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Draft candidates at a glance: Secondary

PLAYERPOS.SCHOOLHEIGHTWEIGHT40 TIMEROUND
D.J. HaydenCBHouston5-111924.441
Serious medical questions have been cleared up after freak practice injury in which he tore inferior vena cava in his heart. Talent-wise, has all the tools to be shutdown corner.
Dee Milliner*CBAlabama6-02014.381
Prototypical size and athleticism for starting cornerback. Played inside as sophomore, outside last year — best position up in air. Top cover skills, average ball skills. Tough and smart.
Kenny VaccaroSTexas6-02144.591
Imposing all-around safety who is an explosive hitter but also has great awareness. Versatile player who can play deep middle or in the box. Special teams monster.
Xavier Rhodes*CBFlorida St.6-1½ 2104.431-2
Physically, he has it all — length, speed, ball skills, and technique. But former receiver doesn’t have a great feel for the game. A bit robotic. Reminds a bit of Devin McCourty — with man skills.
Desmond TrufantCBWashington5-111904.381-2
Terrific, well-rounded player who knows the game very well thanks to his pro-playing brothers (Marcus, Seahawks; Isaiah, Jets). Not as good as Marcus, but pro-ready.
Matt Elam*SSFlorida5-102084.471-2
Really came on last season and developed into an equal threat against the run and pass. Very good closing speed and will go sideline to sideline. Needs polish in reacting.
Eric Reid*FSLSU6-1¼2134.492
Long safety who plays with imposing force against ball carriers. Play slipped last season. Range and ball skills are average. Will take bad angles.
Jamar TaylorCBBoise State5-111924.411-2
Outstanding technique in both press and zone. Flips his hips easily and sticks with receivers. Prototypical Patriots prospect at the position, even down to being a captain and injury history.
Johnthan BanksCBMiss. State6-21854.592
Versatile — started as a safety before winning Jim Thorpe Award last season for best defensive back. Long arms, good ball skills. Loves the game and is of good character.
Darius SlayCBMiss. State6-01924.342
A bit overshadowed by his teammate, Banks, Slay has all the physical tools, including ball skills. Instincts and anticipation can be average at times.

Best of the rest: Jonathan Cyprien, SS, FIU (6-1, 217, 4.58, 2-3); Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, UConn (6-1, 195, 4.45, 2-3); Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State (6-0, 191, 4.51, 2-3); D.J. Swearinger, FS, South Carolina (5-10½, 208, 4.62, 2-3); Robert Alford, CB, SE Louisiana (5-10, 188, 4.35, 3-4); Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers* (5-11, 191, 4.53, 3-4); Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU* (5-8½, 186, 4.51, 4-5).

* — Underclassman

Greg A. Bedard can be reached at gbedard@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @gregabedard.
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