They might not all show up and workout, but these are the five best safety prospects going into the 2018 NFL Combine.
Daily Five: Safety Rankings Before The NFL Combine
From the college perspective, how good are these guys?
Who can play football well enough to make an impact at the next level? At least at the moment, here are your five best safeties.
5. SS DeShon Elliott, Texas
Career Statistics: 105 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss, nine interceptions, 13 broken up passes
Why DeShon Elliott Is Here On The List: A decent player over his first two years – when he was in one piece – he came up with a few interceptions and 42 stops. And then it all came together.
The 6-2, 210-pounder was all over the field for the Longhorns, coming up with six interceptions – taking two for scores – with 63 tackles, helping to turn around a defense that struggled to come up with key tackles and big plays.
He fits the NFL prototype and look for a strong safety, and he showed he’s got a great nose for the ball when it’s in the air. But can he move well enough in pass coverage? He might need to be helped a bit by more athleticism in the secondary, but when it comes to setting a tone and making a pop, he’ll be there.
What The NFL Types Want To See: Can he move? He was able to get to the ball last year without any problem, but if he NFL fast and is he smooth enough? He might be a Strong Safety Only in terms of his style – even with his picks – but he can up his stock with some good workouts.
Bottom Line: The jury will be on him in the scouting world. He’s not going to be quite as athletic as some will like, and there’s going to be some concern about him holding up with his style, but he’s a baller who’ll work out more than fine as a great value pick.