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Strong Safeties
50 Jeremy Cash   4 Duke rSr 6000 212 2

Pure box guy who's not very instinctive have trouble running with elite TE's...At Duke he racked up three 100-tackle years with 3 forced fumbles, 18 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks...Missed pinstripe bowl (wrist surgery)...played a lot of nickel-corner...versatile and instinctive player...physical and explosive tackler...will sometimes fail to see oncoming blockers because he zeros in on the ball...Brugler says he's the best defensive prospect from Duke in nearly 30 years....Versatile with good measurables, ball skills and intangibles...ESPN projects as Day 2 prospect.... "...too many limitations to be a full-time starting safety...sure tackler...I don't see real good top end speed." - PFW (Gabriel).

Forty & other drills: NA....Arm: 32.38...BP: DNL

43 *Vonn Bell   3 Ohio State Jr 5110 199 2

"Best cover safety in this draft" - ESPN...Elite cover and ball skills...sound and knowledgeable (though not physically dominant) in run support...Playmaker (but not after the pick)....9 picks in 28 starts....mostly man-coverage...."as good as I've ever had" - Urban Meyer....good, compact athlete...diagnoses quckly/seldom distracted or tempted by fakes...Plays up on balls of feet...good ball skills...Instinctive...as a tackler, he's more wrapup than thump...not a dominator but plays physical and sticks his head in...Versatile with fluid hips and good footwork....run defense/tackling mechanics could be improved...can get flipped around in coverage...will wait on ballcarrier and be carried along by his momentum,..knee surgery in Spring 2014... "...has some cornerback suddenness to his game...lacks ideal size...Bell's speed is slightly above average...does a good job of keeping plays in front of him...more quick and sudden than fast." - PFW (Gabriel).

Forty & other drills: NA....Arm: 32.38...BP: 16...

120+ Karl Joseph   11+ West Virginia Sr 5110 205 2-3

Tore up a knee in October and sat out the rest of the season (this after he decided to stay in school the extra year)..."Pound for pound, one of the most physical players in the country" /plays tougher than he looks" - Brugler ...Explosive but not very instinctive...plays low and wins leverage battles...will jar ball loose with hits...quick reflexes/never throttles down the speed...Team captain....More read 'n react than instinctively decisive,,,lacks prototypical size and must play smart to avoid penalties and overpursuing/whiffing on tackles...Where he's drafted is up to the docs....Mid Day 3 grade" - ESPN... "...Most likely will go on the third day and some team will get a steal...ACL injury... (when healthy) very athletic, quick and sudden...lacks ideal size." - PFW (Gabriel)..

Forty & other drills: NA....Arm: 32.13...BP: DNL

31 Miles Killebrew   1 Southern Utah Sr 6020 217 3-4

Safety/linebacker hybrid (Hear that, Steve Keim)?...Dominating size...Plays with a linebacker's mentality (probably because he's nearly as big as one),,,Got the size...got the athleticism...needs to improve his technique...Better thumper than cover guy..."At his best covering deep half or playing robber in a zone heavy scheme" - ESPN...132 tackles last season...One scout likes Killebrew better than he did Bucannon...well-built, "field fast"...great range...flexible hips/good pedal...physical downhill blaster...likes to attack te gaps...special teams standout....but will ovecommit, bite on fakes, whiff on tackles and all that good stuff...late to diagnose...inconsistent tackler...will sometimes wait on the ballcarrier and lose the momentum battle...coverage skills could be improved...Lacks coverage instincts...Level of competition?...At Senior Bowl he impressed scouts with awareness and closing speed.... "...Excellent size to go along with very good overall athletic ability...Plays at a lower level of competition...Not instinctive...He will test off the charts and that should get him drafted higher. But until he improves his route recognition and receiver awareness, he won't see the field." - PFW (Gabriel)

Forty: 4.65...Arm: 32.13...BP: 22...VJ: 38.0...SS: 4.18...3C: 6.93...

36 *Jayron Kearse   2 Clemson Jr 6040 216 4-5

Javon's nephew...Extremely long (2-inches taller than Killebrew) with huge upside but a bit shy in physicality or instinctiveness...Built like a beast......Scouts are excited about his range, ball skills and physical play...also has freakish speed....turnover machine and explosive hitter...has a bunch of technique stuff to clean up (footwork, poor angles etc.)...To paraphrase the late George Young: "A planet person" (i.e. there are only so many people on the planet who are that big, that athletic or that productive)....But, in some ways, still a project.... "...played more aggressively on 2014 tape than 2015. He has above average play speed...He flashes as a big hitter, but you don't see it all the time...a smart, alert and instinctive safety...but he just doesn't malke the plays he did a year ago. It almost looks like he was playing not to get hurt..." - PFW (Gabriel).

Pro Day (Brandt) - Kearse ran a 4.60 -second short shuttle and then stood on the rest of his numbers from the Combine. He worked out good in the positional drills, and showed good ball skills.

Forty: 4.62...Arm: 34.25...BP: 16..VJ: 31.5...SS: 4.60...3C: 7.06...

64 Kevin Byard   5 Middle Tennessee rSr 5-11 216 5

Small school product who's gained the scouts' attention with dominating play...Built like a safety but more fluid as an athlete...good mental handle on the position (& works at it)...PFDG describes as an instinctive, high IQ safety - an overachiever"...Playmaker (19 interceptions in college)....Vocal leader/film junkie/reads tape well...lacks the downhill violence you'd expect from the position...Wasn't invited to combine despite impressive outing at Senior Bowl...will have to show evaluators he's got the speed needed to run with the big NFL dawgs...Compact and muscular with smooth hips...quick COD...another turnover machine...pretty reliable tackling in the open field...Level of competition has to be an issue...Looked like he belonged at Senior Bowl...but could be taller...more a bringer-downer than an exploder...less than ideal deep speed... "...Has 19 career interceptions mainly because of his very good awareness in coverage...That said, he's not a good cover guy (man to man)....Credited with a number of tackles but he isn not a big hitter." - PFW (Gabriel).

Arm: NA...BP: NA...

84 Elijah Shumate   6 Notre Dame Sr 6000 216 5-6

Instinctive box guy from Notre Dame...Lacks fluidity and range...Best vs. run/uses length to mask coverage liabilities....average instincts, ball and coverage skills (not at his best playing centerfield...Figures to be a Day 2 pick and initially a depth guy with tools to develop into a starter over time.... "...Old fashioned box safety...Great size, strong and explosive. Aggressive in run support...can struggle in coverage...not fluid with pedal and turn." - PFW (Gabriel).

Forty: 4.58...Arm: 31.13....BP: 18...VJ: 33.0...SS: 4.51...

120+ Jordan Lucas   7 Penn State Sr 6000 201 6

Good speed and agility scores...Red flag for (non-specified) injury)...Former wide receiver who played CB for two years...PFDG says he needs to become more physical (but ESPN says otherwise)...good technique for position (footwork, mirroring, route-anticipation, reading QB's eyes)....Loves to play downholl with a predisposition to "hit now" and ask questions after...plays with aggressive attitude...a bit grabby and risks being penalized...tackling could be improved...

Pro Day )Brandt) - Lucas did the 40-yard dash in 4.45 and 4.46 seconds. He had a 38-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-10 broad jump. He did the 20-yard short shuttle in 4.21 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.78 seconds. Lucas looked very good in his positional workout.

Arm: 30.13...Forty: 4.45...VJ: 38.0...BJ: 10-10...BP: DNL...SS: 4.21...3C: 6.78...

120+ Trae Elston   8 Ole Miss Sr 5-11 195 6-7

Lights-out in-the box hitter, but hasn't intercepted a pass yet...extremely aggressive....downill complement to centerfield teammate, Cody Prewitt...kind of straight-linish...

Arm: NA...BP: NA...

120+ KJ Dillon   10 West Virginia Sr 6000 210 7-FA

Big enough, athletic enough and good in coverage but can he tackle?...Improved his stock at Senior Bowl...came out of a well-regarded high school program....Impressive in most aspects of playing the position - from run defense to pass coverage....Terrific energy and ball skills...."like having another CB on the field" - Bo Marchionte....Could improve jam and tackling techn...may lack elite deep speed...a bit north & south in his movement...Is his style of play "swagger?" or "arrogance?".... " He has real good size but needs to get stronger...misses too many tackles." - PFW (Gabriel).

Arm: 31.53....BP: 11...

288 Michael Caputo   12+ Wisconsin rSr 6-1 205 7-FA

Character guy and willing hitter, but is he athletic enough to cover anyone?....: "...Physical...The closer he gets to the line of scrimmage, the better he plays...only average receiver awareness." - PFW (Gabriel).

Arm: NA...BP: NA...

299 Tevin Carter   12+ Utah rSr 6010 218 7-FA
Arm: 32.0...BP: 19
120+ RJ Williamson   11 Michigan State rSr 5-11 213 7-FA

Fire-pluggish...Prototypical "box" guy who'll stone the run but lacks cover skills expecred from a free safety...does have some playmaking potential....Above average instincts, ball skills and support vs. run but only so-so in coverage...ESPN considers a Day 2 prospect.

Arm: NA...BP: NA...

120+ Jordan Simone   10 Arizona State rSr 5-11 195 7-FA

PFDG describes as a "miniature LB" who fills hard vs. the run but who'll be lacking in coverage...Effort/character guy who carries a late-round grade...strengths are his intangibles (leadership, instincts, work ethic)....adequate cover skills....below average ball skills...not as fluid or aggressive enough in coverage....

Arm: NA...BA: NA...

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