2024 Defensive Backs


Oct 31, 2009
Last season only Two DB's were selected in the '24 NFL Draft...but BOTH went in the 2nd Round!!
Corner Back Cooper Dejean (Iowa/ Eagles 40th overall) & Cole Bishop (Utah/ Bills 59th)
.........Dejean was the highest white Corner Back taken since Brian Davis-Nebraska 1987/ 30th pick 2nd Round (back when NFL had only 28 teams)
/ Tory Nixon 1985 /33rd pick; Jason Sehorn 1994 / 2nd Round 59th pick) are a few others higher picks; Dustin Fox 2005 (3rd Round/80th) was moved to Safety
Dejean's team mate at Iowa Riley Moss was 2023 Draft was the first White CB taken in the NFL Draft (3rd / 83rd Broncos)

This '24 season looks to have "more depth" . Hunter Wohler should be a Day 2 NFL Draft pick; But would like to see more DB's than just TWO like this year;(but they were BOTH heavy hitters) How many NFL Drafts in the past have had ZERO White DBs Drafted at all?? Or just One??
Would like to see an average of at least 5!!

Interesting that 3 of the 10 DBs shown wear the number #17

Hunter Wohler (Sr.) 6'-2" 215 Wisconsin
1st Team All-Big Ten (AP), Led the Badgers and all Big Ten DB's with 120 total tackles, most for a Badger DB since 1991.
was the only DB in the country to have 110+ tackles and multiple interceptions … totaled 74 solo tackles, the most of any DB in the nation!

Dillon Thieneman (Soph.) 6'-0 205 Purdue
2023 Freshman All American ; started in all 12 games! Ranked 3rd nationally in INT's (6) & solo tackles (74), leading all freshmen and setting new Purdue freshman records ; Led the team with 106 tackles, ranking fifth in the Big Ten among all players and the most by any freshman in the country
Athlon's Pre-Season 1st Team All Big 10 ; 2nd Team All American!

Jack Howell (Sr.) 6'- 0 200 Colorado State
Last year 1st Team All-Mountain West • Bronko Nagurski ; Chuck Bednarik & Jim Thorpe Award Watch List
Led the team in tackles with 114, including 50 solo stops • Finished 2nd in the Mountain West in total tackles
Dad John won Super Bowl with Tampa Bay Bucs
Forms a Talented Safety duo with heavy hitting Henry Blackburn shown #11 (Grad.) 6'-0 205

Quinn Schulte (Grad.) 6'-1" 209 Iowa
Former WALK-ON is a Lott IMPACT Trophy candidate… Athlon preseason 2nd team All-Big Ten.
Started at Free Safety in all 14 games… recorded 65 tackles (40 solo, 25 assists), including 2.5 tackles for a loss of nine yards, ranked 4th on team this season… also had 1 INT for 39 yards, 4 pass break-ups on the season…

Hudson Clark (Sr.) 6'-2" 190 Arkansas
Former WALK-ON Corner Back; now a Free Safety
2024 Reese’s Senior Bowl Watch List
Last season 1st Team Academic All-America
Recorded 51 tackles with a career-best 4.5 tackles for loss, 4 PBU's; one fumble recovery, a half sack ; 5 career INTs
Redshirt Freshman(Covid) year had an incredible 3 INT game vs Ole Miss at CB

Dan Jackson (Sr.) 6.- 1" 190 Georgia
Former WALK ON ; Missed some time due to Foot Injury
Projected Starting " Strong Safety " enters Senior season w 73 tackles ; 2 Forced Fumbles ; 2 INTs ; 2 Pass deflections

Isaac Gifford (Sr.) 6 '- 1" 205 Nebraska
2023 started all 12 games; led team with a career-high 86 tackles, becoming the first Husker DB to have 80 tackles in a season since Nathan Gerry in 2014; also ranked 2nd on the team with a career-high 8 pass breakups and finished with a career-high 6.5 tackles for loss and one interception.
An honorable-mention All-Big Ten pick
Older brother Luke plays in the NFL

Justin Barron (Sr.) 6'-4" 231 Syracuse
Converted WR is one of the largest DB's in the nation! 34 career Starts
Enters the 2024 season ranked 15th in program history for tackles by a DB (201) , 10.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 11 pass breakups, 1 INT, 3 forced fumbles & 2 fumble recoveries
...Team captain during training camp played the majority of this past season with an injury that required him to wear a cast when he played.

Nate Ritchie (Soph.) 6'-2" 208 Utah
Projected Starting Strong Safety to take over for Cole Bishop mentioned above ..
made 3 starts last season ;Tied a career-high with 7 stops (0.5 TFL) vs. Northwestern in the Las Vegas Bowl. Contributed an 8 -yard sack ; 4 tackles vs. Cal.
2020: Started all 5 games as a TRUE Freshman during COVID shortened season; then went on 2 year Mission
Led the secondary with 28 total tackles (4.0 TFL, 1.0 sack), adding one fumble recovery and a pass breakup. Career-high seven tackles against Washington. Six tackles (1.0 TFL, 1.0 sack) against No. 21 Colorado, also recovering a fumble in the game … five tackles (1.0 TFL against Oregon State and USC Five tackles (1.0 TFL) and a pass breakup against Washington State.
Dad played at BYU
2020 pic with Wazzu RB Max Borghi

Did not include talented Iowa CB Sebastian Castro considered Latino? He's a caste buster too....

Should have more posted in the coming days and weeks! Happy 4th!
Made a list of 37 DBs..this was the "10 " that came up first........


Oct 31, 2009
Thanks for the encouraging words y'all !

Here's some more talented DB's across the land in no particular order.

Scottie Edwards (Jr.) 6'-1" 205 Stanford
Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll
Started 10 games ; before missing the final two games
Tied for the team lead 2 INTs ; Finished season with 45 tackles
From Utah

Wyett Ekeler (Sr.) 5'- 11" 200 Wyoming
Free Safety Honorable Mention All-MWC by the coaches & media ; 3rd team Phil Steele.
3rd on team 77 tackles; 49 solo stops & 28 assisted tackles. 5.5 TFL's ; 2 Sacks. 2 INTs one for TD vs. Nevada. Tied for team lead 7 PBU's; 2 forced fumbles ; recovered one fumble.
Starred as RB in HS, rushing for 1,435 yards and 22 TDs as a senior. Yet, the Cowboys viewed him as a DB — even though he virtually hadn’t played defense before — and Ekeler met the challenge head-on.
Younger 1/2 brother of RB Austin Ekeler

Beau Freyler (Sr.) 6'-2" 220 Iowa State
Co-Captain (2023) ; 2nd Team All-Big 12 - Associated Press (2023)
Last season Started all 13 games, running his consecutive games started streak to 22 games ... finished with 107 tackles, becoming the first Cyclone to reach 100 tackles in a season since 2017 ... tied for fourth among Big 12 players for tackles .. 4.0 TFL 's & 1 Sack ... led ISU in tackles in 9 of 13 games ... posted 5 games with 10-plus tackles ; 3 INTs ; 5 PBU's ... matched career high with 15 tackles vs. K-State

Cole Batson (RS Jr.) 6'- 4" 208 Boston College
Started 8 games at Free Safety ;played in 10 total games before missing final 3 due to injury… collected 37 tackles ; INT ; 2 PBUs on the season…From southern California ; only White player on the BC Defense

Jack Henderson (Sr.) 6'-2" 215 Minnesota...former FCS Transfer from SE Louisiana
Started 7 games and still LED TEAM in Tackles with 59 ! added 5 TFL's , 1 Sack, 2 INTs & 1 PBU
Also standout LaCrosse player; has NFL potential

Coleman Bryson (RS Soph.) 6'-2 " 215 Minnesota
2023 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in 13 games • saw most of his action on special teams, but played more on defense toward the end of the season ; Redshirt season had a 70 yard TD INT vs Syracuse in 2022 Pinstripe Bowl to earn MVP honors
From Georgia

Nick Andersen (Jr.) 5'-11" 194 Wake Forest
Former WALK ON ...All ACC 3rd team as a True Freshman 2020 w 4 INTs (8th Nationally in Covid year) ; Not sure he's been the same since missing '22 season due to Injury
Early Mock NFL Draft in '23 had em going 5th Round to Bears

Bryson Shaw (Sr.) 6'- 0 190 former Ohio State Transfer
Now listed 2nd team; despite being 4th on the team in Tackles last year ; a UCLA transfer wit dat upside is listed #1 ahead of Shaw according to the dweeb experts