Kaba, et al, curious to see how you guys are ranking certain positions.
Here's what I'm seeing for the safeties (and admittedly, this is slightly influenced by the type of safety the Bengals IMO need):
1a. Kenny Vacarro - IMO far and away the best coverage safety in the draft. Almost like having an extra corner on the field. Texas also moved him around a lot almost like a Troy Polamalu.
1b. Matt Elam - a guy that's really grown on me. A big hitter, but like Vacarro can also line up in the slot in man coverage and get the job done. I've heard comparisons to Brian Dawkins.
To me, the clear cut top 2 safeties. These next 3, could probably be interchangeable depending on what a specific team is looking for.
2a. DJ Swearinger - love the swagger he plays with, though needs to keep it in check. A former corner who can also line up in the slot on WR's though not as successfully as Vacarro and Elam. Can also lay the wood.
2b. Tony Jefferson - very good in run support and decent in pass coverage. Has the size you want in today's safeties.
2c. Eric Reid - I'm certain some will have him higher, and a year ago he was my favorite safety. Doesn't quite show up as much on tape this year though and LSU seems to have been using him more as a centerfield safety than an in-the-box/slot safety. Could be as high as 3 depending on the team needs.
The Best of the Rest:
3. Bacarri Rambo - a solid centerfield FS. Would be higher in a lesser class.
4. TJ Mcdonald - another centerfield type safety. Solid in run support, but not a guy who can line up in man coverage.
5. Johnathan Cyprien - he seems to be the media darling lately. I don't see it. He doesn't do anything bad, but he doesn't blow you away on tape either, and was facing FBS talent.