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Terrence Brooks was instrumental in the Seminoles' run to the national title.
At the safety position, rookie Kenny Vacarro had a solid rookie season for New Orleans, and Saints fans are excited about his future with the team. Veteran starter Malcolm Jenkins, meanwhile, is a free agent. New Orleans will be looking to cover its bases in case Jenkins doesn’t return, and the Senior Bowl isn’t a bad place to start.
The safety crop at this year’s game isn’t quite as deep as the cornerback pool, but there are still some noteworthy prospects.
Florida State’s Terrence Brooks and Vanderbilt’s Kenny Ladler were two of the top free safeties in college football this season, and both could go in the middle rounds of the draft.
LSU’s Craig Loston has quite the penchant for laying huge hits on opposing receivers, but like a lot of strong safeties, he has his difficulties in coverage.
Ahmad Dixon of Baylor is another big hitter, and the Saints may give him a hard look as a potential middle- to late-round selection.
With regards to quarterback, running back and defensive line, these positions are considered strengths for the Saints. It wouldn’t be a surprise, though, to see New Orleans add depth to any of these spots with a late-round draft pick.
Like most NFL squads, the Saints have had a strong presence in Mobile this week. Saturday’s game will cap off a week of evaluations of the nation’s top college football seniors, and more than one of these standouts could easily find themselves donning the Black and Gold next fall.