Safeties

Posted: April 28, 2011

THE BEST

Aaron Wiliams, Texas

Size: 6-0, 204. 40-time: 4.55

Projected round: 1-2

Mayock: "He can play corner, but ultimately, I think his best position is going to be inside. In today's NFL of multiple-receiver sets and pass-first offenses, I think you're going to see more and more free safeties who look like corners. Williams reminds me a little bit of the kid out of Ohio State that the Saints drafted a couple of years ago, Malcolm Jenkins. He was kind of a borderline first-round corner, but when they kicked the kid inside, he had a heckuva year last year. If I drafted him, I'd probably try him at corner first, but I think he's eventually going inside."

THE RISER

Marcus Gilchrist, Clemson

Size: 5-10, 195. 40-time: 4.45

Projected round: 3

Mayock: "A lot of teams talk about him [going] in the fourth or fifth round. Some teams have him at corner, some at safety. He's got more of a corner body, but he's got safety eyes and instincts. I think he's a starting free safety. You can drop him down in the slot [in nickel]. He can play man-to-man. He's got loose hips. He has real good range in the middle of the field. I like his instincts a lot and his ball skills are better than I thought they were. All these teams that are talking about him in the fourth and fifth round, there's no way he gets out of the third. He's a really good football player."

THE SLEEPER

Shiloh Keo, Idaho

Size: 5-11, 218. 40-time: 4.75

Projected round: 5-6

Mayock: "He's not very fast, but at the East-West game, I watched him fly around practice every day. Every coach on the team loved him. He's a core special-teamer that will play on every special team. I'm not saying he's your punt returner because he doesn't have any kind of speed. But he's got better feet than people think. Probably a fifth- or sixth-round pick and I think he makes your team."

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