BIO: Played in only six games last season after tearing a ligament in his left knee and finished the campaign with 35/1/2. Posted career numbers as a junior of 81/2/4.
POSITIVES: Tough, run-defending safety best in the box. Physical, breaks down well and a hard-hitting force. Quickly breaks to the play, has a burst of speed and fights to get involved.
NEGATIVES: Struggles in man-to-man coverage, slow-reacting to receivers' moves off the line and does not display good judgment when the ball's in the air. Lacks closing or recovery speed and slow getting to the spot in pass defense.
ANALYSIS: An intimidating force against the run with good size, Earl is best making plays going forward. Has a shot in a zone system where his man-cover responsibilities are kept to a minimum but the knee injury of last season will knock him into the late rounds.