Ball skills separate elite DBs from good

Updated: April 18, 2011, 3:20 PM ET
By Todd McShay

Some defensive backs are consistently able to get into position to break up passes and live to play another down, but the true ballhawks break games open by making the interception.

Ball skills are one of the five position-specific traits we use to evaluate defensive backs, and today's Nickel Package breaks down the 2011 prospects who grade out the highest in that department.

Head to my Twitter page (@McShay13) to voice your opinions on the list and/or tell me who I missed, and keep sending suggestions for a topic to be used for the Nickel Package later this week. Give me your best ideas and I'll credit the follower who sends the most intriguing topic when we post that list.