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Draft Preview: Notable Safety Highlights

Landon Collins

Considered by most draft experts as the top safety on the board, Collins played three years at Alabama under Nick Saban, starting 23 games. A strong safety by trade, Collins also played free safety and even some weak side linebacker as a junior. Collins attacks the line of scrimmage and gets downhill, where he is an effective tackler. Some analysts wonder about his ability to cover and play deep centerfield.

Photos of Alabama Safety Landon Collins

Damarious Randall

Randall spent two years at community college playing baseball and football before arriving at Arizona State in 2013. He played two years and started 22 games, grabbing six interceptions. At just 5-11 and 196 pounds, he excels playing in the centerfield role with the athleticism to play sideline to sideline – though independent scouts say he still has some technique issues to work on.

Photos of ASU Safety Damarious Randall

Derron Smith

A five-year senior from Fresno State, Smith is routinely all over the field, whether tracking down running backs or deep passes in the air. At 5-10 and 200 pounds, he is slightly underweight for a safety. Draft experts wonder about his discipline and consistency as a potential Day 2 pick.

Photos of Fresno State Safety Derron Smith

Gerod Holliman

A thee-year sophomore, Holliman was the ultimate ballhawk in his final year at Louisville, grabbing 14 interceptions – tying a FBS record and helping him win the Jim Thorpe award. A big-time playmaker, draft analysts think he needs to improve on his consistency and become a more physical tackler to be a two-way safety.

Anthony Harris

A three-year starter, this four-year senior from Virginia checks in at 6-0 and 185 pounds. A basketball player before playing organized football for the first time in high school, Harris is known for his athletic coverage skills and nose for jumping routes. Smart and aggressive, draft experts say he needs to cut down on his mistakes and improve in one-on-one coverage in the NFL.

Photos of UVA Safety Anthony Harris

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