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2007 Rookie Profiles: Safeties

Posted: 5/7/07
 

Courtesy of the TFY Draft Preview

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Full Name:  Duriel Adams             School:   Southeastern Louisiana            

Ht:   5-9           Wt:   202            40:   4.56                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter used at both cornerback and safety.  Totaled 31 tackles and broke up three passes in six games as a senior.  Suffered a separated shoulder last year which required surgery.  Sophomore totals included career bests of 57/4/14.

Pos:

Fluid defensive back with good ball skills.  Smooth moving to the sidelines, nicely redirects to the action and displays a burst of speed.  Displays good hands for the pick and effective facing the action.

Neg:

Marginally strong at the point.  Does not consistently play with a physical nature.

Analysis:

An athletic prospect with good defensive back skills, Adams has the abilities to

be used as a dime back for a zone system.

 


 

Full Name:  Gerald Alexander       School:   Boise State                               

Ht:   6-0.5        Wt:   210            40:   4.58                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who posted 32.5/2/4 as a senior after moving to safety. 

Career-best numbers of 53/5/8 came as a sophomore at cornerback.

Pos:

Competitive and instinctive defensive back who effectively patrols center field.  Alert, works well with corners and is fluid moving about the field.  Quickly breaks to the throw, nicely times his defenses and gets vertical to knock away the ball. 

Possesses a burst of closing speed, is quick up the field and defends the run.

Neg:

Struggles pedaling in reverse and minimally effective in man coverage.  Marginal

top-end speed.  Does more hitting than wrap-up tackling.

Analysis:

A smart defensive back productive at several positions, Alexander is a solid

late-round choice who could flourish in a zone system.

 


 

Full Name:  Stephen Barrett        School:   McNeese State                         

Ht:   5-11         Wt:   205            40:   4.62                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who posted 72/2/4 as a senior after 49 tackles as a junior.

Pos:

Intelligent zone safety who is best facing the action.  Diagnoses the action and gets to the sidelines helping out cornerbacks.  Quickly locates the pass in the air and displays solid ball skills.

Neg:

Average playing speed, not fast to the flanks and usually a half-step late in

coverage.  Struggles in one-on-one situations.  Gathers into tackles.

Analysis:

Productive the past three years, Barrett has the size/speed numbers to be a

utility defensive back in the NFL.

 

 

Full Name:  Tra Battle                  School:   Georgia                                      

Ht:   5-10         Wt:   176            40:   4.49                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after totaling 58/6/7. Junior numbers were 71/2/4.

Pos:

Competitive defensive back who gives effort in his all-around game.  Remains

disciplined with assignments, plays a physical brand of football and works to get involved.  Fast to the sidelines, has a straight-line closing burst of speed and plays with a good degree of suddenness.  Possesses better-than-average ball skills.

Neg:

Undersized, struggles with large opponents and has tackles broken.

Analysis:

Intelligent and competitive, Battle’s lack of size is a limiting factor.  Could find a place on a roster as a dime back/special-teams player.

 

 

Full Name:  Melvin Bullitt             School:   Texas A&M                                

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   200            40:   4.61                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after career-best

numbers of 82/1/7.  Junior totals included 59 tackles.

Pos:

Marginally sized safety with a special-teams mentality.  Fast up the field in run

support, works to get involved in the action and wraps up tackling.  Adequate

skills in pass coverage.

Neg:

Takes poor angles to the action, is inefficient and does more chasing than actual

playmaking.  Struggles when placed over the slot receiver.

Analysis:

A hard-working defender who gives effort, Bullitt is a backup zone safety who must

 earn his wage on special-teams.

 


 

Full Name:  Joey Card                  School:   Miami-Oh                                   

Ht:   6-0           Wt:   195            40:   4.55                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter and an All-Conference selection the past two years.  Senior

totals were 90/2/11 after 67/3/3 as a junior.

Pos:

Tough, hard-hitting defender with average size/speed numbers.  Diagnoses the

action.  Takes good angles to the play and very aggressive against running or

screen plays.  Flashes cover skills in zone and has a nice break to the ball.

Neg:

Possesses just average playing speed.  Does not display top sideline-to-sideline range.

Analysis:

A limited athlete who gives a lot of effort, Card has a special-teams mentality

which will be his ticket to the next level.

 

 

Full Name:  Zach Catanese         School:   Arizona State                            

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   225            40:   4.66                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter who began his career in junior college.  All-Conference selection

 after his senior and junior campaigns when he posted 59/2/1 and 107/1/4.

Pos:

King-sized defensive back with great physical skills.  Hard-hitting run defender

who quickly comes up the field and goes for the knockout blow.  Effectively

diagnoses the action, defeats blocks and gets to the ball carrier.

Neg:

Possesses marginal ball skills, lateral speed and footwork in reverse.  Inefficient

and takes incorrect angles to the action.  Not a sure-handed tackler.

Analysis:

A physically imposing defender, Catanese does not consistently play to his size

or speed numbers.  Makes most of his plays in the box, which reduces his

possibilities at the next level to either strong safety or outside linebacker.

 


 

Full Name:     Greg Cooper    School:           Michigan State          

Ht:   5-10.5      Wt:   190            40:   4.55                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter at both safety and cornerback.  Totaled 31 tackles and broke up

two passes as a senior after 40 tackles the prior year.

Pos:

Undersized safety with marginal ball skills.  Effective facing the action, displays a

straight-line burst of speed and mixes it up in run defense.

Neg:

Does more chasing than actual covering, lacks defensive back fundamentals and

bites on play-action passes.

Analysis:

Minimally productive in college, Cooper has the size/speed numbers to be an

eighth defensive back/special-teams player if he elevates his game.

 


 

Full Name:  Craig Dahl                  School:   North Dakota State                  

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   216            40:   4.63                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after totals of

61/2/4.  Posted a career-high 82 tackles as a sophomore.

Pos:

Hard-hitting, run-defending safety best in the box.  Diagnoses the action,

aggressive and displays a closing burst to the action.  Takes good angles to the

play, can get to the sidelines and always looks to mix it up.  Remains disciplined

and constantly keeps the action in front of him.

Neg:

Lacks top coverage and ball skills.  Does not show great range in centerfield.

Analysis:

Very productive the past three seasons, Dahl possesses outstanding size/speed

numbers.  Could make a roster as a conventional strong safety or potentially play

in a two-deep zone system.

 


 

Full Name:  Jessie Daniels            School:   LSU                                            

Ht:   5-11         Wt:   216            40:   4.62                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter at strong safety.  Senior totals were 47/0/2 after 39/1/4 as a junior.

Pos:

Hard-hitting run defender who plays with a physical nature.  Fluid changing

direction and quickly breaks to the action.  Displays a burst of closing speed and

plays with a large degree of suddenness.  Always working to get involved in the action.

Neg:

Struggles in man-to-man situations over the slot receiver and has limitations in

coverage.  Takes incorrect angles to the action and over- pursues plays.

Analysis:

Tough and aggressive, Daniels is best making plays downhill.  Offers potential as

a backup in a zone system and has special-teams ability.

 



Full Name:  Eric Frampton           School:   Washington State                    

Ht:   5-11         Wt:   204            40:   4.68                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after totaling

100/5/8.  Junior numbers included 87/1/8.

Pos:

Athletic safety who has shown tremendous progress the past two years.  Displays

 solid sideline-to-sideline range, flashes on the scene and is strong at the point of

 attack.  Physical and possesses solid open-field tackling skills.  Has a good head

 for the ball and displays skill in man coverage.

Neg:

Quick up the field and gets caught out of position on occasion.  Displays more

flashes in coverage rather than consistent ability.

Analysis:

Ever-improving, Frampton is a well-built defensive back who could be used in a

variety of systems.  Has a special teams make-up which is added value.

 


 

Full Name:  Tony Franklin            School:   Virginia                                      

Ht:   5-10         Wt:   185            40:   4.45                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who posted 35/1/3 as a senior after 55/2/2 the prior year. 

Posted career-best numbers of 78/1/5 as a sophomore.  Used at both cornerback and safety in college.  Has had off-the-field issues, including an arrest for marijuana possession during his junior campaign.

Pos:

Versatile defensive back coming off a poor senior season.  Disciplined in

centerfield, quickly breaks to the action and possesses a burst of speed.  Plays with a good degree of suddenness and flashes on the scene.  Aggressive and lays a lick on ball carriers.  Excellent sideline-to-sideline range and is explosive in run defense.

Neg:

Does more hitting than wrap-up tackling.  Better facing the action and struggles in man coverage situations with his back to the ball.

Analysis:

A talented prospect with solid size/speed numbers, Franklin will drop down draft boards due to his poor play last season.  Offers a lot of potential and could be a very productive nickel back, if he gets back to prior playing form.

 


 

Full Name:  C.J. Gaddis                School:   Clemson                                     

Ht:   5-11.5      Wt:   203            40:   4.54                Year:     4Jr

Bio:

Two-year starter who spent his junior campaign at cornerback after playing safety the prior year.  Numbers last season were 37/2/2 after 59 tackles the prior year.

Pos:

Large, imposing defender who looks the part yet rarely plays to it.  Strong, defeats

 blocks and has a physical nature to his game.  Gets upfield defending run or

screen plays.  Hard hitter and aggressively lays his shoulders into opponents. 

Possesses a burst of closing speed.

Neg:

Stiff pedaling in reverse, struggles with assignments and loses his man in

coverage.  Lacks instincts, takes improper angles to the action and is slow locating the ball.

Analysis:

Best making plays up the field, Gaddis offers potential as a strong safety or as a backup in a zone system.

 

 

Full Name:  John Gattis                School:   Wake Forest                             

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   206            40:   4.61                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter and All-Conference selection the past two years.  Senior totals

 were 82/5/8 after 72/5/7 as a junior, when he led the conference with 15 special-teams tackles.

Pos:

Productive safety with enticing measurables.  Displays good recognition and

quickly locates the ball.  Possesses a burst of straight-line speed, takes good

angles to the play and shows a nice sense of timing.  Aggressive in run defense, yet disciplined with assignments.

Neg:

Not a sure-handed tackler.  Lacks sideline-to-sideline range and is consistently a

 half-step late in coverage.  Struggles in man-on-man situations.

Analysis:

A consistent player in college, Gattis is best suited as a zone system.  Will have

to earn his wage on special teams, an area where he excelled in college.

 

 

Full Name:  Ryan Glasper             School:   Boston College                          

Ht:   5-11.5      Wt:   204            40:   4.58                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who totaled 20/1/1 as a senior when he played in seven

games.  Junior totals included 43 tackles and two interceptions.

Pos:

Hard-working, run-defending safety who works best in the box.  Quick up the field,

wraps up tackling and brings opponents down on initial contact.  Diagnoses plays,

keeps the action in front of him and has a burst of closing speed.  Physical and likes to mix it up.

Neg:

Does not show top sideline-to-sideline range and is slow to the flanks.  Inefficient

and struggles in coverage.

Analysis:

Possessing solid size/speed numbers, Glasper offers potential in a zone system

as a backup.  Has a special-teams mentality, which will be his ticket at the next level.

 


 

Full Name:  Dashon Goldson        School:   Washington                               

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   205            40:   4.69                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Junior college transfer who was a three-year starter at Washington.  Defensive

totals included 50/1/10 as a senior after 80/1/3 the prior year.

Pos:

Physical, well-built safety who excels defending the run.  Disciplined, stays with assignments and is constantly around the ball.  Diagnoses the action, squares into ball carriers and wraps up.  Nicely times pass defenses, positioning himself

against the opponent to make a play on the ball.

Neg:

Neither quick nor fluid changing direction.  Hesitant in coverage and struggles in man situations.

Analysis:

Used at both corner and safety in college, Goldson is best facing the action in a zone system.  Offers potential as a dime back/special teams player.

 


 

Full Name:  Michael Griffin           School:   Texas                                        

Ht:   5-11.5      Wt:   202            40:   4.49                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after totaling

126/4/10.  Blocked four kicks as a junior and accumulated 124 tackles.

Pos:

Explosive safety who is an intimidating force in centerfield.  Diagnoses the action, fires up the field in run defense and aggressively lays his shoulders into ball handlers.  Displays outstanding sideline-to-sideline range and gets to the flanks to help cornerbacks.  Shows a burst of speed and ability to recover.  Wraps up tackling and punishes opponents.  Terrific special-teams player.

Neg:

Has tackles broken.  Occasionally shows some hesitation to his game. At times

is too quick moving up the field.

Analysis:

A rangy centerfielder with a complete game, Griffin offers starting potential at

safety and could be a dominant special-teams player.

 


 

Full Name:  Troy Grosfield           School:   Indiana                                      

Ht:   5-10.5      Wt:   181            40:   4.55                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter who posted 63/1/1 as a senior.

Pos:

Hard-working defensive back always willing to get involved in the action. 

Instinctive, locates the action and flies around the football.  Terrific

special-teams player who is very active on coverage units.

Neg:

Displays tightness in his backpedal and struggles in one-on-one coverage

situations.  Does not always play under control or take correct angles to the action.

Analysis:

Offering solid size/speed numbers, Grosfield is a marginal defensive back yet an

outstanding special-teams player, which will be his ticket at the next level.

 


 

Full Name:  Will Gulley                  School:   Houston                                     

Ht:   6-4           Wt:   222            40:   4.72                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who returned to the field last season and posted 86/5/5,

winning All-Conference honors.  Sat out the ’05 campaign with a knee injury. 

Junior totals included 71/4/9 after 102/4/10 as a sophomore.

Pos:

King-sized safety who forces the action up the field.  Instinctive, takes good

angles to the action and physically strong.  Defeats blocks, flashes on the scene in run defense and wins out in battles against receivers.  Throws his body around the field trying to make the tackle.

Neg:

Lacks sideline-to-sideline range and speed to the flanks.  Does not display a good closing burst.

Analysis:

Successfully returning from his knee injury, Gulley is a forceful safety who makes most of his plays downhill.  Best defending the run, he’ll have an opportunity in a scheme which specifically uses him in the box.

 


 

Full Name:  Brandon Harrison      School:   Stanford                                    

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   227            40:   4.63                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after totaling

68/1/5.  Junior numbers were 67/3/4.

Pos:

Versatile defensive back who works best facing the action.  Displays a solid move

 to the throw, quickly closes to the action and has a nice burst of closing speed. 

Displays a sense of timing and shows coverage skills in zone.

Neg:

Gets turned in man situations and blows assignments.  Does not play to his

size/speed numbers on a consistent basis.

Analysis:

A physically intimidating specimen, Harrison has been productive at cornerback

and safety.  Does not consistently play to a high level and shows flashes rather

than reliability on the field.  Has a ways to go to improve as a football player.

 


 

Full Name:  Will Herring                School:   Auburn                                       

Ht:   6-3           Wt:   216            40:   4.69                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors last season.  Led the team in

tackles as a senior totaling 72/9.5/1.5 when he also intercepted two passes. 

Totaled 69 tackles as a junior, again leading the team.  Played both linebacker and safety at Auburn.

Pos:

Intelligent defender who plays heads-up football.  Efficient, diagnoses the action

and makes a lot of smart plays on the field.  Moves well laterally, keeps the action

 in front of him and displays coverage skills in a small area.  Wraps up tackling.

Neg:

Not strong, easily blocked from the action and has tackles broken.  Does not show

 top recovery or closing speed.

Analysis:

A productive player on the college level, Herring looks best suited as a

conventional strong safety or a backup in a zone system.  Will never be starting

material and must produce on special teams.

 


 

Full Name:  Keldrick Holman         School:   Stephen F. Austin                    

Ht:   5-11         Wt:   202            40:   4.69                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Former cornerback who started the past three seasons.  All-Conference selection

the past two years, posting 86/3/4 numbers as a senior after 82/6/9 the prior season.

Pos:

Intelligent, disciplined defensive back who plays with an aggressive style.  Takes

good angles to the action, efficient and very active in run defense.  Reads the

action, has a burst of speed and constantly around the football.  Effective facing

the action and quickly locates the pass in the air.

Neg:

Does more hitting than wrap-up tackling.  Struggles in man coverage situations

with his back to the ball.

Analysis:

A hard-working and versatile defensive back, Holman could easily make an NFL

roster as an eighth defensive back/special teams player.

 


 

Full Name:  Trevor Hooper           School:   Stanford                                    

Ht:   5-11.5      Wt:   195            40:   4.62                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Started two of his four seasons at Stanford, originally breaking into the starting

lineup as a freshman.  Totals as a senior included 91 tackles, after 40 tackles as a junior.

Pos:

Hard-working defensive back who flies around the ball, trying to make positive

plays.  Takes good angles to the action and is active in run defense.  Sacrifices

his body to make the play.

Neg:

Possesses an average burst speed and is late getting to the spot in coverage. 

Not a sure-handed tackler.

Analysis:

A hard-nosed defender with a special-teams mentality, Hooper could fit in as an eighth defensive back whose primary duties at the next level lie on coverage teams.

 


 

Full Name:  James Ihedigbo         School:   Massachusetts                         

Ht:   6-0           Wt:   205            40:   4.69                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter used at both free and strong safety.  All-Conference selection

as a senior after posting 72/3/5 in 15 games.  Junior totals were 58/2/5.

Pos:

Explosive defender best in a zone-type system.  Flashes on the scene, has a

burst of closing speed and is strong at the point of attack.  Quickly breaks to the

throw and  nicely moves to the sidelines.  Effective up the field on the blitz.

Neg:

Not always the first volunteer to defend the run.  Has too many tackles broken.  Average ball skills.

Analysis:

A nice sized safety who plays faster then his 40 time, Ihedigbo forces the action in the middle of the field.  Must be more consistent with his play and effort to have any chance at the next level.

 

 

Full Name:  Jermaine Johnson     School:   Mississippi State                       

Ht:   5-10         Wt:   210            40:   4.63                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter who registered 72 tackles and broke up five passes as a senior.

 Junior numbers were 64/4/11.

Pos:

Well-built safety who works best between the numbers.  Aggressive, quick up the

field and lays a lick on ball carriers.  Takes good angles to the action and works

hard to make positive plays.

Neg:

Lacks lateral range and is late getting to the spots in deep pass coverage. 

Marginal ball skills.

Analysis:

A hard-working prospect who gives top effort, Johnson presents himself as a

backup strong safety and a defender with a special-teams mentality.

 


 

Full Name:  Michael Johnson       School:   Arizona                                      

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   205            40:   4.67                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Junior college transfer named All-Conference his two years at Arizona.  Posted

47/1/4 as a senior after 60/4/4 the prior year.

Pos:

Tough, run-defending safety who works best facing the action.  Instinctive, shows

a head for the ball and takes good angles to the play.  Possesses a quick burst of

speed and likes to mix it up.  Works well with cornerbacks in coverage.  Terrific

special-teams player on coverage units.

Neg:

Bites on receivers’ moves, struggles in man-coverage and lacks overall ball

skills.  Better moving forwards than side-to-side.

Analysis:

A productive defender with terrific size/speed numbers, Johnson has shown

consistent play the past two years.  Has limitations in coverage yet could be

effective as a conventional strong safety or in a two-deep system.

 


 

Full Name:  Curtis Keyes              School:   Marshall                                     

Ht:   6-0.5        Wt:   205            40:   4.59                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his senior and sophomore

campaigns.  Led the team in tackles as a senior with 104, also intercepting two

passes.  Posted 88 tackles as a junior when he missed time with a concussion.

Pos:

Hard-hitting safety best defending the run.  Displays speed in every direction,

explosive moving up the field and attacks opposing ball carriers.  Aggressively

lays his shoulders into opponents and plays with a good degree of suddenness.

Neg:

Marginal ball skills and hesitant in coverage.  Not a sure-handed tackler.

Analysis:

An intimidating force who makes most of his plays going downhill, Keyes has a

special-teams mentality and could back up in a zone system.

 

 

Full Name:  Erik Keys                   School:   Ball State                                  

Ht:   5-10.5      Wt:   210            40:   4.51                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior when he led the

team with 90 tackles while also intercepting one pass.  Junior numbers included

69 tackles with two pass breakups.

Pos:

Nice-sized defensive back who is best defending the run.  Hits hard, wraps up

tackling and squares into ball carriers.  Diagnoses the action and is relatively

instinctive against the run.  Plays off blocks and works to get involved in the action.

Neg:

Possesses average playing speed and is not an explosive defender.  Not quick to

close and cannot recover from mistakes.

Analysis:

Best as a conventional strong safety or in a two-deep zone system, Keys can

make it as a backup at the next level if he contributes on special teams.

 


 

Full Name:  Andre Kirkland           School:   Kent State                                

Ht:   6-0.5        Wt:   195            40:   4.51                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter, awarded All-Conference honors as a senior when he posted

104/4/7 while also totaling 13.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.  Junior

numbers included 74 tackles.

Pos:

Tough in-the-box safety whose game has significantly improved the past two

years.  Displays a burst of closing speed, is forceful up the field and works to get

involved in the action.  Constantly around the ball making plays and does not get

caught out of position.  Solid hands for the pick.

Neg:

More of a straight-line player who does not show top range in centerfield. 

Marginal skills in man-to-man coverage.

Analysis:

Very active in all aspects of the game, Kirkland possesses solid size/speed

numbers and has potential as a dime back in a zone system.  Also possesses a

special-teams mentality, which enhances his value.

 


 

Full Name:  LaRon Landry            School:   LSU                                            

Ht:   6-0.5        Wt:   213            40:   4.40                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter awarded varying degrees of All-American and All-Conference

honors since his freshman campaign.  Led the team in tackles as a senior, posting 74/3/4 after 69/3/8 as a junior.  Freshman and sophomore tackling totals were 80 and 92 respectively.

Pos:

Productive safety with a complete game.  Instinctive, plays heads-up football and remains disciplined with assignments.  Efficient, takes good angles to the action and goes for the knockout blow.  Patrols centerfield, displays top

sideline-to-sideline range and has a terrific break to the action.  Displays speed in a straight-line or laterally.  Wraps-up tackling.

Neg:

Lacks hands for the pick and drops too many catchable interceptions.

Analysis:

Effective defending the run or covering the pass, Landry possesses the athletic skills and football intelligence to be used in a variety of defensive systems.  An early choice that should quickly break into a starting lineup at the next level.

 


 

Full Name:  Brandon Meriweather   School: Miami-Fl                                  

Ht:   5-10.5      Wt:   195            40:   4.56                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

All-Conference selection as a senior after totaling 58/1/8.  Led the team in

tackles as a junior, finishing the year with 115/3/7.

Pos:

Athletic secondary prospect who shows potential at safety and cornerback. 

Efficient, immediately diagnoses the action and takes good angles to the play. 

Fast to the sidelines, displays excellent range and possesses a sense of timing. 

Placed over the slot receiver and shows great ball skills.  Very aware in coverage and has a burst of closing speed.

Neg:

Bites on play-action passes, makes his first move up the field and will be caught

out of position.  Lacks strength at the point of attack.

Analysis:

A talented defensive back with natural ball skills, Meriweather’s versatility is key.

 Has some character issues that teams must check out, but, if focused on the

task at hand, offers starting potential.

 


 

Full Name:  Miguel Merrick           School:   Iowa                                          

Ht:   5-10.5      Wt:   202            40:   4.65                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter the past two seasons, posting 82/3/9 as a senior after 59/1/4

the prior year.

Pos:

Developing defensive back who displayed all-around improvement in his game

last season.  Fluid moving in reverse, quickly picks up cover assignments and

displays good range on the field.  Smooth transitioning to run with opponents and

effectively stays with receivers downfield.  Aggressively breaks to the action.

Neg:

Struggles with his back to the ball when placed in one-on-one coverage

situations.  Does not time well for the stopwatch.

Analysis:

A hard-working defender who’s been very productive on special teams, Merrick

has definite possibilities as a dime back in a zone system.

 


 

Full Name:  Will Meyers                School:   Indiana                                      

Ht:   5-10.5      Wt:   196            40:   4.62                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Broke into the starting lineup as a freshman.  Led the team in tackles as a senior

posting 78/5/4 after 84 tackles as a junior.

Pos:

Tough, hard-working defensive back with terrific instincts.  Quick transitioning to

run with opponents, physical and likes to mix it up.  Displays a good head for the

ball and wraps up tackling.

Neg:

Possesses marginal cover skills.  Lacks top sideline-to-sideline range.  Does not

possess the size to be a true strong safety.

Analysis:

A solid collegiate defender, Meyers’ best opportunity will be as a backup in a zone

system.  Brings a special-teams mentality which could help him make it.

 


 

Full Name:  Brandon Mitchell       School:   Ohio State                                

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   210            40:   4.52                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

All-Conference selection as a senior after becoming a full-time starter.  Totaled

60/2/4 last year after 12 tackles the prior year.

Pos:

Hard-hitting defensive back with enticing size/speed numbers.  Quickly closes to

the action, possesses a straight-line burst and immediately recognizes run plays.

 Hard-hitting and likes to mix it up.

Neg:

Does not display top hands for the pick.  Late getting to the spot laterally in

coverage.  Possesses marginal ball skills.

Analysis:

An imposing figure on the field who plays with a good degree of suddenness,

Mitchell is best-suited for a zone system.  Offers potential at the next level if he

learns to play to his level of ability on a consistent basis.

 


 

Full Name:  Nedu Ndukwe            School:   Notre Dame                               

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   206            40:   4.51                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter at safety who began his college career as a receiver.  Senior

totals were 98/2/6 after 52 tackles as a junior.

Pos:

Athletic prospect with enticing size/speed numbers.  Fluid pedaling in reverse,

strong at the point and flashes on the scene.

Neg:

Shows minimal awareness and ball skills in coverage.  Not efficient, and takes

incorrect angles to the action.  Poor open-field tackler.  Lacks the quick break to the throw.

Analysis:

An imposing-looking safety, Ndukew is a marginal football player and a better

athlete to date.  At this point, a size/speed developmental prospect.

 


 

Full Name:  J.D. Nelson                School:   Oregon                                      

Ht:   5-11.5      Wt:   207            40:   4.85                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter named All-Conference the past two years.  Senior numbers

were 88/1/5, after 64/1/5 as a junior.

Pos:

Big, tough safety who is best defending the run.  Possesses a burst of closing

speed, squares into tackles and wraps up.  Shows a willingness to get involved in

the action, and is a big-time hitter.  Diagnoses the action, remains disciplined and stays with assignments.

Neg:

Not efficient and does not consistently take good angles to the action.  Bites on

receivers’ moves, gets turned and loses assignments.  Not fluid pedaling in reverse.

Analysis:

Possessing a solid build as well as top size/speed numbers, Nelson is best suited

as a conventional strong safety.

 


 

Full Name:  Reggie Nelson           School:   Florida                                       

Ht:   5-11.5      Wt:   198            40:   4.58                Year:     4Jr

Bio:

Junior college transfer who became a full-time starter last season, winning

All-Conference and All-American honors after producing 51/6/5.  Started four

games the prior season and posted 46 tackles.

Pos:

Athletic centerfielder with tremendous ball skills.  Displays outstanding

sideline-to-sideline range, shows good speed to the flanks and flashes on the

scene, playing with a large degree of suddenness.  Diagnoses the action,

possesses a sense of timing and shows great hands going up for the interception.

 Plays with balance, body control and easily gets vertical or contorts in midair to

defend the pass.  Fluid pedaling in reverse, smooth flipping his hips and works well

 with cornerbacks.  Possesses a closing burst and shows the ability to recover. 

Aggressive in run defense and sizes up ball carriers.  Keeps the action in front of him and remains disciplined.

Neg:

Not strong at the point of attack.  Misreads assignments on occasion.

Analysis:

Displaying tremendous improvement in his overall game last season, Nelson is a

top-flight free safety with the ability to be placed over receivers in man coverage

situations.  Needs to fine-tune his instincts, yet should quickly break into a

starting lineup for an NFL team who needs a ball hawk in center field.

 


 

Full Name:  David Overstreet      School:   Missouri                                     

Ht:   5-11.5      Wt:   211            40:   4.62                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Full-time starter the past two seasons, winning All-Conference honors after his

junior and senior campaigns.  Numbers last year were 89/0/2 after 100/2/3 as a

Pos:

Tough, run-defending safety who works best making plays up the field.  Displays a

 good head for the ball and has a burst of straight-line speed.  Stays with

assignments, remains disciplined and wraps up tackling.

Neg:

Struggles in coverage, displaying marginal lateral range and limited ball skills.

Analysis:

A hard-working and tough safety, Overstreet would be best in a system that

reduces his lateral area responsibilities.

 


 

Full Name:  Marcus Paschal         School:   Iowa                                          

Ht:   6-0.5        Wt:   201            40:   4.79                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors the past two seasons.  Senior

totals included 67/1/4, after 62 tackles as a junior.

Pos:

Hard-hitting safety who is best defending the run.  Aggressive, displays a sense

of timing and works to intimidate opponents over the middle.  Has a burst of

straight-line speed.  Displays good awareness and recognition on the field.

Neg:

Struggles in coverage, possesses marginal ball skills and lateral range.  Late

getting to the sidelines and cannot recover.  Has missed time with nagging injuries.

Analysis:

After a terrific sophomore campaign Paschal has watched his game level off ever

since.  Has looked like nothing more than a one-dimensional run- defending safety

 since his junior season, and as a result will drop down draft boards.

 


 

Full Name:  Kevin Payne              School:   La-Monroe                                 

Ht:   6-0.5        Wt:   220            40:   4.63                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter who began his career at running back, before moving to safety

as a junior.  All-Conference selection last year, totaling 98/4/3 after posting 87

tackles as a junior.

Pos:

Good-sized defensive back whose game is on the rise.  Instinctive, diagnoses the

play and shows solid ball skills.  Quickly breaks to the action with a burst of

closing speed, aggressive and gives top effort.  Disciplined with assignments and wraps-up tackling.

Neg:

Not efficient and takes incorrect angles to the action.  Struggles in one-on-one

coverage assignments.  Average playing speed.

Analysis:

A hard-working and physical prospect whose game made major strides last

season, Payne nicely fits as either a conventional strong safety or in a secondary

that employs a two-deep zone system.

 


 

Full Name:  Leonard Peters         School:   Hawaii                                        

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   210            40:   4.84                Year:     6Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter and All-Conference selection after his junior and senior

campaigns.  Numbers last season were 74/3/7.  Led the team in tackles in ‘04,

compiling 120/4/5.  Missed the ’05 season after tearing a knee ligament during the first game.

Pos:

Intense, hard-hitting safety who plays with reckless abandon.  Reads the action,

goes for the knockout blow and works to intimidate opponents.  Possesses a burst

 of speed and always works to get involved in the action.  Works well with

cornerbacks and has a burst to the ball.

Neg:

Does not consistently take the best angles to the action.  Blows cover

assignments.  Seemingly more intent on knocking the opponent’s head off and

does not tackle with proper technique.  Has a long injury history that dates back to his freshman season.

Analysis:

An intense competitor who plays with a nonstop motor, Peters forces the action

up the field and punishes opposing ball carriers.  His style of play and limitations

in coverage dictate he’s better off at strong safety or in a zone system.

 


 

Full Name:  Sabby Piscitelli          School:   Oregon State                            

Ht:   6-2.5        Wt:   224            40:   4.55                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors every year since his

sophomore campaign.  Senior totals were 75/5/11 after 53/4/8 the prior year.

Pos:

Opportunistic free safety who flashes brilliance.  Displays good awareness facing

the action, is fast to the flanks in coverage and gets vertical to defend the pass. 

Displays sideline-to-sideline range, diagnoses the action and has a nice move to

the throw.  Can be a hard-hitting force who intimidates ball carriers.

Neg:

Not efficient, takes poor angles to the action and is not a sure-handed tackler. 

Occasionally blows coverage assignments in centerfield.

Analysis:

Offering outstanding size/speed numbers, Piscitelli has the measurables to be a

first-round choice yet seems capable of much more on the field.  Will generate a

wide variety of opinions with most thinking he must turn up the intensity to have a career in the NFL.

 


 

Full Name:  Roderick Rogers        School:   Wisconsin                                  

Ht:   6-1           Wt:   185            40:   4.48                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his junior and senior

campaigns.  Totals last season were 36/2/7 after 56/3/11 the prior year.

Pos:

Athletic center fielder with good lateral range.  Runs with opponents downfield,

possesses a burst of speed and is quick closing on the action.  Explosive at the

point and a hard hitter.  Shows speed to the flanks and covers a lot of area on the field.

Neg:

Not decisive and lacks instincts.  Not very physical and has poor tackling technique.

Analysis:

Showing flashes of skill the past two seasons, Rogers has first day size/speed

numbers but rarely makes plays on the field.  A bit of an underachiever, he must

pick up the intensity of his game for a career at the next level.

 


 

Full Name:  Aaron Rouse              School:   Virginia Tech                             

Ht:   6-4           Wt:   223            40:   4.59                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter who posted 57/1/2 as a senior after career-best numbers of

77/4/5 the prior season.

Pos:

Athletic strong-safety prospect with terrific size/speed numbers.  Fierce

defending the run, has a burst of closing speed and aggressively takes on ball

carriers.  Shows range in centerfield, plays with good explosion and a large degree

 of suddenness.  Quickly locates the ball in the air, has a nice move to the ball

and adjusts or gets vertical to defend the pass.

Neg:

Played poorly as a senior.  Did not show a decisive move to the throw, was late

arriving on the scene in coverage and generally got caught out of position. 

Inefficient, and does not take the best angles to the action.

Analysis:

After a breakout junior campaign, much was expected from Rouse last season. 

Played well at the Senior Bowl, and offers the tools to be used as a strong safety

in the NFL, yet must quickly get his game back on track.

 


 

Full Name:  Andrew Shanle          School:   Nebraska                                   

Ht:   6-0.5        Wt:   200            40:   4.55                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

First-year starter who totaled 7/4/7 as a senior.  Primarily a reserve defensive

back and special-teams player early in his career.

Pos:

Tough, smart football player who showed a lot of positive signs last year. 

Displays good instincts, diagnoses the action and shows a good sense of where

he is on the field.  Takes proper angles to the action, works well with cornerbacks

and is effective facing the action.  Explodes up the field defending the run.

Neg:

Lacks the flat-out speed and second gear.  Possesses just minimal quickness and

 explosion.  Usually a half-step late getting to the sidelines.

Analysis:

Distinguishing himself after moving into the starting lineup last season, Shanle

offers potential as a zone safety.

 


 

Full Name:  Brandon Sharp          School:   Louisville                                    

Ht:   5-10         Wt:   194            40:   4.61                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior.  Totals last season

included 50 tackles, after 48/1/4 as a junior.

Pos:

Undersized safety with potential in a zone system.  Instinctive, diagnoses the

action and displays a good sense of timing.  Protects the zones in a short field,

displays range out to the sidelines and takes good angles to the action. 

Neg:

Not a big-time hitter or a force in centerfield.  Marginal ball skills.

Analysis:

A steady player the past two seasons, Sharp is a backup at the next level who

must make his living on special teams.

 


 

Full Name:  Wesley Smith            School:   Memphis                                    

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   205            40:   4.69                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors his first three seasons in the

lineup.  Senior totals included 69 tackles.  Junior numbers were 82/1/3 after

89/1/4 as a sophomore.  Has struggled with shoulder injuries the past two years.

Pos:

Physically aggressive safety who chases hard to get involved in the action. 

Displays a burst of straight-line speed, strong at the point and brings ball carriers

 down on initial contact.  Hard-hitting and looks to intimidate opponents.  Takes

good angles to the action and remains disciplined with assignments.

Neg:

Lacks overall quickness and top-end speed.  Struggles in coverage.

Analysis:

A productive college player with limited size/speed numbers for the next level,

Smith is a backup zone safety/special-teams player if he's fully healthy.

 


 

Full Name:  Joe Stellmacher        School:   Wisconsin                                  

Ht:   6-0           Wt:   222            40:   4.74                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter whose senior totals were 84/2/5.  All-Conference selection as a

junior after a career-high 90 tackles.

Pos:

Tough, fiery defender who flies around the football.  Shows ability in zone

coverage, is quick closing to the action and chases around the field to make

plays.  Effectively quarterbacks the secondary and plays heads-up football.

Neg:

Inefficient, takes poor angles to the action and constantly over-pursues plays. 

Gets caught up the field and does not play within himself.  Lacks footwork in

reverse and very stiff in coverage.

Analysis:

Working hard on and off the field, Stellmacher is a tough defender who enjoys

physical contact.  Offers potential as either a conventional strong safety or in a two-deep zone system.

 


 

Full Name:  Antwan Stewart       School:   Tennessee                                

Ht:   6-0           Wt:   190            40:   4.55                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter who also saw action with the first team as a sophomore.  Senior

totals were 46/3/3 after 47/3/0 the prior year.

Pos:

Physically gifted safety who makes a lot of athletic plays.  Fluid turning his hips,

runs well laterally with opponents and easily stays downfield with them.  Displays

good footwork in all directions, has a quick break to the pass and gets vertical,

displaying good hands for the pick.  Plays faster than his 40 time.

Neg:

Struggles in one-on-one assignments and slow reacting with his back to the

action.  Bites on receiver’s moves and is very slow to react.

Analysis:

Best facing the action, Stewart is a natural athlete still trying to transfer those skills onto the football field.

 


 

Full Name:  Daren Stone              School:   Maine                                         

Ht:   6-3.5        Wt:   218            40:   4.64                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter who played both cornerback and safety in college. 

All-Conference selection as a senior after totaling 50/1/5.  Junior numbers included 41/5/8.

Pos:

Strong, athletic defensive back best facing the action.  Possesses a burst of

closing speed, plays with a good degree of suddenness and a strong tackler who

wraps up ball carriers.  Diagnoses the action, quick in run support and intimidates

anyone who comes over the middle.

Neg:

Average lateral speed and does not show top sideline-to-sideline range. 

Struggles with his back to the ball and plays with very average fundamentals.

Analysis:

An imposing figure in the secondary, Stone is a prototypical strong safety who

must keep the action in front of him.

 


 

Full Name:  Ben Stratton             School:   Colorado State                         

Ht:   6-2           Wt:   215            40:   4.62                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Played in four games last season, missing time with a neck injury and

accumulating just six tackles.  Missed the ’05 season with a knee injury. 

All-Conference selection as a junior in ‘04 after posting 88 tackles.

Pos:

Nice-sized safety who’s been unable to stay healthy the past two years. 

Diagnoses the action and fires up the field in run defense.  Squares into ball

carriers and likes physical contact.

Neg:

Slow changing direction, does not display lateral speed nor does he cover a lot of

area in centerfield.

Analysis:

Highly rated coming into his senior campaign of ‘05, Stratton has since been set back with several injuries.  Unlikely to be anything other than a camp body, yet his prior skills lends one to believe he has an outside shot, should he remain healthy.

 


 

Full Name:  C.J. Wallace              School:   Washington                               

Ht:   5-11         Wt:   197            40:   4.58                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter and All-Conference selection who totaled 105/1/1 as a senior,

 when he also collected 10 tackles for loss.  Junior numbers included 86 tackles.

Pos:

Aggressive and alert safety who effectively defends the run.  Displays a good

head for the ball, takes correct angles to the action and hits hard.  Aggressively

lays his shoulders into opponents, but also wraps up tackling.  Moves well to the

sidelines, stays with assignments and generally does a good job diagnosing the action.

Neg:

Lacks ball skills and ability in coverage.  Not a rangy centerfielder who covers a lot of area.

Analysis:

An undersized safety who struggles defending passes in the deep field, Wallace

offers potential as back up in a zone system.

 


 

Full Name:  Eric Weddle               School:   Utah                                          

Ht:   5-11.5      Wt:   203            40:   4.56                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his freshman campaign. 

Named Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year the past two

season.  Senior totals were 64/7/2 after 78/4/12 as a junior.

Pos:

Smart, heads-up defender who plays with great intensity.  Instinctive, reads the

quarterback’s eyes and consistently makes plays on the ball.  Physical and

chases to get involved in the action.  Displays a good move to the ball and a solid burst of closing speed.  Keeps the action in front of him, is rarely caught out of position and wraps up tackling.

Neg:

Average playing speed and range.  Lacks top size for a safety.

Analysis:

An All-American standout who is a true leader on the field, Weddle is a highly

competitive prospect always working to improve his game.   Best as a zone safety,he also offers a special-teams mentality.

 


 

Full Name:  John Wendling           School:   Wyoming                                   

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   222            40:   4.51                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his sophomore

campaign.  Led the team in tackles as a senior, totaling 78/1/4.  Posted a

career-high 89 tackles as a sophomore.

Pos:

Aggressive, smart defensive back with outstanding size/speed numbers.  Quick

up the field in run defense, physical and works to intimidate opponents.  Resilient,

stays with the action and plays with a degree of suddenness.  Instinctive and diagnoses plays.

Neg:

Does not cover a lot of area in center field and late getting to the spot in

coverage.  Average ball skills.

Analysis:

An imposing-defender, Wendling offers potential as either a conventional strong

safety or as a two-deep defensive back.  Needs to iron out the rough edges of his

game and play with more consistency, yet has the tools to develop into a starter if the pieces fall into place.

 


 

Full Name:  Marvin White             School:   TCU                                           

Ht:   6-1.5        Wt:   199            40:   4.62                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Junior college transfer who moved into the starting lineup two years ago, winning

All-Conference honors after both seasons.  Led the team in tackles as a senior,

posting 86/4/3 after 67 tackles the prior year.

Pos:

Physical, athletic defensive back who works hard.  Moves well laterally, takes

good angles to the action and shows speed in every direction.  Quick moving up

the field against the run, strong at the point of attack and brings opposing ball

carriers down on initial contact.  Quick-footed, displaying an excellent move to

the throw as well as a burst of closing speed.  Shows solid hands for the

interception. Comes from a tough upbringing and has made football a priority.

Neg:

Overall game lacks consistency.  Late reacting in coverage.  Does not always

play with proper fundamentals.

Analysis:

Possessing intriguing size/speed numbers, White has improved his game the past two seasons.  Offers a lot of upside as a zone safety.

 


 

Full Name:  Eric Wicks                 School:   West Virginia                             

Ht:   5-11.5      Wt:   212            40:   4.83                Year:     4Sr

Bio:

Two-year starter who posted 73/3/7 as a senior, when he also totaled 11 tackles

for loss and seven sacks.  Registered 61 tackles as a junior.

Pos:

Hard-working strong safety who is best facing the action.  Plays heads-up

football, stays with assignments and displays a nice break to the action.  Wraps

up at the point of attack and works to get involved.

Neg:

Lacks playing speed and usually is a half-step late arriving on the scene. 

Marginal skills pedaling in reverse, and struggles in coverage.

Analysis:

A productive college defender with limited athletic skills, Wicks is a

special-teams player/back-up zone safety.

 


 

Full Name:  Epsilon Williams         School:   Texas State                              

Ht:   5-10.5      Wt:   202            40:   4.54                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Four-year starter who posted 45 tackles and broke up four passes as a senior. 

Career numbers of 69/5/11 came as a freshman.

Pos:

Physically gifted prospect whose game has been on the decline.  Locates the ball

in the air, quickly closes to the play and has an aggressive style.  Hard-hitting,

chases to get involved in the action and not afraid to mix it up.

Neg:

Inefficient and does not take proper angles to the action.  Average ball skills and does a lot of trailing in coverage.

Analysis:

A prospect who’s shown plenty of flashes in past, Williams has the versatility to be used as a backup corner or safety.  Must get his game back on track and play with more consistency in camp this summer.

 


 

Full Name:  Kyle Williams             School:   Kansas State                            

Ht:   6-0           Wt:   199            40:   4.62                Year:     5Sr

Bio:

Junior college transfer who moved into the starting lineup as a senior and

registered career-best numbers of 61/1/5.

Pos:

Aggressive, run-supporting safety who is effective facing the action.  Physical,

takes good angles to the action and works to get involved.  Displays a burst of

closing speed and above-average skills in zone coverage.  Tries to intimidate

opponents by aggressively laying his shoulder into ball carriers.

Neg:

Does not consistently wrap up, and has tackles broken.  Struggles with his back to the ball.  Marginally instinctive.

Analysis:

Showing enough improvement as a senior to get an invite to camp next summer, Williams is a back-up safety who must make it on special team

 

 

 

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