1. Deionte Thompson, Alabama 6-2, 196 (1)
Career Statistics: 112 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions, 7 broken up passes, 3 forced fumbles
Why Deionte Thompson Is Here On The List: Landon Collins, Eddie Jackson, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Ha Ha Clinton Dix, Ronnie Harrison, Mark Barron … for the most part, Alabama is pretty good at this whole safety thing.
Thompson was a part of the special teams puzzle for a few years, waited his turn, and then turned into another great Crimson Tide defensive back with a 78-tackle, 2-pick, 6-broken up pass all-star season.
He might not be ready to rock from Day One like some of the other amazing former Bama defensive backs. However, he can run, he can hit, and he has the ball skills to grow into a Pro Bowl talent as a do-it-all playmaker.
What The NFL Types Want To See: Someone will have to figure out where to play him. He’s not built to be a thumping safety on a consistent basis at the next level, but he’s not a corner. Considering he has the most talent and upside of any safety in the draft, his body type is going to be a concern to play anywhere but as a free safety.
Bottom Line: It’s going to take a little bit before he grows into the job, and he’s not anywhere near the sure-thing prospect that Fitzpatrick was and is, but he’s got an intriguing set of skills. He’ll benefit from the credibility of being another great Alabama safety, but durability could be a wee bit of a concern if he’s used as a big hitter.