Top 5 corners & safeties for the 2014 draft

The National Football Post concludes its early look at the top 2014 NFL draft prospects today with a breakdown of the cornerback and safety positions.

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1. Jason Verrett, TCU: Led the Horned Frogs in 2012 with six interceptions and 16 pass breakups. Does a nice job in man-to-man coverage, size is a minor concern.

2. Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma: Colvin has good size and possesses the athleticism to play both safety and cornerback.

Jason VerrettVerrett recorded six interceptions in 13 games with TCU last year.

3. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State: Gilbert is a very good athlete and a great kick returner who holds the Oklahoma State record (tied for the Big 12 record) with five career kickoff returns for touchdowns.

4. Carrington Byndom, Texas: Great athlete with good size who has all the skills to be a productive cornerback in the NFL, but we would like to see him make a few more big-time plays.

5. Deion Belue, Alabama: Belue will be the No. 1 cornerback at ‘Bama now that Dee Milliner is in the NFL, so it will be interesting to see how he accepts the challenge.


1. Nickoe Whitley, Mississippi State: Whitley is a good-sized safety who can make plays both in the passing game and run game.

2. Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State: Zimmerman is a playmaking safety in the secondary who had five interceptions last season.

3. Hakeem Smith, Louisville: Solid against the run, but needs to improve in pass coverage.

4. Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt: Ladler has shown improvement in pass coverage and if he can continue to progress, he’ll be a very good all-around safety.

5. Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State: Lewis is on the shorter side, but has been productive playmaker during his time at Michigan State.

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