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2013 Draft Prospect Notes: Defensive Backs

PROSPECT NOTES BY POSITION:QB | OL | RB | TE | WR

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The writers of Patriots Football Weekly have done their homework on all the prospects in this year's NFL Draft. Now, you can download the actual notes they took on all the top players, broken down by position for your convenience. Today, they offer their notes on the defensive backs.

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CORNERBACKS
Rank Player School Ht. Wt. 40 Com
1 Dee Milliner Alabama 6-0 201 4.47 4.35
Notes: [Andy Hart] Doesn't play to 40 time. Too many guys get by him. Not an elite athlete. Receovers well and makes plays on ball. [Erik Scalavino] Best of the bunch. Great size, good coverage technique. Could tackle better. [Paul Perillo*] Physical LCB; Fights for ball downfield; A little sloppy with technique at times; Sits in zones as well.

2 Desmond Trufant Washington 6-0 190 4.49 4.38
Notes: [Andy Hart] Good size. Blitzes and tackles. Plays off. High points the ball. Aggressive style. [Erik Scalavino] Very athletic; fights for the ball. Not the best tackler, however. [Paul Perillo] Fast and athletic; Finds ball; Displays tight coverage; Fights with ball in air; Very aggressive; Average hands.

3 Xavier Rhodes Florida State 6-1 217 4.54
Notes:* [Andy Hart] Good size. Stiff through the hips. Very phsyical, will draw flags in the NFL. [Erik Scalavino] Big and strong. Kind of Talib-like. Being a former WR helps his coverage. [Paul Perillo] Good size but perhaps too big; Good tackler; Good discipline; Move to safety in his future.

4 D.J. Hayden Houston 5-11 191 4.42 4.42
Notes: [Andy Hart] Nice break on ball. Good burst. Decent tackler [Paul Perillo] Athletic. Tight Coverage. Makes plays.

5 Johnthan Banks Mississippi State 6-2 185 4.52 4.59
Notes: [Andy Hart] Not elite speed. Good ball skills. Goes and gets it. Good man ability. Tracks ball well and tackles. [Erik Scalavino] Smooth technique, yet plays aggressive at times. [Paul Perillo] Solid all around; Will get physical; Got beat at times but closes well; Very aggressive.

THE REST:

Player School Ht. Wt. 40 Com
Jordan Poyer Oregon State 6-0 191 4.49 4.5
Notes: [Andy Hart] Seems to have to recover a lot. Good breaks. Lot PDs. Playmaker. Blitzes. [Erik Scalavino] Slighter build than the others mentioned, but still a good athlete. Zone coverage experience a plus. [Paul Perillo] Aggressive blitzer; Athletic; A notch below the others in terms of coverage.

Jamar Taylor Boise State 5-11 192 4.47 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Excellent instincts and anticipation; Good hands; Solid on deep coverage; Solid prospect.

Darius Slay Mississippi State 6-1 190 4.53 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] Very athletic. Inexperienced vs top competition as a JUCO transfer. [Paul Perillo] Underrated because of Banks but solid; Tight coverage; Physical; Makes plays.

Tyrann Mathieu LSU 5-9 178 4.54
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Terrific playmaker despite modest size; Seems destined for slot duty; Tough and physical.

Logan Ryan Rutgers 6-0 190 4.53
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] .McCourty's replacement at Rutgers. Could be a sleeper pick. [Paul Perillo] Tight coverage; Good hands; Good tackler; Physical and aggressive.

Will Davis Utah State 5-11 182 4.53 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Physical; Tight coverage downfield; Finds ball; Good hands; Breaks well.

David Amerson North Carolina State 6-2 194 4.59
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Inconsistent but talented; Trouble with crossing routes; Enigmatic.

Blidi Wreh-Wilson Connecticut 6-1 192 4.44 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] Intriguing size. Could be an NFL project. [Paul Perillo] Great size and positioning; Excellent in deep coverage and on crosses; Not afraid to hit.

Robert Alford Southeast Louisiana 5-10 186 4.43 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

B.W. Webb William & Mary 5-10 183 4.45 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] Very interesting prospect. Small-school sleeper. [Paul Perillo] Very athletic; Great instincts; Excellent punt returner; Aggressive; Lots to like.

Leon McFadden San Diego State 5-10 193 4.49 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Tharold Simon LSU 6-2 193 4.53
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] Raw talent. Over-aggressive at times. Needs to tackle better. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Dwayne Gratz Connecticut 5-11 200 4.46 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] Insert Comments. [Erik Scalavino] Insert Comments. [Paul Perillo] Jumps out routes; Willing tackler; Good size; Not bad.

Nickell Robey USC 5-8 168 4.42
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Very active around line of scrimmage; Mobile; Very physical; Tight coverage.

Adrian Bushell Louisville 5-11 187 4.49 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Brandon McGee Miami 5-11 195 4.52 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Marc Anthony California 5-11 191 4.54 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Cuts under receivers while breaking on ball; Not physical tackler; Nice instincts playing zone; Aggressive.

Sanders Commings Georgia 6-0 223 4.54 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Micah Hyde Iowa 6-0 196 4.53 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Terry Hawthorne Illinois 6-0 194 4.49 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Johnny Adams Michigan State 5-11 178 4.52 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Terrence Brown Stanford 6-0 182 4.52
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Steve Williams California 5-10 185 4.39
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Good tackler but opts to go for ankles at times; Excellent ball skills; Late-round option.

Branden Smith Georgia 5-10 168 4.43 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Demontre Hurst Oklahoma 5-9 200 4.46 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Josh Johnson Purdue 5-10 199 4.49 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Rod Sweeting Georgia Tech 5-11 182 4.47 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Travis Howard Ohio State 6-0 198 4.54 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Kahlid Wooten Nevada 5-11 211 4.45 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Ryan Lacy Utah 5-9 186 4.47 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Nigel Malone Kansas State 5-9 178 4.52 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Brodrick Brown Oklahoma State 5-8 183 4.49 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Devin Smith Wisconsin 5-11 186 4.53 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Dustin Harris Texas A&M 6-0 175 4.50 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Jerrell Gavins Boise State 5-8 170 4.45 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Mike Edwards Hawaii 5-10 180 4.49
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Dax Swanson Sam Houston State 5-11 192 4.56 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Moe Lee Utah 6-1 191 4.51 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Demetrius McCray Appalachian State 6-1 185 4.54 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Aaron Hester UCLA 6-1 203 4.56 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

 
FREE SAFETY
Rank Player School Ht. Wt. 40 Com
1 Kenny Vaccaro Texas 6-1 218 4.49 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] Excellent size, speed, instincts. [Paul Perillo] Tight coverage; Physical; Nice fight for ball; Pursues well; Big hitter.

2 Eric Reid LSU 6-2 212 4.59
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] Hard hitter. Very quick to react, but sometimes overpursues as a result. [Paul Perillo] Terrific all around safety; Very fast and physical; Impact player.

3 Phillip Thomas Fresno State 6-1 210 4.57 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] Great size, instincts. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

4 Bacarri Rambo Georgia 6-1 215 4.54 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] Reads QBs eyes well; not the best tackler, but always there in coverage. [Paul Perillo] Good instincts; Tries to bait QB at times; Solid in coverage.

5 D.J. Swearinger South Carolina 5-11 210 4.56 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Very physical; Good in deep coverage; Athletic; Can play near line as well as deep zones.

THE REST:
Player School Ht. Wt. 40 Com
T.J. McDonald USC 6-2 211 4.52 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Decent size; Likes to work near line of scrimmage; Blitzes well; Big hitter.

Josh Evans Florida 6-1 205 4.54 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Nice closing speed on blitz; Good pursuit; Solid tackler; Aggressive all around.

Tony Jefferson Oklahoma 5-11 212 4.53
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Wrap-up tackler; Comfortable playing center fielld; Big hitter; Nice range/ballskills.

Rashard Hall Clemson 6-1 213 4.52 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Comfortable playing deep CF; Good tackler; Good range; Solid.

Zeke Motta Notre Dame 6-2 215 4.54 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Bradley McDougald Kansas 6-0 208 4.5 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Brandan Bishop North Carolina State 6-1 206 4.62 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Rontez Miles California (PA) 6-0 197 4.54 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Daimion Stafford Nebraska 6-1 205 4.57 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Kemal Ishmael Central Florida 5-11 212 4.64 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

John Boyett Oregon 5-10 205 4.64 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Jakar Hamilton South Carolina State 5-11 196 4.49 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Duron Harmon Rutgers 6-0 198 4.59 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Darren Thellen Massachusetts 6-2 207 4.65 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

STRONG SAFETY

Rank Player School Ht. Wt. 40 Com
1 Matt Elam Florida 5-10 202 4.53
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] Can play in the box or drop in coverage. Somewhat undersized, though. [Paul Perillo] Aggressive around line of scrimmage; Late on occasional deep help.

2 Jonathan Cyprien Florida International 6-0 209 4.56 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

3 Shawn Williams Georgia 6-0 211 4.54 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] Decent both near the line, but can get beaten dropping in coverage [Paul Perillo] Versatile; Physical; Decent in coverage.

4 Shamarko Thomas Syracuse 5-9 217 4.39 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Good tackler; Physical; Can play coming off the edge; Solid second-day safety.

5 J.J. Wilcox Georgia Southern 5-11 214 4,54 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Athletic; Good stick; Fast; Ability to return kicks; Physical for size.

THE REST:

Player School Ht. Wt. 40 Com
Robert Lester Alabama 6-1 212 4.63 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Loves to play near the line; Physical; Good range; Breaks on ball.

Duke Williams Nevada 5-11 201 4.46 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Earl Wolff North Carolina State 5-11 206 4.54 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Cooper Taylor Richmond 6-4 229 4.57 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Good size; Big hitter; Run support; Likes to blitz.

Jawanza Starling USC 6-1 202 4.53 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Good hands; Solid tackler; Finds the ball; Active.

Ray Ray Armstrong Miami 6-3 227 4.62 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Don Jones Arkansas State 5-11 196 4.49 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Alonzo Tweedy Virginia Tech 6-1 195 4.49 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Jahleel Addae Central Michigan 5-10 200 4.54 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Keelan Johnson Arizona State 5-11 211 4.58 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Dominick LeGrande Marshall 6-2 213 4.65 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Drew Frey Cincinnati 6-2 202 4.58 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Jamoris Slaughter Notre Dame 6-0 200 4.57 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

Markell Rice American International 5-11 204 4.57 *
Notes:* [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

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