November 19, 2011; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (15) during the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

NFL Draft Preview: Defensive Backs

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Safety usually isn’t a position that gets first round consideration. It takes a fairly special player, like Earl Thomas, to get that first first round grade, and I just don’t see one of those in this draft. Maybe Mark Barron sneaks in at the end of round 1, but that isn’t a given. There’s 2-3 players who might go in round 2, but the real value is in the later rounds.

The Seahawks really don’t need a safety. Sure, you can always use some more depth, since Atari Bigby didn’t return, but it’s also true that the Seahawks have the best duo of safeties in the league and both are just finishing up their 2nd year.

If the Seahawks draft a safety, and I don’t expect them to, my guess would be on the selecting Kelcie McCray out of Arkansas St. in the 7th round. As a SS, he’s not a hard hitter like Chancellor, but he’s got the size and speed the Seahawks like. He’ll be versatile enough to backup both safety spots, as well and contribute as a special teams player.

As for CB, this is one of the deeper CB drafts in recent memory. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see 5 players drafted in the first round. At the same time, there are serious character concerns with Kirkpatrick and Jenkins, and both could fall deep into round 2.

The depth carries down through the entire draft, so expect to see a lot of corners coming off the board on all three draft days.

As for targets by Seattle, Alfonzo Dennard out of South Carolina would be an excellent fit in round 2. He’d be an instant upgrade, and gives Seattle someone who can cover the faster receivers that tend to victimize Brandon Browner.

After that I don’t see a great fit for Seattle’s defense until the later rounds. Boston College’s Donnie Fletcher and Montana’s Trumaine Johnson are names to keep in mind later in the draft.

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Player

Pos

Pos #

School

4

Morris Claiborne

CB

1

LSU

21

Stephon Gilmore

CB

2

South Carolina

29

Janoris Jenkins

CB

3

North Alabama

35

Dre Kirkpatrick

CB

4

Alabama

45

Alfonzo Dennard

CB

5

Nebraska

54

Jayron Hosley

CB

6

Virginia Tech

59

Jogh Robinson

CB

7

UCF

63

Brandon Boykin

CB

8

Georgia

72

Leonard Johnson

CB

9

Iowa St.

74

Dwight Bentley

CB

10

La.-Lafayette

81

Chase Minnifield

CB

11

Virginia

92

Jamell Fleming

CB

12

Oklahoma

105

Trumaine Johnson

CB

13

Montana

109

Omar Bolden

CB

14

Arizona State

120

Casey Hayward

CB

15

Vanderbilt

125

Shaun Prater

CB

16

Iowa

126

Josh Norman

CB

17

Coastal Carolina

137

Ryan Steed

CB

18

Furman

138

DeQuan Menzie

CB

19

Alabama

147

Coryell Judie

CB

20

Arkansas

152

Asa Jackson

CB

21

Cal Poly

155

Donnie Fletcher

CB

22

Boston College

169

Micah Pellerin

CB

23

Hampton

173

Keith Tandy

CB

24

West Virginia

194

Justin Bethel

CB

25

Presbyterian

206

 Trevin Wade

CB

26

 Arizona

210

 Mike Harris

CB

27

 Florida St

213

 Ron Brooks

CB

28

 LSU

224

 Coty Sensabaugh

CB

29

 Clemson

228

 Charles Brown

CB

30

 North Carolina

241

 Emanuel Davis

CB

31

 East Carolina

246

 D’Anton Lynn

CB

32

 Penn State

252

 Terrence Frederick

CB

33

 Texas A&M

261

 Chris Greenwood

CB

34

Albion

282

 Cliff Harris

CB

35

 Oregon

 

#

Player

Pos

Pos #

School

34

Mark Barron

SS

1

Alabama

67

Harrison Smith

SS

2

Notre Dame

98

Antonio Allen

SS

3

South Carolina

159

Brandon Taylor

SS

4

LSU

177

Eddie Pleasant

SS

5

Oregon

203

 Duke Ihenacho

SS

6

 San Jose St

216

 Kelcie McCray

SS

7

 Arkansas St

236

 Matt Daniels

SS

8

 Duke

253

 Sean Cattouse

SS

9

 California

266

 Charles Mitchell

SS

10

 Mississippi St

276

 Johnny Thomas

SS

11

 Oklahoma S

286

 Cyhl Quarles

SS

12

 Forest

297

Sean Richardson

SS

13

 Vanderbilt

 

#

Player

Pos

Pos #

School

78

George Iloka

FS

1

Boise St.

91

Markelle Martin

FS

2

Oklahoma State

106

Trenton Robinson

FS

3

Michigan State

127

Janzen Jackson

FS

4

McNeese State

144

Christian Thompson

FS

5

South Carolina St

150

Aaron Henry

FS

6

Wisconsin

172

Eddie Whitley

FS

7

Virginia Tech

192

Tramain Thomas

FS

8

Arkansas

214

 Brandon Hardin

FS

9

 Oregon St

234

 Tysyn Hartman

FS

10

 Kansas St

257

 Damien Jackson

FS

11

 Mississippi

274

 Jerrell Young

FS

12

 South Florida

296

Phillip Thomas

FS

13

 Syracuse

 

 

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