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2012 NFL Draft Preview: Defensive Backs

Posted Mar 10, 2012

Take a closer look at some of the top defensive back prospects as the 2012 NFL Draft approaches.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- In the weeks leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft, DenverBroncos.com is taking a look at the draft prospects position-by-position.

We will devote a week to each group, looking back at some of the Broncos' previous picks at the position and showcasing some of the top prospects through top stories, blogs and Broncos TV videos.

Second in the nine-part series: defensive backs.

Below you will find six of the top prospects at the cornerback and safety positions. Later in the week, we will profile another player to keep an eye on -- Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith.

TOP PROSPECTS AT THE POSITION:

MARK BARRON
• POSITION: Safety
• COLLEGE: Alabama
• HEIGHT: 6'1"
• WEIGHT: 213
On how playing in an NFL-style defense at Alabama has prepared him for the NFL:
"That’s something I knew when I first went to 'Bama is we had a complex defense and an NFL-type scheme. Going into it, I knew it was going to prepare me for the next level. Actually, that was one of the reasons why I wanted to go to Alabama. I feel like that has prepared me for the next level."
Player
MORRIS CLAIBORNE
Player • POSITION: Cornerback
• COLLEGE: LSU
• HEIGHT: 5'11"
• WEIGHT: 188
On what he hopes to contribute to an NFL team next season:
"If I'm lucky enough to get picked by a team, my job is to come in and try to make the team better. That's what I'm going to do. I'm going to work and try to make the team better."
ALFONZO DENNARD
• POSITION: Cornerback
• COLLEGE: Nebraska
• HEIGHT: 5'10"
• WEIGHT: 204
On what sets him apart from other cornerbacks in the draft:
"My pressing ability. Once I get my hands on a receiver, I feel like they are done."
Player
JAMELL FLEMING
Player • POSITION: Cornerback
• COLLEGE: Oklahoma
• HEIGHT: 5'11"
• WEIGHT: 206
On what his biggest area of improvement needs to be:
"My footwork. Just keep moving my feet. Don’t get dead feet. I am fast, quick and all that. Just got to keep them going"
TRUMAINE JOHNSON
Player • POSITION: Cornerback
• COLLEGE: Montana
• HEIGHT: 6'2"
• WEIGHT: 204
On saying that he would play anywhere on the field that a team asks him to:
"When I say anything on the field, I mean, water boy, I mean receiver, cornerback, safety, lineman, whatever you need me to do I’m going to do it."
DRE KIRKPATRICK
• POSITION: Cornerback
• COLLEGE: Alabama
• HEIGHT: 6'2"
• WEIGHT: 186
On the toughest receiver he had to go against in his college career?
“I would say (former teammate and current Atlanta Falcons WR) Julio (Jones). Every day we went at it every day hard just to make each other better.”
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