Married. Four of his brothers have played college football, including Brad, a quarterback who was a 2013 seventh-round pick by the Chargers. Prepped in California, where he was a two-way standout who also punted. As a true freshman in 2010, played in 13 games and had 17 tackles, no pass breakups and one interception with 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack as an outside linebacker. Missed the Air Force game with bone spurs in his left ankle. Missed the 2009-10 seasons while doing his LDS mission in Costa Rica. Moved to strong safety on his return in 2011 and logged 61 tackles, six pass breakups and two interceptions with two tackles for loss and a 30-yard interception return against Idaho State in 13 starts. In 2012, he had 68 tackles, five pass breakups and three interceptions with two tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in 13 starts at strong safety. Team leader in pass breakups in 2013 from his safety position, with 65 tackles, 12 pass breakups, two interceptions with four tackles for loss and a blocked field goal against Utah State in 13 starts. Had a concussion against Wisconsin. Team captain.
Good size with above-average straight-line speed. Technically proficient -- has enough toughness and will sacrifice his body. Dependable tackler. Enough range to make some plays on the ball and jump routes. Football is important to him and takes it very seriously. Makes the secondary calls and checks and understands coverages like a coach. Prepares like a pro. Tough, durable, solid producer. Reliable special teams contributor. High school punter capable of handling punts in emergency situations.
Has small hands. Is stiff in the hips and plays a bit flat-footed. Is challenged by elite speed and lacks ideal size to match up against tight ends. Is not a big hitter. Does not possess the top-end speed to range to the sideline and make plays on the ball -- not a true center fielder. Average career production on the ball. Poor leaper. Will be a 24-year-old rookie.
Round 7-Priority free agent
Durable, experienced overachiever with enough range to survive on the back end and enough toughness to drop into the box. Size, linear field speed and football smarts could enable him to make a living as a backup and special-teams contributor.