A second team all conference player that recorded five interceptions and 85 tackles during his senior year. Boston, 6-1, 205 pounds, could be a good late-round pickup.
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Dontae Johnson, North Carolina State
A 6-2, 195-pounder who played safety, linebacker and corner at N.C. State. Johnson recorded two interceptions in a loss to eventual national champion Florida State with one coming off the hand of Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.
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Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt
Was quite the playmaker on the back end at Vandy, intercepting five passes and forcing five fumbles in 2013. Ladler has experience at free and strong safety as well as on special teams.
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Ed Reynolds, Stanford
One of the top defenders on one of the nation’s top defensive units. Reynolds had 87 tackles, four passes defended and one interception during his junior year. In 2012, he intercepted six passes. He should also come off the board in the middle rounds.
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Dion Bailey, USC
Bailey, who led the Trojans with five interceptions in 2013, also played linebacker in his three seasons at USC. During those three seasons he totaled 222 tackles and 11 interceptions. Another mid-round pick.
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Terrence Brooks, Florida State
Didn’t put up ridiculous numbers last season (only two interceptions) but was respected by opposing coaches, proven by his first-team All-ACC honor. Brooks has experience as a cornerback but is best suited to play free safety in the NFL. He’s projected to be a mid-round selection.
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Deone Bucannon, Washington State
A very good all-around safety that recorded 78 solo tackles in 2013 and intercepted 10 passes over the last two seasons. He developed a reputation in college for not only delivering big hits but also causing several turnovers in pass and run defense.
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Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois
An impressive Senior Bowl validated an outstanding senior season of 95 tackles, 14 passes defended and seven interceptions. Not in the same class as the first two but seems to have become the consensus No. 3.
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Calvin Pryor, Louisville
Pryor is the other elite safety in this class. He’s stronger against the run than Clinton-Dix but still was able to record seven interceptions over 34 career games at Louisville. He is also likely to come off the board between 10 and 20.
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Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama.
Arguably the best safety in this class, Clinton-Dix recorded seven interceptions over the last two seasons. The Cowboys would have to use their first round pick to land the Crimson Tide standout. He’s projected to go somewhere between 10 and 20.