Damarious Randall’s enters first-round discussion

The 2015 NFL Draft is just over 24 hours away and one draft prospect is flying up draft boards at exactly the right time.

As the draft approaches, there is growing belief and speculation that Arizona State Sun Devils safety Damarious Randall will hear his name called at Auditorium Theatre in Chicago during the first round.

Randall is the unquestioned No. 2 safety in the class and he has better ability in pass coverage than top prospect Landon Collins, so teams at the bottom of Round 1 could be looking for a coverage safety that can make an immediate impact on their defense.

Mike Mayock of the NFL Network explained.

“It’s become a pass-first league and he’s by far the best cover safety in college football,” Mayock said of Randall. “He’s gone from a third- or fourth-round Senior Bowl oddity to, I think, a first-round draft pick. I had to get over that a little bit because he’s not as good a tackler or as physical as, say, London Collins of Alabama. But I think he fits the NFL more.

“In today’s pass-first NFL, the kid from Arizona State fits a lot of teams better. In today’s game, where’s the value? The value’s more in the cover safety than in the physical safety.”

When you look at a team like the Philadelphia Eagles, who could desperately use a safety, near the bottom of round one, it’s pretty clear that Randall may not have to wait long to learn where he begin his NFL career.

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