9. Jayron Kearse, Clemson
At 6’4”, 216 pounds, former Clemson product Jayron Kearse has freakish size for the safety position. With his length and overall athleticism, Kearse had several bright moments during his final season with the Tigers, as he accumulated 62 combined tackles, one interception, and 6.5 tackles for loss in 15 games.
Kearse has all of the tools necessary to dominate at the next level, but his lack of effort and unwillingness to remain aggressive in the box has scouts questioning his desire for the game. Also, Kearse lacks ideal acceleration to effectively break on the ball in coverage.
If he is willing to put in the work to develop at the next level, Kearse could develop into a star with Oakland at free safety, but his boom-or-bust potential should keep him on the board through Day 2 of the draft.