Who is the best safety prospect in the 2014 NFL draft class? How about who are the top 10?
We take a look at that as the upcoming crop of talented safeties is introduced to you, the fan and draft enthusiast, as we lead up to the NFL Scouting Combine in February.
What do NFL scouts look for in a safety prospect? We're looking for recognition skills to find the ball, the speed and agility to change direction and then accelerate to the pass or ball-carrier, and the physical skills to put the runner on the ground after he has the ball. You can learn more about those individual traits in our "How to Scout" series.
These 10 players represent the best of the best at the safety position. Some are free and strong. Some are fierce hitters and smooth, savvy ball hawks. Some are a mixture of all. If your favorite NFL team needs an upgrade at either safety position, these are the players you'll want to get to know between now and the May 8 NFL draft.