1). Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 205.
Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
Hooker to me is one of the best players in this draft regardless of his position. His place in the draft may drop out of the top ten because of a hernia and a torn labrum. That could set up a team to get an absolute steal in this draft with him. Hooker can do it all, he has the strength to play in the box and is quick enough to cover any receiver on the field. Hooker has excellent ball skills and drives down hard on the ball.
2). Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Height: 6-1. Weight: 211.
Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
Adams is very close to Hooker, he is quick, aggressive and can cover the entire field. Like Hooker, he can cover any receiver on the field even if it’s a tight end. I look for Adams and Hooker to be Pro Bowl caliber players very quickly at the NFL level. Adams best attribute is probably his instincts especially in zone defenses he has an innate sense of where the ball is heading and he breaks on the ball very quickly.
3). Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
Height: 6-0. Weight: 193. Arm: 30.88. Hand: 9.75.
Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
Evans will be a strong safety in the NFL, he can step up and play in the box as an eighth defender. He has decent coverage skills but will play strong safety in the NFL and he will be a solid player at the next level.
4). Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut
Height: 6-4. Weight: 219. Arm: 32.63. Hand: 8.75.
Projected 40 Time: 4.53.
Obi is a freak athlete and a team will fall in love with him at the combine and pick him during the end of the first round. He has a great Senior Bowl and moved up everybody’s draft board. He has great size and tremendous athletic ability and is solid in coverage. He is a little bit of a project, but he has tremendous upside.
5). Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
Height: 6-1. Weight: 208.
Projected 40 Time: 4.40.
Peppers to me is a great athlete, but he does have problems in pass coverage. I look for Peppers to be more of a hybrid linebacker/safety in the NFL. I could really see Peppers slipping out of the first round.