2. Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State
5-11, 205: Ka-boom … this is the guy you want to create havoc in the back end of your defense. He’s the big hitter in this year’s class with 195 career tackles to go along with the ability to get behind the line from time to time, too.
He’s not going to be a free safety, and despite his terrific 4.45 wheels, he’s not quite as consistent in pass coverage as some might like, but that’s looking for something that’s just not that big a deal.
He’s fine when the ball is in the air – but he’s more of a run stopper and intimidating force against the run.
The athleticism and speed are used to get all over the field to make big stops, and it’s all a part of his tone-setting style that should make him a fan favorite. Again, though, as long as you’re seeing him as a strong safety, he’s going to be special.
Let him freelance to do his thing, and look out.
Projected Round: Second
Real Value: First