. Seen as a second-round caliber player who might end up going late in the 1st. - WalterFB

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6+ Quinn Blanding 121+ Virginia Jr 6010 205 3-4

SI (Ranks #9 Safety)

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3 Lorenzo Jerome 36 St. Francis (PA) Sr 5110 190 4

Very impressive/Keep on your radar...2 picks each in East-West and Senior Bowl...Marginal size for a safety...May make more sense as a corner (Note: St Francis of Loretto of PA was where college basketball star, Maurice Stokes ruled the roost) - Gollin.

Senior Bowl - Late addition after sparkling East - West outing.

Very raw with talent and upside...Dominated a very low caliber of competition...Good to very good athlete with speed...Quick pedal/can turn smoothly...Excellent ball skills (18 career interceptions)...Good hitter...Very good KR...Needs to be more disciplined and wrap up better...Scout Says: "I never heard of St Francis before. It's out in the middle of nowhere but a great stop because this kid can play...... - PFW

Man among boys at FCS level......Playmaker (picked off 18 passes in college and found the end zone 5 different ways)...but has less than prototypical size...Light feet/loose hips...natural return skills...Quicker than fast/appears to lack an explosive second gear...not an elite tackler in the open field - NFLDS

An intriguing player who has created a buzz in scouting circles. .productive with a tremendous display of ball skills in college. Interception totals of 6, 3, 3 and 6 over the past four seasons with pass breakup totals of 5, 7, , 13 and 4... Also had 59 tackles as a senior. - WalterFB

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6+ Jonathan Ford 121+ Auburn Sr 5110 205 4-5

He is a solid, but unspectacular, defender for Auburn who can contribute in pass coverage and run defense.

(Mention but no write-up) - NFLDS

Solid defender for Auburn the past few seasons.-threat as a kick returner. - WalterFB

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6+ David Jones 121+ Richmond rSr 6020 210 5

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6+ John Johnson 121+ Boston College Sr 6010 205 6

"Versatile and underrated"...Started at FS, SS and corner...May lack speed to play corner...good on ST coverage units...Has the size and speed to excel as a FS but don't discount possibility he could play corner... - PFW

Tall and long with velvet feet and fluid hips...High football aptitude/limits his mistakes...Aggressive in coverage...Durable- NFLDS

Senior Bowl -

Forty: ...Twenty: ...Ten: ...BP: 14...VJ: 37.0...BJ: 119...SS: 4.18...LS: ...3C: 6.72.

6+ Dominick Sanders 121+ Georgia Jr 6000 190 7
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