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NFL Draft 2015: Defensive back rankings

Landon Collins of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates

Landon Collins of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after intercepting the ball against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Jan. 2, 2014 in New Orleans. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Streeter Lecka

These are the top ranked cornerbacks, free safeties and strong safeties as of now heading into the 2015 NFL Draft April 30-May 2 in Chicago. (All measurements are from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis Feb. 17-23.)

1. LANDON COLLINS

Class: Junior

School: Alabama

Ht: 6-0

Wt: 228

Arms: 31 1/2 in

Hands: 9 3/8 in

Bench: DNP

40-yard dash: 4.53 sec

Vert: 35 in

Broad: 10

Cone: 7.38 sec

Shuttle: 4.33 sec

Pros: Can play man coverage or in box; big hitter; played both FS, SS

Cons: Can be inconsistent in zone coverage at times, especially in single-high looks

2. TRAE WAYNES

Class: Junior

School: Michigan St.

Ht: 6-0

Wt: 186

Arms: 31 in

Hands: 8 1/4 in

Bench: 19 reps

40-yard dash: 4.31 sec

Vert: 19 in

Broad: 10-2

Cone: 7.06 sec

Shuttle: 4.39 sec

Pros: Balanced cornerback with speed to handle deeper threats

Cons: Sometimes gets too grabby with his receiver, which may not fly in today's NFL

3. MARCUS PETERS

Class: Junior

School: Washington

Ht: 6-0

Wt: 197

Arms: 31 1/2 in

Hands: 8 3/8 in

Bench: 17 reps

40-yard dash: 4.53 sec

Vert: 37 1/2 in

Broad: 10-1

Cone: 7.08 sec

Shuttle: 4.08 sec

Pros: Very talented cover corner with good size and ball skills

Cons: Reportedly had altercations with coaches, was dismissed from team midway through 2014 season

4. QUINTEN ROLLINS

Class: Senior

School: Miami (Ohio)

Ht: 5-11

Wt: 195

Arms: 30 1/4 in

Hands: 9 in

Bench: 14 reps

40-yard dash: 4.57 sec

Vert: 35 1/2 in

Broad: 10-2

Cone: 7.10 sec

Shuttle: 4.28 sec

Pros: Smart, athletic corner with good agility

Cons: Former basketball player has just one year of football experience and is very raw

5. P.J. WILLIAMS

Class: Junior

School: Florida St.

Ht: 6-0

Wt: 194

Arms: 31 in

Hands: 8 5/8 in

Bench: 12 reps

40-yard dash: 4.57 sec

Vert: 40 in

Broad: 11

Cone: 7.08 sec

Shuttle: 4.28 sec

Pros: Versatile, sure-tackling cover corner with good agility

Cons: Sometimes plays too physical down the field

6. KEVIN JOHNSON

Class: Senior

School: Wake Forest

Ht: 6-0

Wt: 188

Arms: 31 in

Hands: 8 3/8 in

Bench: DNP

40-yard dash: 4.52 sec

Vert: 41 1/2 in

Broad: 10-10

Cone: 6.79 sec

Shuttle: 3.89 sec

Pros: Good cover corner with fluid hips and quick feet

Cons: Struggles in run support

7. JALEN COLLINS

Class: Junior

School: LSU

Ht: 6-1

Wt: 203

Arms: 32 1/8 in

Hands: 9 3/8 in

Bench: DNP

40-yard dash: 4.48 sec

Vert: 36 in

Broad: 10-4

Cone: 6.77 sec

Shuttle: 4.27 sec

Pros: Great height/weight/speed combo; playmaker

Cons: Still raw technique-wise

8. ERIC ROWE

Class: Senior

School: Utah

Ht: 6-1

Wt: 205

Arms: 31 1/2 in

Hands: 9 1/2 in

Bench: 19 reps

40-yard dash: 4.45 sec

Vert: 39 in

Broad: 10-5

Cone: 6.70 sec

Shuttle: 3.97 sec

Pros: Tall, lanky defender with great measurables; can play CB or S

Cons: Not a sure-handed defender, will drop interceptable passes

9. RONALD DARBY

Class: Junior

School: Florida St.

Ht: 5-10 1/2

Wt: 193

Arms: 31 3/8 in

Hands: 8 5/8 in

Bench: 12 reps

40-yard dash: 4.38 sec

Vert: 41 1/2 in

Broad: 10-9

Cone: 6.94 sec

Shuttle: 4.14 sec

Pros: Speedy cornerback with fluid hips

Cons: Average size for the position; run support may be an issue

10. IFO EKPRE-OLOMU

Class: Senior

School: Oregon

Ht: 5-9

Wt: 192

Arms: 30 7/8 in

Hands: 9 5/8 in

Bench: DNP

40-yard dash: DNP

Vert: DNP

Broad: DNP

Cone: DNP

Shuttle: DNP

Pros: Ball-hawking corner with good instincts and athleticism

Cons: Small size; suffered ACL injury at end of 2014 regular season

11. SENQUEZ GOLSON

Class: Senior

School: Ole Miss

Ht: 5-9

Wt: 176

Arms: 29 3/4 in

Hands: 9 3/8 in

Bench: 15 reps

40-yard dash: 4.46 sec

Vert: 33 1/2 in

Broad: 10

Cone: 6.81 sec

Shuttle: 4.20 sec

Pros: Ball-hawking corner with great instincts

Cons: Size may limit him to slot role in NFL

12. ALEX CARTER

Class: Junior

School: Stanford

Ht: 6-0

Wt: 196

Arms: 32 1/8 in

Hands: 9 1/8 in

Bench: 17 reps

40-yard dash: 4.51 sec

Vert: 40 in

Broad: 10-1

Cone: 7.05 sec

Shuttle: 4.07 sec

Pros: Physical cornerback who is good in run support or press

Cons: Sometimes plays too physical down the field

13. CODY PREWITT

Class: Senior

School: Ole Miss

Ht: 6-2

Wt: 208

Arms: 32 5/8 in

Hands: 9 1/8 in

Bench: 11 reps

40-yard dash: 4.60 sec

Vert: 35 in

Broad: 10-5

Cone: 7.12 sec

Shuttle: 4.23 sec

Pros: Athletic enough to be a single-high safety

Cons: Sometimes takes too aggressive of an angle to the ball

14. QUANDRE DIGGS

Class: Senior

School: Texas

Ht: 5-9

Wt: 196

Arms: 29 5/8 in

Hands: 9 5/8 in

Bench: 17 reps

40-yard dash: 4.56 sec

Vert: 36 1/2 in

Broad: 9-5

Cone: 7.22 sec

Shuttle: 4.15 sec

Pros: Instinctive, tough corner with good ball skills; can return kicks

Cons: May not be tall enough to play outside WRs, but may be too slow to play in slot

15. DORAN GRANT

Class: Senior

School: Ohio St.

Ht: 5-10

Wt: 200

Arms: 30 1/4 in

Hands: 9 3/8 in

Bench: 21 reps

40-yard dash: 4.69 sec

Vert: 33 1/2 in

Broad: 9

Cone: 7.18 sec

Shuttle: 4.41 sec

Pros: Plays the ball well; recognizes routes quickly

Cons: Sometimes plays too physical down the field

16. BYRON JONES

Class: Senior

School: UConn

Ht: 6-1

Wt: 199

Arms: 32 in

Hands: 10 in

Bench: DNP

40-yard dash: DNP

Vert: 44 1/2 in

Broad: 12-3

Cone: 6.78 sec

Shuttle: 3.94 sec

Pros: Set Combine record in broad jump; four-year starter at CB

Cons: Has history of shoulder issues; is he just a workout warrior?

17. JOSH SHAW

Class: Senior

School: USC

Ht: 6-0

Wt: 201

Arms: 30 3/4 in

Hands: 9 in

Bench: 26 reps

40-yard dash: 4.44 sec

Vert: 37 1/2 in

Broad: 10-10

Cone: 7.01 sec

Shuttle: 4.12 sec

Pros: Can play cornerback or safety

Cons: Not very physical; must answer questions about 'drowning nephew' lie he told in Oct.

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