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Free Safeties
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1 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix FS 5 Alabama Jr 6010 208 1st-2nd

Combine. Forty: 4.58...Proto size/speed...long arms for size...Durable...Worker/Learner...Excellent awareness and recognition skills..."Does not let a receiver get on top of him"...quick to diagnose and jumps ballcarrier once he crosses the LOS...needs to wrap up better...some teams project him as a box safety...OK diagnosing run...mirrors QB's eyes in coverage...Smooth, flexible action with good but not elite closing burst...above average vs. TE's in man coverage...Locates ball quickly/knows what to do with it should he come down with it....above average playmaking and anticipation instincts...not an assassin but a reliable tackler...must become stronger..

Pro Day - Stood on combine numbers...Considered a good safety and a mid-first round possibility..."Had a good position workout to cap an impressive pro day, playing the ball well and showing good anticipation and quickness" - Brandt.

Combine (DB12) - Arm: 32 3/8; Hand: 9; BP: 11; VJ: 33.0; BJ: 119; 3C: 7.16; 20S: 4.16; 60S:11.63.....

2 Calvin Pryor FS 12 Louisville Jr 5110 207 1st-2nd

Combine. Forty: 4.58...The Enforcer...Instinctive...Breaks on ball quickly...Deluxe hitter/aggressive in run game..Suspended (broke team rule)...game-changer...rangy enough to play centerfield...needs to be more consistent tackler in open field...can be overly aggressively and bite on cutback...will take bad angles...not asked to play much man...Detroit, Philly and Cincy said to have expressed most visible interest.

Pro Day - Goal was to reverse bad combine showing (where even his height was overstated by 3-inches and he came up short in timed drills)...Unfortunately, all the ink was grabbed by Bridgewater and we haven't found any info about how Pryor did at his pro day other than that he stood on his combine numbers...

Combine (DB12) - Arm: 31 3/8; Hand: 9 1/8; BP: 18; VJ: 34.5; BJ: 116; .....

7 Dion Bailey FS/LB 140 USC rJr 6000 201 2nd-3rd

Combine Forty: 4.66 (Pre-combine est. Forty: 4.58)...Sub-package safety coming off shoulder-surgery and causing him to be more of a drag-down tackler..This guy sounds like one of those tweeners that Todd Bowles could turn into a Tyrann Mathieu type role player...Vastly undersized for a LB..above average speed for a LB/OK speed for a FS...Shoulder injury in 2012 (surgery)...active in community service...clean intangibles...strong awareness and instincts in coverage...rarely bites on misdirection or play action...sharp eyes and diagnostic skills...too small to take on blocks as a LB but might be OK as a S...Easy mover in space with above average closing burst...Lacks proto strength and power as a tackler (when graded as a LB)...Effective tackler in space...decent range in zone coverage (as a LB)...effective man coverage skills vs. TE's...playmaking instincts and strong ball skills...closes quickly as a blitzer...

Pro Day - VJ: 33.5"; BJ: 9-6; BP: 14...stood on the rest of his combine numbers where he was a top performer in the 3-cone and two shuttles...Brandt says he's a quality player who had a solid workout, and says he'll probably be drafted on Day 3....

Combine (DB03) - Arm: 32; Hand: 9 1/2; VJ: 34.0; BJ: 113; 3C: 6.97; 20S: 4.15; 60S: 11.88....

3 Terrence Brooks FS 53 Florida State Sr 5110 200 3rd

Combine Forty: 4.42......"Safety with corner skills" - USA Today...Can turn & go or come up in run support...Said to lack elite speed (We beg to differ)...A tad short...good est. top end speed...Frame poses durability concern...Self starter but tends to carry mistakes with him...Good ST player...Below average instincts/recognition, ball-skills and run support productivity but better than average cover skills...enough range to cover dep half and play centerfield if he makes a sound read...may lack strength and size to cover TE's...body-snatcher/drops catchable balls....not a ball-hawk/not good in jump ball situations...Willing in run suport but whiffs too much...size a disadvantage vs. run....

 

 

 

Pro Day - BJ: 10-2; 20S: 4.58; 3C: 7.01; BP: 11; stood on his forty and jumping combine numbers...Brooks impressed Brandt in the position drills; most notably "really good ball awareness."

 

Senior Bowl - Brooks came away impressed with his athleticism, anticipation and movement skills...Impressive roving playmaker who was also effective attacking the run off the edges and had decent instincts and awareness in coverage...He and Ward fit the growing NFL trend to smaller safeties...

 

Combine (DB09) - Arm: 31; Hand: 9; BP: 10; VJ: 38.0; BJ: 119; 3C: 7.35.

9 Kenny Ladler FS 192 Vanderbilt Sr 6000 207 3rd-4th

Combine. Forty: 4.70...Good FBI...Diagnoses quickly...Has good athletic attibutes, but needs to get bigger and stronger and improve the techniques of his craft ("poor centerfielder)...agility/knee-bending backpedal issues...

Pro Day - Forty: 4.62 (but pulled up - though still an improvement over his 4.70 combine time)...stood on rest of combine numbers (some of which were among the best for his position)....

Combine - Arm: 3 5/8; Hand: 9 5/8; BP: 24; VJ: 36.6: BJ: 127.....

4 Ty Zimmerman FS 59 Kansas State rSr 6100 204 3rd-4th

Est. Forty: 4.55...Proto measurables and average top end speed...Well-built hitter...ankle injury in 2012...Elected teaam captain as junior...accountable and dependable/hard worker...Good FBI...good eyes in coverage...adequate instincts vs. run...average cover skills...may struggle against faster WR's and athletic TE's...average ball skills...will drop catchable balls in traffic....adequate and willing in run support....gets vecro'd to blocks...lacks elite downfield speed..

Pro Day - Still recovering from labrum injury and is scheduled to work out Apr. 28....

 

6 Dontae Johnson FS/CB 108 North Carolina St xx 6020 200 5th-6th

Combine Forty: 4.45. .....Could be perfect example of a safety who gets a shot at CB due to trend toward bigger receivers ((has played corner, safety, nickel and on ST's)...

Pro Day - Stood on combine numbers...Brandt says he's a "tall and lengthy player who had a nice positional workout"...

Combine (DB33) - Arm: 31 1/2; Hand: 8 5/8; BP: 12; VJ: 38.5; BJ: 124,3C: 6.82; 20S: 4.24; 60S:11.06..

10 Nickoe Whitney FS 194 Mississippi State rSr 6000 205 6th

Est. Forty: 4.60...No major write-up yet..Considered a cog on the Bulldog's defense (5 interceptions)...

Pro Day - Still recovering from knee surgery and couldn't work out....

5 Tre Boston FS 95 North Carolina Sr 6000 204 6th-7th

Combine Forty: 4.59..Tall enough but slender...subpar top-end speed...Lean frame and 2010 ankle injury raise durability concerns...former corner...average intangibles...Experienced at corner and safety...plays with poise and confidence...USA Today says he's always around the ball but others describes him as having below average instincts/recognition...better awareness when he faces the LOS than when his back is to it...decent range to cover deep half when he makes the right read....but lacks 2nd gear to play centerfield...above average hands/tracks well and ccan catch away from frame...decent but not terrific leaper...adequate toughness but not a downhill thumper...combine time not good enough to move his draft-stock up...inconsistent tackler (frequently wraps up too high)...

Pro Day - Forty - 4.69 and 4.75...Stood on rest of combine numbers....

Combine: Arm: 31 3/8; Hand: 9 3/4; BP: 18; VJ: 35.0; BJ: 116; 3C: 7.04; 20S: 4.31...

8 Daytawion Lowe FS 178 Oklahoma State rSr 5110 205 7th-FA

Est. Forty: 4.60...Confident...athletic - controls body well...closes quickly with ball in air...needs to improve coverage skills (both man and zone)....

Pro Day - Rang (CBSports) says he was the most explosive athlete tested and posted a 4.45 forty and a broad jump score of 37.5"...May have pushed himself up into Day 3 as the result of his workout.

                 
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