Using CBS sports prospect rankings, here are the prospects by position by round.

Rankings 1-32, 33-64, 65-96, 96-128 are the breakdowns for rounds 1,2,3,4 respectively.

Also, there is generally a differentiation for Safeties between Strong Safety and Free Safety. FS need to be able to cover more ground and SS need to be good tacklers. Keep in mind last year that Chung was our SS and Allen/Wolf was our FS FWIW.
CBS Sports does not differentiate 34 DT, DE and OLB's from 43's. I used Draftek who does a good job at doing that.

For the DT, DE, and OLB, the number in ( )'s is the total for that position, while the number listed is for 34 types only.

I did only four rounds because the odds are very long of getting a significant contributor lower than that. Really, you should prolly only look at those in rounds three or higher.

Also, keep in mind that last year, 15 of 32 teams played 34 defense. So about half the teams will be going after our 34 picks as opposed to possibly all teams being compatible with the other positions.


POS...1st...2nd....3rd.....4th....TOT
WR......5......5......4........4.......18
CB.......2......5......6........5.......18
OLB34..5......3......2........2.......12 (12)
DE34....1......0......0........1........2 (12)
DT34....2......2......0........1........5 (12)
OG.......1......2......2........1........6
FS........2......1......0........2........5
SS........0......0......2........0........2

Note that many times 43DE's are projected as 34 OLB's and vice versa. The way to look at the OLB and DE spots is that there are a total of 24 with top four round grades of which 14 can play either 34DE or 34 OLB.

As for the safety spot, Allen is a poor tackler and would not translate to SS IMO. Wolf, although he played FS, is a good enough tackler to handle the SS. If you say we need a SS, then Free Agency is the way we need to go to fill that spot as there are slim pickings in the draft.

However, with the 3-4 defense, the extra ILB takes some of the tackling responsibility away from the SS in a 4-3, so the safeties in a 3-4 are more interchangeable than they would be in a 4-3. Also, teams being more pass heavy in today's NFL, puts more on coverage than in the past, so it may be possible to go with two FS's and make them work.

FWIW, Earl Wolff came out as a SS prospect (and not a high one at that!). He was ranked the 13th best SS by Draftek and the 15th best by NFL.com last year. so it wasn't like we drafted a prospect who was expected to do much which is probably why he wasn't the no brainer starter. A higher pedigree draft pick at those spots may make Chung and Allen go away real quick. If the 15th best is so close to their talent, how would a higher pick compare?

With that draft depth at CB and WR, we will definitely get one of those two in the first three rounds, if not both.