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2017 Draft Preview: Safeties


Mike Mayock's Top Five

Jamal Adams
6-0, 214, Louisiana State

A physical, imposing presence in the LSU secondary, Adams has all the tools to be a top NFL safety. Strong in the box and on the edge against the run and able to make plays on the ball in the air. Finished his career with 209 tackles, five interceptions and 14 passes defensed. Adams is projected to come off the board in the top 10.

Malik Hooker
6-1, 206, Ohio State

Like Adams, Hooker is a top-flight safety prospect that could be selected in the top 10. Has tremendous range and playmaking ability as a ballhawk in the back end. Coming off an All-American season in which he posted seven interceptions and 74 tackles.

Jabrill Peppers
5-11, 213, Michigan

Peppers was a do-it-all athlete for the Wolverines, making plays on defense, offense and special teams. Played linebacker last season but is considered a hybrid safety as he transitions to the NFL. Has had to prove he has the ball skills and athleticism to flourish at safety throughout the pre-draft process.

Obi Melifonwu
6-4, 224, Connecticut

After an eye-popping performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, Melifonwu has entered the Round One conversation. Has rare combination of size and explosive athletic ability for a safety prospect. Can be an impact player as he continues to get more comfortable in coverage.

Marcus Williams
6-1, 202, Utah

The former Ute showed a nose for the ball, recording five interceptions in each of the last two seasons. Lauded for great instincts and ability to read the passer. Must prove he can consistently play with the physicality required at the next level.

Look back: Safeties taken around No. 8

2012: Mark Barron, 7th overall to Bucs

2010: Eric Berry, 5th overall to Chiefs

2007: LaRon Landry, 6th overall to Redskins

2006: Michael Huff, 7th overall to Raiders

2006: Donte Whitner, 8th overall to Bills

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