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2013 DRAFT PREVIEW: Safeties

Overview: Safety is often thought of as one of the poor cousins on draft day, however, the truth of the matter is that since 2006 one more safety (5) has been a top 10 selection than the comparitive number for CBs (4). And it appears that the safety class for the upcoming draft will be relatively talented, but maybe not that deep. It may also be a stretch for anyone at the position to be a top 10 selection, although Southern Cal veteran T.J. McDonald and LSU junior Eric Reid may not be that far off as both should at least get some mid-first round consideration. McDonald, the son of former USC All-America safety Tim McDonald who went on to a productive 13-year NFL career, isn't going to blow away anyone with his measurables, but he is a solid two-way player with good enough size and speed as well as top-end football smarts and instincts. Same for Reid, who isn't a burner either, but is a physical player with excellent instincts and range.

There appears to be something of a drop-off to the next level of safeties, but there are a number of possible mid-to-late second day prospects at the position including Kenny Vaccaro of Texas, Baccari Rambo of Georgia, and Oklahoma junior Tony Jefferson, while Shawn Williams of Georgia, juniors C.J. Barnett of Ohio State and Matt Elam of Florida and John Boyett of Oregon have early third-day potential.

The upcoming safety class has also taken some hits of late.  Former Miami FS Ray-Ray Armstrong, for example, has the physical tools to be a factor in the latter part of the opening round, but he'll be making his case at NAIA Faulkner after being kicked off the Miami team following a third incident involving potential improper benefits contact. Meanwhile, UGA's Rambo, who some have compared - at least physically - to former Alabama FS Mark Barron, the 7th player taken at the 2012 draft, will sit out the first 4 games of the upcoming season for violating the school’s drug policy, although he claims its all a misunderstanding that resulted when he inadvertently ate a brownie with pot in it. Whatever, there'll be some further explanation required at pre-draft team interviews.
Top 20 DB Prospects
#
Player
H/W
School
CL
#
Player
H/W
School
CL
1
T.J. McDonald 6-2, 205 Southern California SR
11
John Boyett 5-10, 205 Oregon SR
2
Eric Reid 6-2, 210 LSU JR
12
D. J. Swearinger 6-0, 210 South Carolina SR
3
Kenny Vaccaro
6-1, 215
Texas SR
13
Jarred Holley
5-10, 190
Pittsburgh
SR`
4
Robert Lester 6-2, 210 LSU SR
14
Prentiss Waggner 6-1, 180 Tennessee SR
5
Baccari Rambo 6-0, 220 Georgia SR
15
Jahleel Addae 5-10, 195 Central Michigan SR
6
Tony Jefferson 5-10, 210 Oklahoma JR
16
NBrandon Bishop 6-10, 210 North Carolina State SR
7
Ray-Ray Armstrong 6-3, 215 Faulkner JR
17
Drew Frey 6-2, 210 Cincinnati SR
8
Shawn Williams 6-0, 220 Georgia SR
18
Malcolm Bronson  5-11, 195 McNeese State SR
9
C.J. Barnett 6-0, 205 Ohio State JR
19
Vaughn Telemaque 6-2, 210 Miami SR
10
Matt Elam 5-11, 215 Florida JR
20
Daimion Stafford 6-1, 210 Nebraska SR

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