Top 10 safety prospects in 2016 NFL Draft
Previewing the top 2016 NFL Draft prospects
Take a look at some of the best safeties available in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
Once Ramsey declared for the the NFL Draft, he immediately became the top defensive back prospect in this year's class. The 6-1, 202 pound junior has played both safety and cornerback in his career, so it will be up to NFL teams to decide which position best suits him.
Jeremy Cash, Duke
Cash was perhaps the most accomplished player on Duke's roster in 2015. The senior earned team MVP honors, an AP All-America nod and was voted the ACC defensive player of the year by both coaches and media. He's considered one of the best defensive prospect the Blue Devils have had in years and is expected to be selected somewhere in the top two rounds.
Keanu Neal, Florida
Neal was considered one of the more physical players in all of college football in 2015, so it seems likely that teams will view him as more of an "in the box" strong safety.
Jayron Kearse, Clemson
If Kearse's last name sounds familiar, it's because he's the nephew of Jevon "The Freak" Kearse. And just like his uncle, Jayron's measurables (6-5, 220 pounds) make him a physical freak — especially at safety. His size/speed combination could entice plenty of teams to take him early.
Darian Thompson, Boise State
Thompson made the All-Mountain West team for the second consecutive season, and was a Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist. He finished his career with a Mountain West record 19 interceptions. His blend of physical, aggressive play and ballhawking ability makes him one of the more complete safety prospects in this year's class.
Vonn Bell, Ohio State
Bell started for two years for the Buckeyes, including the 2014 national championship squad. He's considered a single-high free safety with some playmaking ability, and is what coach Urban Meyer described as "one of the best safeties I've ever had." He's projected to be selected in the middle rounds.
Eddie Jackson, Alabama
Jackson moved from cornerback to safety this past year, and it appeared to pay dividends for the Crimson Tide defense. Now that he's shown he can play both positions, where will NFL teams choose to play him?
Karl Joseph, West Virginia
Joseph's draft stock was skyrocketing as the season began, but a season-ending knee injury in October derailed his upward trajectory. Despite the setback, the chatter out there is that he'll still be considered one of the best available at his position once the draft arrives.
Kevin Byard, Middle Tennessee
The Middle Tennessee product didn't get a whole lot of exposure during the season, but the good news for him is that he's been invited to the Senior Bowl to get his chance to wow NFL scouts.
Sean Davis, Maryland
The local product had a productive senior season, compiling five forced fumbles and three interceptions while leading the Terps with 70 solo tackles. But with so much talent at this position, what round will he fall to?