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Most mock drafts have the Cowboys taking a corner or a safety in the first round. And the names that keep popping up at safety are Reggie Nelson, Brandon Meriweather and Michael Griffin. So it was convenient to find the following blurb in a SI.com article.

7. Who is the best safety prospect after LaRon Landry?

Reggie Nelson, Michael Griffin and Brandon Meriweather are battling to be the next safety chosen after Landry.

Nelson is a smooth fluid athlete with natural ball skills and awareness. He is ideally suited to be a centerfielder patrolling the middle of the field. He shows up vs. the run, but is most effective as the deep middle player in the Gators' defense.

Griffin is an aggressive, rangy safety with excellent movement skills and instincts. As a fearless hitter, he is most effective as a strong safety, but his athleticism would allow him to slide over to free safety on the next level.

Meriweather is the most versatile of the three. He has played every position in the secondary and his variety of skills makes him a hot commodity as a safety prospect. Not as smooth or polished as the other two candidates, he brings a toughness and aggressiveness that stand out on tape.

All three prospects will upgrade any secondary, but Nelson's athleticism and playmaking skills push him to the top of the class.