I have focused my eyes on 3 safeties I would like the Boys to look at on draft day. After I show their BIO- I'll tell you who I like. Ko Simpson 6'1 (201) 2005- 72 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 interceptions, 9 pass breakups, 0 forced fumble, 0 Sacks Overview- 1. Ko Simpson has declared for the 2006 NFL Draft as an eligible sophomore. Born 11/9/1983, Simpson is already 22 years old and his physical maturity is a big reason he has been so dominant on the field despite his lack of experience. Simpson a flat-out playmaker and is a big reason South Carolina was able to turn things around this season and make a bowl appearance. In 2004 he burst on the college football stage with 6 picks and another 6 passes defended. He showed great awareness on the field and used outstanding athleticism to make plays. In 2005, he racked up more than 100 tackles for the season and added another pick and 9 passes defended. Opposing defenses paid very close attention to where Simpson was and threw a different direction in most instances. When the QB does throw in his direction, he has very good closing speed and excellent timing on his hits. As a run-stopper, Simpson needs some more work as he is not a solid tackler. He'll be the first one on the scene in most cases, but is generally trying to take the legs out from under the ball-carrier rather than keeping his head up, his feet on the ground, and his arms around the opponent. 2..Simpson is the definition of a ballhawk in the secondary. He just has a nose for the football. He has a great sense of knowing where the action is going to be and gets there quickly. Simpson had seven picks in two seasons from his free safety spot. He is willing to attack the line of scrimmage and help out in run support. He is a very good athlete, with excellent quickness, and the speed to close on plays. Negatives - Doesn't have top end speed, has excelled against weaker competition . Overall- Ko Simpson is a very good safety prospect. He is an all around talent, with a nose for the football. With Jimmy Williams and Michael Huff being corner/safety tweeners, he may be the best true free safety in the draft. His upside may not be quite as high as the typical sophomore because of his age. This is a deep safety class, but he should be taken on Day One, with workouts dictating just how high he goes. Pat Watkins 6'4 (205) 2005- 67 tackles, 1 TFL, 3 interceptions, 5 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble, 0 sacks Overview- 1.Pat Watkins is a lanky safety that has a body perfectly suited for today's super receivers. At 6'4" the first thing you notice about Watkins is his tremendous size and then when you see how fast he can run and move you start to see NFL scouts drool. Watkins is a tremendous force in the passing game with his body and athletic ability as well as his ability to read a QB and put himself in position to make a play. Can stick with pretty much any receiver in college football which is rare for a safety. He does have some difficulty with smurf type receivers but deals with them much better than any safety with his size. Not a huge threat in the run game but is suitable. He is the perfect compliment to a Rodney Harrison type safety. NFL teams will probably want him to play around 215 and he can easily get to that weight by draft time. Due to his ability to excel in the passing game he will most likely play free safety in the NFL and should be one of the first safeties off the board in the 2006 NFL Draft. 2.Playmaker at safety, can read plays superbly and shows great athleticism and hands to get to balls to pick them off. Great height and shows very good speed as well. Prototypical size once he continues to put on muscle. Willing in run support. 3.Watkins is the ideal free safety from a physical standpoint. He has excellent height, athleticism, and quickness. He shows the quickness to break on the ball and the speed to chase down from behind. Watkins is also very tough, and willing to attack the line of scrimmage in run support. He is quick to diagnose the play and is aggressive in run support or going after the ball while it is in the air. Negatives- More lanky than built, but has the frame to continue to add weight. Hasn't faired as well in man coverage, and plays his man with a lot of cushion. Just needs to continue to polish his overall game. The only flaw physically with Watkins is his lack of bulk. He is lanky and will need to get stronger to play in the NFL. More physical wide receivers will be able to outmuscle him for the ball, and when asked to help in run support, he can be taken out of plays. While he was very good in college, he never seemed to take the next step up and dominate like his talent suggests he can. Overall- Watkins is one of the better free safety prospects in the draft because of his talent and the untapped potential he still has. There are a few underclassmen that could push Watkins down the safety board a bit, but he is a fine talent no matter who is in the draft. There is a very good possibility he hears his name called in the third round somewhere. If he goes any lower than that, he has the ability to be a major steal for whoever drafts him. Anthony Smith 5'11 (192) 2005- 50 tackles, 5 TFL, 6 interceptions, 8 pass breakups, 2 forced fumble, 3 sacks Overview- 1.Excellent cover skills. Had an incredible senior season, showing the skills to do everything the positions asks. Willing in run support, a great blitzer, and top notch in coverage. Playmaker who has a knack for creating turnovers. Great special teamer 2.Playmaker who is always around the ball...Very instinctive...A big hitter...Physical and will support the run...Very tough and will play through pain...Smart and like an extra coach on the field...Team leader...Is also a great kick blocker and special teams ace...Experience and has been very productive throughout his career. Negatives- Doesn't have the best physical tools, as he has only average size and strength. Not blazing fast. Can get over-agressive at times. Really broke out in his senior campaign, so has to prove it wasn't just a fluke. Does not have great size...Lacks great range...Only average in coverage...Needs to bulk up and get stronger...Pure speed is below average...Can be too aggressive at times...Provides little as a blitzer...Not as good as his press clippings indicate...Doesn't have a lot of upside or potential due to physical shortcomings. Overall- The type who does everything well but nothing great...Makes up for what he lacks in physical capabilities with top intangibles...Should at the very least be a great backup at the next level and he is the type you never want to underestimate. Ko Simpson 6'1 (201) 2005- 72 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 interceptions, 9 pass breakups, 0 forced fumble, 0 Sacks Pat Watkins 6'4 (205) 2005- 67 tackles, 1 TFL, 3 interceptions, 5 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble, 0 sacks Anthony Smith 5'11 (192) 2005- 50 tackles, 5 TFL, 6 interceptions, 8 pass breakups, 2 forced fumble, 3 sacks My money is on Pat Watkins.