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Draft preview: Safeties


Landon Collins
6-0, 228, Alabama

Collins, who is widely considered the best safety available, was a first-team All-American as a junior in 2014 after leading the Crimson Tide with 103 tackles and three interceptions. Finished his three-year career with 23 starts. Excellent against the run throughout his career, but scouts believe there is room to improve in coverage as he enters the pass-happy NFL.

Shaq Thompson
6-0, 228, Washington

Evaluators are having a hard time figuring out where Thompson – who played safety, linebacker and running back for the Huskies – fits in the NFL. Some believe he has the potential to become an imposing safety like Seattle's Kam Chancellor. Others think he is an outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. Finished three-year career with 233 tackles, five interceptions, five forced fumbles and 16 passes defensed. Will likely be a second-round pick.

Damarious Randall
5-11, 196, Arizona State

The junior college transfer was very productive in his two years at Arizona State. Compiled 158 tackles, six interceptions and two interception returns for touchdowns in those two seasons. Does not have ideal NFL size, but scouts applaud his instincts and tenacity. Projected to be a middle-round selection.

Quinten Rollins
5-11, 195, Miami (Ohio)

Rollins played basketball for four seasons and decided to play football during his final year of eligibility. Named MAC Defensive Player of the Year after recording 72 tackles and seven interceptions as a cornerback. Obviously lacks experience at safety, but scouts are intrigued by his athleticism and instant success at corner. Likely a middle-round draft choice.

Alex Carter
6-0, 196, Stanford

Three-year starter at corner finished his career with 146 tackles, two interceptions, 18 passes defensed and five forced fumbles. Willingness to tackle and play with physicality lends itself to a switch to safety in the NFL. Father played cornerback and was first-round pick of the Washington Redskins in 1993. Projected to be a middle-round pick.



Eric Rowe
6-1, 205, Utah

Four-year starter who played safety for three years before switching to cornerback his senior season will likely move back to safety in the NFL. Rowe's 6.7 three-cone time was the top mark among safeties at the Combine. Finished second among safeties in the 40-yard dash (4.45) and the vertical jump (39 inches).

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