USA TODAY Sports’ Robert Klemko and the National Football Post’s director of college scouting Wes Bunting break down the top defensive backs:

CB Morris Claiborne, LSU

Height: 6-0. Weight: 185. Scouting report: Initially a wide receiver, Claiborne has excellent ball skills, ability to be effective in man and zone coverage and willingnes­s to make contact in run support.

Bunting’s take: “Showcases the footwork, balance and quick-twitch ability of a much smaller corner.”

CB Dre Kirkpatric­k, Alabama

Height: 6-3. Weight: 192. Scouting report: An extremely physical player with ideal size, but character questions emerged with a recent arrest involving marijuana.

Bunting’s take: “Will be an ideal zone corner at the next level because of his size, instincts and physicalit­y.”

CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina

Height: 6-1. Weight: 193. Scouting report: A starter in 40 consecutiv­e games, Gilmore was a vocal leader hailed as a student of the game.

Bunting’s take: “Should be able to fight for a starting role during his rookie year in more of a zone scheme.”

SS Mark Barron, Alabama

Height: 6-2. Weight: 218. Scouting report: Barron has the instincts for zone coverage but was not asked to cover receivers man to man.

Bunting’s take: “Won’t be a major threat turning and tracking the football, but his improved instincts make me think he can start in the league early.”

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Morris Claiborne: LSU Tigers.

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