Top five defensive backs in the NFL draft

Here are the top five defensive back prospects (with projected round):

1. Landon Collins, 6-foot, 228 pounds, S, Alabama (first): He started his career backing up Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, now with the Packers. He played both safety positions for the Crimson Tide.

2. Trae Waynes, 6-0, 186, CB, Michigan State (first): Considered the top cover corner in the draft. He was a three-year letter-winner and two-year starter for the Spartans. He registered 101 tackles, six interceptions and 13 pass break-ups in 36 career games, including 27 consecutive starts.

3. Kevin Johnson, 6-0, 188, CB, Wake Forest (first): Johnson had a strong combine, as he matched the second-best vertical leap of cornerbacks, jumping 41.5 inches. He displayed his agility in the 20-yard shuttle with a time of 3.89 seconds, the second-best time. In the three-cone drill, Johnson had the fourth-best mark of 6.79 seconds.

4. Marcus Peters, 6-0, 197, CB, Washington (first): A hot-head with first-round talent. He was dismissed from the team after an argument with an assistant coach. He previously went into a tirade on the sidelines during a game.

5. Bryon Jones, 6-1, 199, CB, Connecticut (first/second): His stock has continue to rise after a strong showing at the combine and at the Huskies’ Pro Day. He started two years at safety before he moved to cornerback last season.

Teams in need: Tennessee, Jacksonville, Oakland, Washington, New York Jets, St. Louis and New Orleans.

Need area for Falcons? Yes. The Falcons don’t have an established free safety, as Dezmen Southward and Charles Godfrey sit atop the depth chart. Southward is slated to get a tryout at cornerback. Coach Dan Quinn likes his size and speed. William Moore is battling back from surgery at strong safety.

Top five seniors for 2016 draft: 1. Wayne Lyons, 6-1, 196, CB, Stanford. 2. Fabian Moreau, 6-0, 200, CB, UCLA. 3. Jonathan Jones, 5-9, 182, CB, Auburn. 4. Taveze Calhoun, 6-0, 185, CB, Mississippi State. 5. Jordan Lucas, 6-0, 198, Penn State.

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