2016 DB Rankings
1. Vernon Hargreaves III CB, Florida | 5’11” – 192lbs
An incredibly fluid athlete who can play be a true shutdown coverage. Has the skills to play every coverage as well as the ability to make plays on the ball. A willing tackler and able to get past blockers to secure the ball carrier.
2. William Jackson CB, Houston | 6’2″ – 175lbs
A playmaker at the defensive back position. Creates turnovers and takes the ball away from the offense. Possess elite speed and can match up one-on-one with elite wide receivers. A complete corner with the ability to step in day one and be productive.
3. Mackenzie Alexander CB, Clemson | 5’10” – 190lbs
Pure cover corner who can erase receivers from the game. Can follow receivers in the slot and stick with a receiver the entire game. Able tackler, but has his biggest impact through limiting opposing wide receivers.
4. Kendall Fuller CB, Virginia Tech | 5’11” – 195lbs
A ballhawk and playmaker on the field, he is able to put him self in position to make a play and has the ability to do everything you want in zone. He just needs to prove that he can run with receivers in man coverage.
5. Eli Apple CB, Ohio State | 6’1″ – 199lbs
Press cover who has the length and physicality to both man up receivers and step in and fill in the run game. Not a highly instinctive player, but is able to make plays on when in good position in coverage.
6. Cameron Sutton CB, Tennessee | 6’1″ – 190lbs
An aggressive physical corner with added value in the return game. Lacks elite speed, but would be an ideal cover 2 corner with help over top. Has good vision in the return game with quickness, but lacks the speed to be able to hit a home run.
7. Xavien Howard CB, Baylor | 6’0″ – 198lbs
Smooth athlete who is speed deficient. Occasionally caught guessing, which can cause big plays for either team. Plays with physicality and has good ball skills, ideal in a cover 2 defensive scheme.
1. Jalen Ramsey S, Florida State | 6’1″ – 204lbs
A do it all safety with the ability to cover in the slot and play in the middle of the field. Can match up with TE and RB in coverage and is a sure tackler.
2. Karl Joseph S, West Virginia | 5’10” – 200lbs
One of my favourite prospects in this draft class. He has the ability to play in space and lay momentum swinging hits. He plays extremely physical for his size and is reminiscent of Bob Sanders.
3. Nate Andrews S, Florida State | 5’11” – 210lbs
A playmaking safety with the ability to play inside the box and roam the field in coverage. Has the ability to cause fumbles and take down runners with ease. An all around player who excels more in the run game than the pass game.
4. Jalen Mills S, LSU | 6’1″ – 189lbs
A player who excels in coverage and has a knack for making big plays.
5. Vonn Bell S, Ohio State | 5’11” – 205lbs
Technically sound and has the ability to make a play when there is an opportunity.