Thursday, June 9, 2011

2012 NFL Draft: Senior Safety Watch

1. Kenny Tate, Maryland – Some people have Tate as an outside linebacker prospect and he will play there some this season, but I still think he can play safety in the NFL. Whatever position he plays he is a productive player just like he was last season when he had 100 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 4 pass break-ups. He is a good overall athlete

2. Mark Barron, Alabama – Barron is a big time hitter who has good size and speed with the range to cover tight end, running backs. He is a ready made NFL safety who should come right in and be a playmaker in the NFL. Last season he had 75 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 6 pass break-ups.

3. Delano Howell, Stanford – Howell has average size for a safety but is a good overall athlete who was a big time running back coming out of high school. He has good ball skills and last season had 5 interceptions to go along with 60 total tackles, 1 sack and 5 pass break-ups.

4. Lance Mitchell, Oregon State – Mitchell has good size for a safety at close to 6-2 210 pounds and is a big time athlete in the secondary. What you like about Mitchell is that he can play the run as well as the pass and shows the ability to play both man to man and also is good in zone coverage. Last season he had 74 total tackles 2 interceptions and 3 pass break-ups.

5. Tony Dye, UCLA – Dye is a tough guy who not only ran track in high school but also played hockey as a youth and almost gave up football to play hockey in high school in Minnesota. Last season he led the team with 96 total tackles and also had 3.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception and 9 pass break-ups.

6. Eddie Whitley, Virginia Tech – Whitley has good coverage skills for a safety and early in his career at Virginia Tech played some at cornerback. Because of his coverage skills and good size he is a player who could rise up on teams draft boards as the season goes along. Last season he had 80 total tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions and 6 pass break-ups.

7. Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State – Martin is a overall good athlete who has been timed in the 40, in the 4.4 range and has 37 inch vertical jump. Last season he had 55 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions and 10 pass break-ups. He needs to support the run a little better and react a little bit quicker and turn those pass break up into interceptions if he is able to do that could be a very nice prospect for next year’s draft.

8. Aaron Henry, Wisconsin – Henry played his first two seasons at cornerback before last year making the move to safety, so is a little raw but makes up for with his good coverage skills from his cornerback background. He needs in improve in the run game, but that should come with time. Last season he had 58 total tackles, 2 interceptions and 7 pass break-ups.

9. George Iloka, Boise State – Iloka is a big, physical safety at close to 6-3, 220 pounds. He is very good come down and supporting the run and in zone coverage but struggles sometimes when he is asked to cover man-to-man. Last season he had 63 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions and 5 pass break-ups.

10. Sean Cattouse, California – Cattouse is a good size safety who is a good athlete who does a good job against the run and pass but needs to be more consistent in this play if he is able to do this then he can move up team draft boards. Last season he had 59 total tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception and 7 pass break-ups.

11. Winston Guy, Kentucky
12. Sean Baker, Ball State
13. Karnell Hatcher, LSU
14. Brandon Taylor, LSU
15. Blake Gideon, Texas
16. Jerrell Young, South Florida
17. Trenton Robinson, Michigan State
18. Christian Scott, Texas
19. Harrison Smith, Notre Dame
20. Charles Mitchell, Mississippi State

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