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Pre-draft scout survey put Karl Joseph as consensus top safety

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Every year, veteran columnist Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel speaks to a good number of NFL scouts in order to get a feel for the general consensus opinion of various players in the draft. One way to do that is to simply ask each to give him their top five players at each position, then use those results to put together an order.

With those results, we begin with the Raiders top pick, Karl Joseph, where the scout survey put him as the top safety in the draft.

At safety, where 18 scouts participated, Karl Joseph led the way with six firsts and 60 points.

He was followed by Vonn Bell (56, six), [Keanu] Neal (40, three), Darian Thompson (29), T.J. Green (21, one), Cravens (20 ½, one), Killebrew (12), Justin Simmons (nine, one) and Tyvis Powell (five).

Also receiving votes were [Jeremy] Cash (4 ½), Sean Davis (four), Deon Bush (two), Jayron Kearse (two), Jalen Mills (two), Kevin Byard (one), K.J. Dillon (one) and Howard (one).

As for where these players were actually taken, it didn't follow the scout consensus exactly, but not far off.

The next safety off the board after Joseph at 14 was Neal at pick 17 by the Falcons. The next safety didn't come off the board until well into the second round and again it wasn't in the consensus order. Su'A Cravens - who is technically a linebacker - was the next to be chosen. He went to Washington at pick 53. TJ Green was taken at pick 57 by the Colts before Vonn Bell was finally selected by the Saints at pick 61.

Keith Byard and Darian Thompson were taken early in the third and Justin Simmons with the final pick of the third round. All others were third day selections.