Top 10 safety prospects

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix sits atop Mel Kiper's rankings for the 2014 draft

Updated: August 29, 2013, 12:10 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, DaVaris Daniels Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesAn all-around performer, Clinton-Dix is in line to be the first safety off the board in May.
For years, I've tried to update the top five NFL prospects at each position, for both the junior and senior classes, each week from the beginning of the college football season right up until the draft. Enough of that. This year I decided to do something different. I'll now be ranking the top 10 NFL draft prospects at each position -- with all draft-eligible players included in the same ranking -- just a few times during the season.

For one, it's more helpful to see the juniors, seniors and occasional draft-eligible sophomores all together, just as you see them in the NFL draft. Second, trying to watch enough football and talk to enough evaluators to readjust the rankings every week just got ridiculous.

So here goes with the first version for the 2013 season. The Big Board, of course, will still be updated each week. Below, you have the safeties.

Note that one asterisk denotes a junior; two asterisks denote a draft-eligible sophomore.


1. *Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama Crimson Tide

He makes his mark in coverage, where he showed off an ability that surpassed his age last season. His ability to see ahead of time where the play is going, and either turn and react quickly or break downhill is a strength. Not off the charts in any one area, but really good everywhere. And he'll get stronger.


Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst