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2016 NFL Draft: Complete Safety Rankings

The 2016 safety class features an interesting collection of players from both big-time programs as well as some talented small school prospe

The 2016 safety class features an interesting collection of players from both big-time programs as well as some talented small school prospects among the top names. Many come with questions and incomplete games, but we think there’s a potential star at the top of the list. In total, 31 have been given a draftable grade and 15 as priority free agents, out of 122 safety prospects scouted, graded and ranked. Sr = Senior, Jr = Junior, So = Sophomore. An “r” prefix indicates a redshirt year (sat out for a year without playing, usually their first year of college) 1. Karl Joseph, West Virginia, Sr – 1st Round A combination of his size not suiting the minimum requirements at safety for some teams, missing the majority of the 2015 season with a knee injury and the sheer strength in depth at the top of this draft all could result in Joseph not hearing his name called Thursday night on the first day of the draft. That might prove to be a league-wide error should it occur, as Joseph is one of the best pure football players in this year’s class. Last year I adamantly backed linebacker Erick Kendricks as one of the ten best prospects in that draft; this year I’m insisting on Joseph as a high first rounder. The Mountaineers safety has clocked a lot of playing time in his college career, starting all 13 games as a true freshman and going on to start all his first three years with the team. He’s an absolute rocket with superb range to fly all over the field both in coverage and in run support. Despite being relatively short, he’s not slightly built, and is known in particularly for his intensely physical style of play that sees him flatten ball carriers, that is after showing off his incredible closing speed. While that results in a highlight reel that looks outstanding played back to back, his 2014 junior film was also interspersed with far too many missed tackles and leaving wide open space as he abandoned some assignments, making him somewhat of a liability at times as a result. Joseph is an intelligent guy though and fully realised that he needed to be less wild in his playing style, and made a lot of effort in the off-season before the start of his senior year to improve his discipline. It certainly paid off as well; in his opening 3 games of the season, Joseph’s play was sensational, looking much more disciplined and controlled, while not losing any of his elite playmaking ability. That made it all the more gutting when after collecting 5 interceptions in those first 3 games, he suffered a non-contact injury to his knee in practice that ended his season. While he’s well on his way to fully recovering, he still wasn’t quite ready to take part in the combine just past, but still made a positive impression when interviewed, showing his passion in his desire to be out there competing and proving that he’s the best. Joseph is a complete safety, who has outstanding awareness, vision, and understanding to position himself to make plays. He is equally adept at charging downfield to support the run with his devastating hitting, as he is covering deep, whether it’s reading the QB to even playing man coverage over a slot receiver. This is a great talent and is going to make teams pay if he’s still on the board on day two of the draft. 2. Su’a Cravens, Southern California Jr – 2nd Round While a superb playmaker throughout his three seasons with USC, Cravens is a tricky fit for the NFL. He has the build of a safety, and earned a starting spot there his freshman year, but has played as a linebacker and pass rusher off the edge the past two years. Whoever ends up taking him will find a role for him though, as he has been so productive in exploiting his excellent football instincts, versatility and athleticism during his college career. It seems pretty even split as to whether teams see him as a safety or linebacker, so we’ll take Cravens’ opinion himself to cast the final vote, and he prefers to play as a defensive back. SO that’s that, he’s being listed in this group. Cravens has the skills to make plays in the backfield, not just as a pass rusher, but also in spotting quick tosses and out routes, flying to the ball carrier and taking him down for a loss before he even has a chance to plot a first move. He can also be so dangerous in space and in coverage, recognising route concepts to jump them for interceptions and break ups. He may have been playing in the box as a linebacker for the most part, but he has 9 career interceptions and 16 pass breakups for a reason; Cravens shows the excellent ball skills of a DB. That, along with his 32 TFLs in just the past two seasons highlights the impact that Cravens can make on multiple levels of the field. Safety? Linebacker? Call him what you will, he simply makes plays. The energy and aggression he shows is infectious. There’s a good chance that the Trojans star will still be on the board early on day 2, and there aren’t that many players who can impact a game the way he can that will be on offer in that second round, and ought to be snapped up fairly quickly. 3. DeAndre Houston-Carson, William & Mary, rSr – 3rd Round A small school safety, and an outstanding one too with excellent game film. While he’s possibly not quite quick enough to play there at the NFL level, his good football IQ has seen him perform impressively at corner for the Tribe for three seasons before converting to free safety for his senior year. In both roles, regardless of where he lines up, he consistently has shown really good discipline and positioning, uses polished technique both in coverage and when tackling, with good angles taken and brings some physicality too. As a corner, he put his good eyes and play reading ability to line up off man and play in zone coverage concepts. Playing off was required due to lacking ideal deep speed to stick with faster receivers on go routes, and facilitated the move to safety. That likely would have happened in the NFL even if he’d continued at corner for William & Mary his final year, but the fact that he got a full season of experience there and performed to a high level is a big plus. Even if he does need a bit of time to learn and adjust, he can contribute early on special teams in the meantime, where he’s had a big impact on all units despite being one of the teams most talented starters. He even went on a run of blocking 3 kicks in 3 consecutive games at one point. Houston-Carson is a decisive safety, quick to make his move downhill with an aggressive playing style. He’ll take a few chances playing that way that opens up gaps behind him, but hopefully can find a good balance that doesn’t curb his instincts too much. He can make plays on the ball as well, and has 10 interceptions to his name over his college career. The talented defensive back has the experience to possibly contribute and cover at several spots in the secondary, with a great work ethic and attitude both on and off the field. In fact, something that has emerged over the course of this process so far has been many people talking very highly of Houston-Carson’s character, that he speaks well and impresses those he meets. There’s plenty to like about this prospect, both as a player and person. 4. Darian Thompson, Boise State, rSr – 3rd Round Few defensive backs this year, at either corner or safety, will enter the NFL with as much production as the three-and-a-half-year starter for the Broncos. With 19 interceptions, including five this past year and seven in 2014, he has proven his ability to impact the passing game and create turnovers. His all-round game extends to moving downhill to take down ball carriers who hit the second level with 136 combined tackles over the last two seasons, with 13.5 tackles for loss (TFLs) over that period. All within a stout frame built to hold up at the next level. However, his athletic traits have been brought into question following the combine, that saw him run one of the slowest recorded times among safeties present, which could hurt his chances of going in the top two rounds, depending on how teams let that impact their grade on him. He certainly gets in good positions to make plays on film. Having said that, another criticism of his game is how often he takes chances, making guesses that don’t always pay off and catches him either out of position or being late to the action due to having to recover from taking a few false steps in the wrong direction. The sheer amount of time he spends around the ball though suggests that such a question shouldn’t be over-stated, and the quality of some of his interceptions and the ball skills he shows speaks to his talented playmaking skills. He will miss some tackles, but is generally reliable when in position to wrap up. While the combine wasn’t the most positive weekend for his stock, his performance at the Senior Bowl prior to that certainly was, in particularly during the game itself. In the first half of that all-star contest, Thompson was seemingly around the ball on every play. On top of that, Thompson really impresses with his character and attitude, something that reports suggest came through very well during interviews at the Senior Bowl, adding to his good week there in Mobile. He has his limitations, and likely isn’t going to ever reach Pro Bowl status or the like, but has the size, production and playmaking ability desired. 5. Vonn Bell, Ohio State, Jr – 3rd Round Some view Bell as the top safety in this class, and in terms of understanding his role in coverage, is certainly very strong in that area. The film constantly leaves me frustrated over and over again with his at times awful effort against the run and lack of hustle. Watch the Michigan State film, Ohio State’s only loss of the year, from start to finish and you shall see a player who quits on far too many plays, shying away from contact and taking it way too easy. Players are known to take snaps off, but to do so that much in the most crucial game of the season raises real concerns. At the combine, Bell was asked frequently about his poor play versus the run and quite bluntly stated “sometimes you get lazy”. Doesn’t sound like a guy with the right mental attitude required and it’s reflected in his game film, not just this season but before. Undersized like Joseph, the difference between how they approach their game is night and day. Another disappointment is a significant drop in the production this year from Bell’s sophomore season. After posting 92 tackles with 6 INTs and 6 pass breakups, his numbers dropped to 65 tackles and 2 INTs, though in fairness with 9 pass breakups. More positively, and as referred to before, there’s no doubt that he has good instincts for playing in coverage, an area that a lot of college safeties often struggle a bit with. The potential to line him up as a 3rd safety or nickel fits a need in every NFL defensive system currently, in addition to playing deep. His range is good to cover the sidelines, and has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. He has experience of big games and pressure as with all the other multitude of players the Buckeyes have in this year’s draft class, after being part of the national championship side of a couple seasons ago. 6. Jeremy Cash, Duke, rSr – 3rd Round From one Ohio State safety to a former one. Cash started there, before choosing to transfer to the Blue Devils where he has played outstandingly well for the past three seasons, putting up some massive numbers, in particularly in the tackles-made column. He’s hit triple digits in that category each year, totalling 333 stops over those three seasons, as well as 18 TFLs in this season alone. Cash is a tricky fit for the NFL. He is essentially a linebacker in Duke’s system, playing exclusively in the box and almost never dropping back. In his first season with the team in 2013 he had a few more opportunities to drop back and play more in space, with 4 interceptions and 4 pass break ups that season, so he has proven capable of doing a role in coverage, but it’s far from a strength. Those plays tended to still involve starting up near the line of scrimmage and dropping back, rather than starting deep and working downhill. In addition, he’s quite frankly too stiff in his movements to realistically do much of a job there at the next level regardless. All that said, Cash has superb instincts that led to the huge production, around the ball constantly, then making the game-changing tackles for loss, forcing turnovers and mistakes. The effort is non-stop each snap. His size isn’t ideal for a guy who spends so much time in the box, and isn’t the strongest either, which likely will see him get stuck on blocks and controlled in the NFL. He’s a natural playmaker though who can be moved around as a versatile piece on defense, as well as contributing on all special teams units. His film is special, even if it’s necessary to keep realistic when taking a step back and projecting just how well it all translates to the pro game. But with his instincts, he’ll surely find a way to make it work and adapt, he’s that kind of player. 7. Keanu Neal, Florida, Jr – 3rd Round Rangy and violent, that’s Neal in a couple of adjectives. The aggression he plays with leads to some great play as a downhill safety, exceling in the run game where his physicality and directness quickly end plays in emphatic fashion. The Florida Gators defense was one of the best in the country this season, dragging their lacklustre offense to an SEC title game, and for a while challenging for the playoffs despite being so reliant on just the one side of the ball. Neal was one member of a stacked secondary, and while the corner pairing that included Hargreaves and the equally talented Jalen Tabor received more attention, Neal had a strong enough season to warrant declaring early as a junior. Despite missing a couple games, Neal finished the year with 96 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, 2 sacks, 1 INT and 1 pass breakup. Those stats do hint at not being the best in coverage, which is fair to say, as it’s not his strength. He does move well and smoothly in space though, even if he’s not a stand out athlete, and can be trusted to cover a good area of the field. That said, moving downfield to take down ball carriers is his primary role. The instincts and general awareness are not quite there yet, and it’s not certain right now if he is one to read a QB or the situation and anticipate in order to be a more effect player beyond his hard-hitting fly to the ball carrier style. He could develop that area of his game, or might just not have the natural high football IQ to ever have a true complete game. His durability is in question as well, having missed time on and off over his career. There’s a lot to love about what he does do well though and his general attitude, with a good frame for the position to start and continue to be productive. 8. Miles Killebrew, Southern Utah, Sr – 3rd Round If someone can match Joseph when it comes to hard-hitting highlight reel moments, that would be Killebrew, part of a very strong Thunderbirds defense that will see several players drafted this year. He may come from a small school against lower competition level, but did the necessary requirement of dominating at that level, and piled up 132 tackles as a senior, with 2.5 TFLs and 7 pass breakups (no interceptions this year), and also has blocked a number of kicks on special teams too. He certainly comes with NFL-level size as well. That said, another ideal box to check off that he belongs is proving himself against better opposition at an all-star game. Killebrew attended the Senior Bowl, but underwhelmed during the practices which is a concern, as is the fact that he reportedly didn’t impress during some of his interviews with teams present. The question of performing at a higher level therefore still remain a bit of a concern. He bounced back to some degree in February at the combine though, in terms of showing enough athletically with solid runs and jumps, amid questions that some even wondered if he’d make a weakside linebacker if he tested poorly. There’s no doubt that he is at his best playing down in the box against the run and challenging anyone who dares to enter the middle of the field on short to intermediate routes in the passing game. He’s not a major liability deep in coverage; he understands his job and reads the field well, but it’s certainly not his strength. The play in the box isn’t perfect either in all honesty, with the occasional poor positioning and bad angle taken. He might need a bit of time to sharpen his game enough before being a big part of the defense he becomes a part of. He’s got a great on-field demeanour about him though, and it’s hard not to fall in love with his game. 9. Sean Davis, Maryland, Sr – 3rd-4th Round When you can play equally as well at practically any position across the secondary, that kind of versatility and ability to fill in brings so much value and ensures such a player won’t last on the board too long. Playing at safety his first two seasons with the Terrapins, Davis continued there early in his junior year as well before shifting to corner mid-season, where he stayed for his final season as a senior. That has seen him pile up experience over 50 games, and in that time surpass 300 tackles. His 2015 season at cornerback saw him pile up 88 tackles, 3 interceptions, 3 pass breakups and 5 forced fumbles, continuing to make an impact in multiple areas from that spot as well. During his time at safety, Davis was known for his hard-hitting style. As a corner, his big frame made him a constant matchup problem. It was thought that perhaps the combine would provide a bit of insight into where he might best fit at the next level. However, that didn’t work out as he measured in with a build more than suited to play in the middle, but then proceeded to run a superb fast 40-yard dash of 4.46 seconds with a 1.56 10-yard split. To do that at his size and strength (21 reps in the bench press too) is outstanding and will appeal to practically every team who focusses on taking longer corners (see the Seahawks as an obvious example there). There’s some technical bad habits right now when playing corner, so while there’s loads to like and a heap of upside, there’s still some work-in-progress about his game. He can be caught out by intricacies by both quarterbacks tricking him with his eyes, and by receivers with clever movements to shake him and gain a step or two of space. He’s certainly a project. 10. Jalen Mills, LSU, Sr – 3rd-4th Round One prospect who did start to perhaps indicate where his best fit could be for the pros is Mills. The LSU defensive back is another who has played at both corner and safety, as well as having a “tweener” build. Running a 4.61 dash time at the combine could well see some teams decide that that defines him as a safety. His size is marginal for the position however, hence the problem of not ideally fitting either spot. That said, he plays with solid speed on the field in pads, with his fluid movements helping to reduce some issues with the straight line speed. The problems that limit Mills’ stock extend beyond just where to play him though. He’s struggled to stay healthy, missing a lot of games over his time with the Tigers. That included missing time at the start of his senior season while continuing to recover from a leg fracture and damaged ankle ligaments. Even more concerning that will put off some teams, is the incident in 2014 where he was charged with battery leading to probation, bringing up character red flags. The on-field play, while healthy, has been at a high level though, joining the tradition over the last decade of LSU providing next-level talent from their secondary. He has football smarts, being referred to by teammates as being like having an extra coach on the field. He shows good vision and understanding of playing in a zone scheme, as well as good anticipation and timing to make plays in the backfield on corner/safety blitzes. There’s a heck of a lot of traits and skills that absolutely translate to the NFL game, provided he eases concerns in both his interviews and with his medical. 11. Justin Simmons, Boston College, Sr – 4th Round Playing on a poor team can make it difficult to receive attention, even when it’s greatly deserved. Standing out against quality opposition will certainly help though. Simmons made the most of his game against the eventual national title runners up Clemson with a superb performance that included 9 tackles and an interception against the Tigers. He has been a very steady performer all year and over his career beyond that, with a game based around disciplined play, high effort, great vision and sound technique, especially as a reliable tackler. There’s no real weaknesses to his game, and brings good size for the position. He’s unquestionably a safety in the NFL, but having filled in and playing well at corner as well at times is still a positive to note. The only real question was whether he had the athleticism to continue his good play at the next level too, and he certainly answered that in some style at the combine. with explosive jumps of 10ft 6 in the broad (tied 8th among all DB’s) and 40” in the vertical (3rd best). Just as impressive were his change of direction speed which were reflected in his 3 cone time of 6.58 seconds and short shuttle time of 3.85 seconds, both of which led all safeties in attendance. He’s checked off a lot of boxes over the course of this pre-draft process, as he had a strong week at the East-West Shrine all-star event as well just before the combine. He’s a smart player who sees the field well, doesn’t make mistakes and brings a clean character and a very good work ethic to get the most out of his abilities. His senior year resulted in 67 tackles, with 5 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recovers, and 2 pass breakups. He’ll make a pretty safe middle round selection. 12. T.J. Green, Clemson, Jr – 4th Round One of the fastest risers recently, Green is an absolute freak athlete that will likely see someone draft him much earlier than he perhaps ought to be due to his rare physical traits and the potential, over the actual play on the field so far and lack of experience. Green signed with the Clemson Tigers as a 2-star wider receiver and special teams player, and didn’t see a lot of action early on. He decided therefore to make the switch to defense and saw a bit of time contributing as a backup in 2014, before emerging as a starter this past season for the first time. Despite only playing one year full time, he decided to skip his senior year and enter the draft now instead. That will likely see some questions from NFL teams asking why he wouldn’t stay another year and improve what is an extremely raw game, and could well be a legitimate concern that he’d make that choice. The numbers from his one year certainly look good from a tackle production perspective. Green amassed 95 stops in 2015 as a highly active run defender exceling at charging downfield into the box and hitting with force. The lack of experience is all over his film though. Green just does not seem to understand coverage assignments, gets horribly out of position, and is responsible for bad busts that lead to wide open players making easy huge plays for long touchdowns. His communication and ability to work in tandem with teammates breaks down frequently. He is a massive projection to what he can do in time – is he going to learn how to properly execute his assignments and progress to better anticipate plays and read quarterbacks? It’s a bit of an unknown and a major risk, especially if he indeed goes high on day 2 of the draft as predicted. Is he another Taylor Mays? We’ll see. He ought to be a standout on special teams while he takes his time to develop, where his exceptional 4.34 speed at 6ft 2 ½ & 209 lbs will be put to very good use. 13. Tyvis Powell, Ohio State, rJr – 4th Round Powell is another with a lot to like from a measurables point of view. Running in the 4.4’s himself at nearly 6ft 3 and 211 lbs, Powell looks the part, and brings a lot of big game experience starting next to Vonn Bell the last couple years for the successful Buckeyes – yet another name from that defense that will be getting picked over draft weekend. A big positive with Powel is his very good ball skills and ability to come up with big plays, snagging seven interceptions over the past two seasons to go with his solid tackle numbers. That said, he’s a bit of a long strider who doesn’t flow around the field as smoothly, without sharp breaks that limits him in some coverage assignments and can also make him beatable in space by shifty ball carriers. He has some bad habits and inconsistencies when tackling that can lead to misses and poor angles or positioning that leaves him at fault for some bad plays. He’s got plenty to clean up to become a reliable starter, and might end up more of a long term backup to low-end starter for his NFL team. 14. KJ Dillon, West Virginia, Sr – 4th Round When his partner Karl Joseph went down three games into the season, Dillon really stepped up both in his play and in taking on a bigger role as a leader on the Mountaineers defense. He would have liked his teammate to not have been missing, but that said it probably was a positive overall for Dillon in terms of his draft stock for those reasons above. A good athlete (he has returned a few kicks & punts on special teams) with nice size, Dillon does a good job covering a large part of the field. He played primarily from the “spur” backer position, essentially lining up in the box closer to the line of scrimmage. His role still required to contribute against both the run and pass, and though he doesn’t have true deep speed, shows good coverage traits to get his head around and attack the ball as well as some cornerbacks. He’s active against the run, but does show some issues at times getting off blocks, missing a few tackles and over-running some plays. He has shown steady progress over his time in college though, seems a good worker, and likely will make a solid and dependable mid-round pick with a relatively high floor. 15. Kevin Byard, Middle Tennessee, rSr – 5th Round One of the bigger combine snubs after not being invited, Byard isn’t going to let that stop him from getting drafted, potentially in the middle rounds. He showed exactly why he ought to have been taking part in Indy with an exceptional pro day performance in which he tested much better than expected. Whether it translates to the field is another question. Byard at times has showed struggles closing down ball carriers in space even when taking the right angles. The numbers are there in shorts though, with 4.4 speed, explosive jumps and change of direction times that certainly helped his stock further. There’s no doubt that he is a fantastic playmaker, with 19 career interceptions and four years of consistently high production for the Blue Raiders, and while he played in Conference-USA, has faced a number of quality opponents a couple times a year including Alabama this past season. 16. Daryl Worley, West Virginia, Jr – 5th Round A third West Virginia safety on this list? How many do they play? Well, Worley lined up at cornerback for the Mountaineers, not at safety, and has for the most part played well outside over his time as a starter. However, with his lack of ideal deep speed, and his sturdy build at a solid 6ft 1 and 204 lbs, he arguably will better suit switching to more of a free safety / big nickel type of role for the pros where his impressive ball skills can be put to use, while protecting him from having his weaknesses exposed and exploited. The specific role he’d fit might limit his stock and his scheme fit, or alternatively his experience outside and to perhaps offer depth across the secondary might be looked as an overall positive. It could vary between teams. Statistically Worley has a lot to sell himself on, with 12 pass breakups and 6 interceptions in 2015 and 10 picks in total over his time in college. He’s had his struggles at times though, being responsible for giving up some big plays. While one of his biggest traits is his size, he was hugely disappointing when going up against Oklahoma State’s Marcell Ateman this season, a tall 6ft 4 receiver who kept winning jump balls over Worley all game long; Worley’s size didn’t seem to help him in that particular matchup. Worley will also have some character questions to answer, receiving a suspended sentence over an assault charge in 2015. 17. Deon Bush, Miami (Fla.), Sr – 5th-6th Round Overall, Bush has greatly under-achieved during his time with the Hurricanes, to the point where you wouldn’t argue were he to go very late in the draft. He is certainly still worth a mid to late selection though as he has flashed the talent at times that might have led to an early round pick had he consistently shown that ability. Injuries throughout his time in college factor in to those troubles in being more consistent, and durability is another question mark that could hurt his stock further. The positives are in his good length and impressive athleticism to cover a wide range of the field. There’s versatility to contribute on safety blitzes to make plays in the backfield and to make some impressive interceptions in coverage. He delivers some big hits, loving to throw his body around, occasionally missing entirely on those however. If he can stay healthy and develop some consistency, he does have starter potential and as a result might prove to end up a nice steal late on. 18. Clayton Fejedelem, Illinois, Sr – 6th Round Coming out of high school, Fejedelem’s best offer was to Grand Valley State. He believed he was better than that and could play at the FBS level, and so instead chose to walk on at Illinois, got himself noticed by the coaching staff in practice and before long was establishing himself as a standout safety, not just on the team but in the country. Fejedelem led the nation in total tackles by a non-linebacker (and still tied-5th overall) with 140 this season, including a 19 tackle performance against Wisconsin. He might not offer a complete game, and shows some struggles handling coverage duties, especially when asked to line up one-on-one. Against the run and moving downhill though is another matter, showing excellent anticipation and vision, as well as the ability to work through the traffic to take optimum routes to the ball carrier, before taking him down with good wrap up technique. He’s another who was wrongly snubbed from the combine but proved his good athletic abilities at his pro day instead. He may not have the highest ceiling, but his tough, hard-working and effective style certainly translates. 19. Tevin Carter, Utah, rSr – 6th-7th Round There’s a lot of untapped potential in Carter, after taking a long round to this point in his football career. Signing with the Cal Bears originally in 2010 as a highly touted 4-star wide receiver, the 6ft 1, 218 lb Carter did not see the field and left to join Los Angeles SW College, where he converted to safety, playing there for two seasons. The next stop was a season at a community college which did not involve playing any football, before finally joining Utah in 2014. After getting off to a superb start including a couple INTs in the first 4 games of the season, Carter suffered a season ending injury. It took until this year, and a medical redshirt being granted to allow him to play again in 2015, to finally showcase his talent fully at a top school in college football. The lack of total experience at this level is a negative, but he has the measurables to make the NFL as a smooth athlete with solid size, and ability to cover a good range. Add in the awareness and field vision he displays, and it’s not hard to see this journeyed athlete settling down as part of an NFL roster and developing into a potential future starter. He finished off his time in college in impressive style with two interceptions in the bowl win over BYU, returning one of them for a touchdown.

Late grades:

20. Kavon Frazier, Central Michigan, Sr – 7th Round. 21. Andrew Adams, Connecticut, rSr – 7th Round. 22. Jordan Lucas, Penn State, Sr – 7th Round. 23. Jayron Kearse, Clemson, Jr – 7th Round. 24. Kodi Whitfield, Stanford, Sr – 7th Round. 25. Jordan Simone, Arizona State, rSr – 7th Round. 26. Trevon Stewart, Houston, Sr – 7th-PFA (Priority Free Angent). 27. Elijah Shumate, Notre Dame, Sr – 7th-PFA. 28. Kamu Grugier-Hill, Eastern Illinois, Sr – 7th-PFA. 29. Derrick Kindred, TCU, Sr – 7th-PFA. 30. Jarrod Wilson, Michigan, Sr – 7th-PFA. 31. Trae Elston, Ole Miss, Sr – 7th-PFA.

Priority Free Agent:

32. Kevin Pierre-Louis, Colorado State, rSr 33. Michael Caputo, Wisconsin, rSr 34. Will Parks, Arizona, Sr 35. Jamie Byrd, South Florida, Sr 36. Jamal Golden, Georgia Tech, rSr 37. Doug Middleton, Appalachian State, rSr 38. Jordan Lomax, Iowa, rSr 39. Lamarcus Brutus, Florida State, rSr 40. A.J. Hendy, Maryland, rSr 41. Kentrell Brice, Louisiana Tech, Sr 42. Lee Hightower, Houston, rSr 43. Trent Matthews, Colorado State, rSr 44. A.J. Stamps, Kentucky, Sr 45. LaDarrell McNeil, Tennessee, Sr 46. Jimmy Pruitt, San Jose State, Sr

Potential to make a roster or practice squad:

47. D.J. Hunter, Marshall, rSr 48. Brent Spikes, McNeese State, Sr 49. Chief Brown, Ole Miss, rSr 50. RJ Williamson, Michigan State, rSr 51. Hakim Jones, North Carolina State, rSr 52. Wallace Scott, McNeese State, Sr 53. Traveon Henry, Northwestern, Sr 54. Tim Kilfoy, Northern Iowa, Sr 55. Marqui Christian, Midwestern State, Sr 56. Michael Mudoh, Tulsa, rSr 57. Tyler Hunter, Florida State, rSr

Outside shot at making a team:

58. Marwin Evans, Utah State, Sr 59. Brian Randolph, Tennessee, rSr 60. Patrick Onwuasor, Portland State, Sr 61. Peni Vea, UNLV, rSr 62. Anthony Nixon, Maryland, Sr 63. Matthias Farley, Notre Dame, rSr 64. Stefan McClure, California, rSr 65. Anthony Thompson, Southern Illinois, rSr 66. Isaiah Johnson, South Carolina, rSr 67. Geno Matias-Smith, Alabama, Sr 68. C.J. Cleveland, Louisiana Tech, Sr 69. Shannon Edwards, Fresno State, Sr 70. Sharrod Neasman, Florida Atlantic, Sr

Something to like about their game, but longshot to make a team:

71. Rontavious Atkins, Western Michigan, Sr 72. Travis Blanks, Clemson, rJr 73. Rohan Gaines, Arkansas, rSr 74. Taj Letman, Marshall, rSr 75. Tashon Whitehurst, South Florida, Sr 76. Jered Bell, Colorado, Sr 77. Michael Wadsworth, Brigham Young, Sr 78. Ian Simon, Missouri, rSr 79. Jourdan Wickliffe, Eastern Illinois, Sr 80. Antonio Johnson, Minnesota, Sr 81. Micah Eugene, Southeastern Louisiana, rSr 82. Antonio Glover, Georgia Southern, Sr 83. Demond Smith, Georgia Tech, rSr 84. DeQuinten Spraggins, Murray State, Sr 85. Denzel Thompson, Southeastern Louisiana, rSr 86. T.J. Gurley, South Carolina, Sr 87. Shakiel Randolph, Southern Methodist, Sr 88. Adrian McDonald, Houston, Sr 89. Alex Wells, Temple, Sr 90. Qujuan Floyd, Iowa State, Sr 91. Marquis Drayton, Bethune-Cookman, Sr 92. Eilar Hardy, Bowling Green, rSr 93. Marlon Moore, Northern Illinois, Sr 94. Brison Burris, Miami (Ohio), rSr 95. Andrew Williamson, Vanderbilt, rSr 96. Matt Dobson, Georgia Southern, Sr

The rest:

97. Sam Smiley, North Carolina, Sr 98. Hank Spencer, Mount Union, Sr 99. Sean Ahern, Harvard, Sr 100. Xavier Walker, Middle Tennessee, Sr 101. Mitch Lane, Louisiana-Monroe, rSr 102. Alex Kocheff, Mount Union, Sr 103. Domonique Lennon, East Carolina, rSr 104. Brian Clay, Washington, Sr 105. Trenton Greene, Bowling Green, Sr 106. Kendrick Market, Mississippi State, Sr 107. Darion Monroe, Tulane, Sr 108. Davyon McKinney, Arkansas, rSr 109. Demetrius Woodard, Texas State, Sr 110. Dallas Crawford, Miami (Fla.), rSr 111. Joe Colton, Massachusetts, Sr 112. Anthony Gaffney, Princeton, Sr 113. Keelin Smith, Florida State, rSr 114. Jermaine Reve, Louisville, rSr 115. Rocco Scarfone, East Carolina, rSr 116. Tristan Eche, Sam Houston State, Sr 117. Charleston Girley, Arkansas State, Sr 118. Ryan Schwenke, Dayton, Sr 119. Devonta Burns, Texas A&M, rSr 120. Cameron McCurry, Villanova, Sr 121. Taylor Taliulu, Washington State, Sr 122. Carlos Hutton, West Georgia, Sr

Rebecca Rennie

RealSport College Football Editor, as well as writer and NFL Draft analyst, while occasionally contributing to the NFL section as well.  A fan of most sports and enjoy discussing with fellow fans, so do please comment on articles and interact.  A big fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and of the Central Florida Knights in college.

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