NFL Draft 2013: Defensive Backs Sure to Star in the Pros

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIIFebruary 3, 2013

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 24:  Dee Milliner #28 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after recovering a fumble by the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The 2013 NFL draft is on its way and teams will be looking for defensive backs to help stop the high-octane passing attacks that populate the league. 

Who are the defensive backs guaranteed to be stars in the pros? 

Read on to find out. 


Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Dee Milliner is the consensus best cornerback prospect in the draft and could be selected in the top five.

The 6'1", 199-pound corner had 51 tackles, two interceptions and 18 passes defended.

Milliner is very fast and has the size to match with some of the taller receivers in the game.

Milliner is not on the level of someone like Patrick Peterson or Morris Claiborne, but he is steady and will not make many mistakes. He is ready to start right away and will make a significant impact his rookie year. 

He's one of the best defensive players in the draft and will be a star right away in the pros.


Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

Kenny Vaccaro had a big season for Texas and is primed to be the best safety from this draft class.

Vaccaro was incredibly productive this past season, recording 92 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. 

At 6'1", 215-pounds, he has the size and strength to go against tight ends and the speed to match with receivers.

Vaccaro has the versatility that coaches love—and is a stud on special teams.

As teams look for safeties to help combat the high-octane passing games, Vaccaro will be in high demand and could be selected in the first half of the first round. 


Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

Johnthan Banks is one of the better cornerback prospects in the draft and could be a first-round pick.

He was a rock for the Mississippi State defense, with 63 tackles, four interceptions and seven passes broken up.

Banks also averaged 9.8 yards per punt return.

At 6'2", Banks has great size and could even find himself transitioning to safety.

It's a pass-happy league and Banks brings great versatility to cover a variety of receivers. 

Banks will be a late-first, or early-second-round pick in April's draft. 


Matt Elam, S, Florida

Matt Elam is undersized for a safety, but he was quite productive this season.

Elam was a playmaker for the Gators. He had 76 tackles, four interceptions, nine tackles for loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and five passes broken up this season. 

The one problem facing Elam is that he's small. At only 5'10", bigger receivers will be able to bully Elam.

That said, Elam has tremendous speed and athleticism and will be able to stay with any receiver down the field.

His size will knock him down a bit, but Elam's athleticism and speed will make him a star in the NFL.

Look for Elam to be selected somewhere in the second round.