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Draft Prospect Notes: Defensive Backs

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's report breaks down defensive backs.

CORNERBACKS

RankPlayerSchoolHt.Wt.40
1
Patrick PetersonLSU6-12224.42
Notes:[Andy Hart] Great athlete and size. Not as fluid as some say at CB. Good ball skills. Elite returner. Won't be elite NFL corner. Maybe Cromartie?. [Erik Scalavino] Athletic playmaker on D and special teams. [Paul Perillo] Tremendous athlete; Dynamic return man; Aggressive style; Questions about move to S.
2
Prince AmukamaraNebraska6-02054.49
Notes:[Andy Hart] Man press build. Not afraid to tackle. [Erik Scalavino] . [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
3
Jimmy SmithColorado6-22114.42
Notes:[Andy Hart] Good size. Athletic. Physical at line. Good speed. [Erik Scalavino] Decent recovery speed. [Paul Perillo] Tough and physical; Plays with an edge; Relies on speed too much.
4
Brandon HarrisMiami5-91914.46
Notes:[Andy Hart] Good cover skills. Man guy. Doesn't cheat much. Not afraid to play run and hit a little. [Erik Scalavino] Celebrates too much on the field; not a great tackler. [Paul Perillo] Physical and aggressive; Athletic; Not the best tackler.
5
Aaron WilliamsTexas6-02044.55
Notes:[Andy Hart] Doesn't play to size. Aggressive and raw PR. [Erik Scalavino] . [Paul Perillo] No Comments.

THE REST:
PlayerSchoolHt.Wt.40
Davon HouseNew Mexico State6-02004.44
Notes:[Andy Hart] Man press guy, some zone. Tight coverage. Pretty physical. NFL illegal contacts in his future. [Erik Scalavino] Very tight coverage guy; potential to blossom at next level. [Paul Perillo] Plays real tight in coverage; Good technique; Very aggressive; Solid.
Johnny PatrickLouisville5-111914.5
Notes:[Andy Hart] Three year starter. Projected as zone guy. Wrap-up tackler. [Erik Scalavino] solid tackler. [Paul Perillo] Willing tackler; Good athlete.
Brandon BurtonUtah6-01904.5
Notes:[Andy Hart] More man than zone. Not great going up for ball. SPT worker. [Erik Scalavino] OK tackler; good instincts; tight cover guy; sound fundamentals; knack for big plays on D and ST. [Paul Perillo] Real thin; Plays aggressive and tight but not a physical tackler.
Curtis BrownTexas6-01854.42
Notes:[Andy Hart] High points ball. PR and SPT work, Athletic. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Impressive on tape; Good aggressive athlete.
Shareece WrightUSC5-111854.41
Notes:[Andy Hart] Physical. Decent reactions. Tackles. Does little of everything.. [Erik Scalavino] Aggressive; nose for the ball versus both the pass and run. [Paul Perillo] Around the ball; Plays the run well.
Buster SkrineTennessee-Chattanooga5-91844.37
Notes:[Andy Hart] 3 year starter. KR. High points ball. SPT gunner. Great speed. [Erik Scalavino] Punt returner and spec teams coverage ace. [Paul Perillo] Diamond in the rough; Potetential mid-round steal.
Curtis MarshUtah State6-01974.42
Notes:[Andy Hart] Converted RB, only two years CB. Athlete. Lanky frame. Comes up to tackle. Doesn't always wrap. Developmental. [Erik Scalavino] Solid, but unspectacular. [Paul Perillo] Tough and physical; Short tape.
Jalil BrownColorado6-02044.52
Notes:[Andy Hart] Overagressive. Athletic. Not afraid to hit. Cheap picks. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Good hands; Good positioning; Nose for ball; Good size, physical.
Brandon HoganWest Virginia5-101924.43
Notes:[Andy Hart] PR. Athletic. Some off-field issues. [Erik Scalavino] Right-place-right-time kind of player; returns punts, too. [Paul Perillo] Good positioning; Cuts underneath receiver well; Breaks well on ball.
Ras-I DowlingVirginia6-12004.4
Notes:[Andy Hart] Injury issues. Former first-round type prospect. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Chimdi ChekwaOhio State5-111904.49
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Chris L. RuckerMichigan State6-22004.55
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Korey LindseySouthern Illinois5-101824.52
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Rashad CarmichaelVirginia Tech5-101924.53
Notes:[Andy Hart] Not elite FB speed. Not afraid to hit vs. run. Finishes plays. Seen as zone guy. [Erik Scalavino] Film study junkie; reads QB well; usually in good position; decent tackler. [Paul Perillo] Great speed; Good, tight coverage; Plays ball and willing tackler.
Richard ShermanStanford6-21954.54
Notes:[Andy Hart] Former wide receiver. Athlete . Raw in coverage. Solid wrap-up tackler. Long arms. See's ball deep. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Good hands; Good positioning; Nose for ball; Good size, physical.
Kendric BurneyNorth Carolina5-091904.47
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Mario ButlerGeorgia Tech6-11834.49
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] Poor tackler. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Chris CulliverSouth Carolina6-02014.47
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Justin RogersRichmond5-111834.48
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Chykie BrownTexas6-01944.43
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] Good size, speed.
Devon TorrenceOhio State6-02004.53
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Anthony GaitorFlorida International5-101784.53
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Ryan JonesNorthwest Missouri St.5-111954.42
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Jason TeagueTCU6-21974.59
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Josh ThomasBuffalo5-101964.49
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Andrew McGeeOklahoma State6-01904.54
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Demarcus Van DykeMiami6-11744.47
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Darrin WallsNotre Dame6-01884.47
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Vance CuffGeorgia5-111784.38
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.


*FREE SAFETY

RankPlayerSchoolHt.Wt.401
Quinton CarterOklahoma6-12084.57Notes: [Andy Hart] Played free and strong. Can get caught up or beat deep at times. Overagressive at times. Makes plays. [Erik Scalavino] Knack for creating turnovers. [Paul Perillo] Follows ball well; Physical; Stuffs the run; Plays with an edge.2
Rahim MooreUCLA6-11964.5Notes: [Andy Hart] Good FB speed. Quick and closes. Questions in open field tackling. OK in zone, but not man. [Erik Scalavino] Excels versus the run. [Paul Perillo] Good run support; Shaky in coverage.3
Robert SandsWest Virginia6-42174.53Notes: [Andy Hart] Hitter. Aggressive. Not overly quick. Wraps up and high points ball well. [Erik Scalavino] Good awareness of the ball. [Paul Perillo] Shows good instincts; Good all around.4
Marcus GilchristClemson5-101954.45Notes: [Andy Hart] KR and PR. Not a playmaker in coverage. Versatile and reliable but not flashy. [Erik Scalavino] KR/PR ability. [Paul Perillo] Good center fielder; Good tackler; Good pursuit; Played some CB and has KR/PR ability; Solid mid-round option.5
Deunta WilliamsNorth Carolina6-12154.53Notes: [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.  
THE REST:PlayerSchoolHt.Wt.40Eric HaggNebraska6-12094.62Notes: [Andy Hart] PR. Hybrid safety/LB type. Pretty good range and size. Not elite speed. Aggressive vs. run. Playmaker who finishes plays. [Erik Scalavino] Knack for getting in the backfield; big-play potential on every play. [Paul Perillo] Good blitzer; PR ability; Around the line of scrimmage a lot; Tough/aggressive; Solid tackler.Jaiquawn JarrettTemple6-01984.62Notes: [Andy Hart] Plays run tough. Run coverage . Wraps-up. Hits a bit. Not fast. Hands? [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] A bit tenative. Looks slow. Physical.Jerrard TarrantGeorgia Tech6-02054.53Notes: [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Chris ConteCalifornia6-32124.54Notes: [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Jermale HinesOhio State6-12154.59Notes: [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Mark LeGreeAppalachian State6-02004.58Notes: [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Tejay JohnsonTCU6-02124.56Notes: [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Brian LainhartKent State6-02114.54Notes: [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Chris ProsinskiWyoming6-12104.54Notes: [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Brett GreenwoodIowa5-112004.63Notes: [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Tommie CampbellCalifornia (Pa.)6-22024.45Notes: [Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.Will HillFlorida6-02024.64Notes: [Andy Hart] OK ball skills. Hits a little bit. Lot red flags. [Erik Scalavino] Always around the ball, though not a great tackler. [Paul Perillo] Tries to be physical but isn't, misses a lot of tackles.Chris FoxBoston College5-111984.57Notes: *[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo*] No Comments.  

STRONG SAFETY

RankPlayerSchoolHt.Wt.40
1
DeAndre McDanielClemson6-02174.63
Notes:[Andy Hart] Rover at times. Impact athlete. Speed? Goes after the football. Wraps up. Matured past some early off-field issues. [Erik Scalavino] Solid tackler, but not much else overly impressive. [Paul Perillo] Covers ground/solid center fielder; Wraps well; High points ball; Aggressive/physical.
2
Jeo LefegedRutgers5-112084.58
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
3
Tyler SashIowa6-02114.62
Notes:[Andy Hart] Lot of INTs, even coach called lucky. Not great speed or size. SPT backup type.. [Erik Scalavino] Right-place-right-time kind of player. [Paul Perillo] Good instincts but limited athletically.
4
Ahmad BlackFlorida5-91844.7
Notes:[Andy Hart] Leader. Big plays. CF picks. Reads QB well. Scrappy vs run. [Erik Scalavino] Makes a lot of "easy" INTs; piles on after the fact too much. [Paul Perillo] Settles in zones nicely; Gunner on ST; Wraps up but not a big hitter.
5
Jeron JohnsonBoise State5-102124.51
Notes:[Andy Hart] Physical hitter, led in tackles 3 years. OK ball skills. Physical style but not huge. SPT. [Erik Scalavino] Solid, nothing special. [Paul Perillo] Small but decisive in coverage and run support; Not overly physical.

THE REST:
PlayerSchoolHt.Wt.40
Shiloh KeoIdaho6-02244.62
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Nate WilliamsWashington6-02084.59
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Eugene CliffordTennessee State6-12044.56
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Da'Norris SearcyNorth Carolina5-112164.63
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Dom DeCiccoPittsburgh6-32324.64
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
DeJon GomesNebraska5-112004.59
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
David SimsIowa State5-102084.57
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Isa Abdul-El QuddusFordham6-02004.52
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Johnny BrownMississippi6-02124.57
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Davonte ShannonBuffalo6-02054.75
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo] No Comments.
Zac EtheridgeAuburn6-02014.56
Notes:[Andy Hart] Comes up fast. Hits a little bit. Neck injury. Pretty good speed. [Erik Scalavino] Opportunistic; OK tackler. [Paul Perillo] Quick close; Tough; Leader; Good instincts; Has an edge.
Jay ValaiWisconsin5-82034.56
Notes:[Andy Hart] No Comments. [Erik Scalavino] No Comments. [Paul Perillo*] No Comments.

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