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TNT draft preview: Defensive backs to consider

Today is the first day Rob Rang, senior draft analyst with, evaluates this year's draft with an eye toward players the Seahawks might consider at each position for each draft round.

Seattle’s struggles defending the pass for the past, two seasons certainly has new head coach Pete Carroll taking a hard look at the back end of the defense. Defensive co-captain Deon Grant has been released, along with his $4 million salary for 2010, leaving Seattle with only two safeties currently on the roster with practice squad player Jamar Adams and first-year starter Jordan Babineaux. So Seattle likely will be looking to add a young safety to the mix.

Could Carroll be considering a certain safety and Seattle native from his past?

And with veteran cornerback Marcus Trufant finishing with a league-high seven pass interference penalties after coming off the PUP list last year, the Seahawks likely will consider adding a young cornerback to the team to create more depth. Josh Wilson and Kelly Jennings continue to improve, and UW product Roy Lewis could be a diamond in the rough, but all three are smaller corners that struggle against the Larry Fitzgeralds and Anquan Boldins in the league.

Rob Rang's defensive backs to considerRound Pick Name

1 (6) Eric Berry, 6-0, 211, Tennessee

Rob's rationale: A natural, instinctive player with experience throughout the secondary. An Ed Reed clone. Highlights

1 (14) Earl Thomas, 5-10, 202, Texas

Rob's rationale: Intercepted eight passes last year at free safety. Athletic enough to consider at CB. Highlights

2 (60) Morgan Burnett, 6-2, 209, Georgia Tech

Rob's rationale: Athletic, rangy centerfielder overshadowed at G-Tech, but a solid 2nd round value. Highlights

4 (104, 127) Myron Lewis, 6-2, 203, Vanderbilt

Rob's rationale: Three-year starting CB in the SEC has the size Carroll likes. Might fit best in NFL at FS. Combine workout

5 (133,139) A.J. Jefferson, 6-0, 192, Fresno State

Rob's rationale: Rare athleticism with good size at CB. Talented kick returner, with 3 TDs over his career. Combine workout

Robert Johnson, 6-2, 203, Utah

Rob's rationale: Lanky centerfielder with big play ability (13 INTs). Surprise non-invite to Combine. Highlights

7 (245) Jon Amaya, 6-1, 203, Nevada

Rob's rationale: Former walk-on who developed into a star. Likely will remain at FS in the NFL, but has starting CB experience. Combine workout