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Which Safety Do You Want? An Unbiased Look. You Vote.

I’ve taken the evaluations from each of the top 5 safeties from this year’s class (from CBS and NFL), removed their names, and am presenting them. Based on the write-ups would you rather have safety A, B, C, D or E? . . SAFETY "A" STRENGTHS: Prototypical frame Fantastic downhill athlete with quick read-and-react ability He might be the explosive hitter from the safety position in the 2013 draft Possesses the size and athleticism to counter the hybrid receiver/tight ends Accelerates surprisingly well for his length and has good straight-line speed, overall Physical with receivers downfield and plays 50-50 balls well Can play the run and pass Flashes excellent closing speed Gets physical with receivers attempting to block him in the run game Possesses the height, vertical and competitive nature to win jump balls WEAKNESSES: Is a bit stiff in coverage Can be beaten by quicker slot receivers Is a violent hitter, but doesn’t always play in control Can get to overaggressive with his angles COMPARES TO: LaRon Landry / Mark Barron . . SAFETY "B" STRENGTHS: Well-built defender Aggressive playing style and active demeanor Meets the ball carrier with a pop and refuses to let up Good ball skills Shows the ability to extend and snatch the ball out of the air Holds his ground against blocks from bigger opponents Runs through traffic to wrap up ball carriers inside Possesses enough speed and athleticism to cover as a zone defender in the back half and line up against slot receivers Beats receiver blocks Can overpower running back blocks Secure tackler WEAKNESSES: Straight-line speed Doesn’t have elite range / length to be a true centerfielder Takes highly aggressive angles to the ball and consistently tackles ball carriers high Is often a step slow to recognize the pass coming into his area Can be sucked up by play action and will allow plays over the top Lacks elite change of direction and quickness in man coverage, and does not recover well COMPARES TO: Morgan Burnett / Jordan Babineaux . . SAFETY "C" STRENGTHS: Prototypical size and build for the position Possesses a high-cut frame with good overall musculature Shows very good straight-line speed, agility, balance and hip flexibility Athleticism for coverage duties are enhanced by vision and instincts Quickly locates the ball and shows an understanding of route-progression, rarely getting caught out of position Demonstrates a smooth backpedal, hip turn and the burst out of his breaks to stay in the hip pocket of his opponent Highly aggressive run defender Flies to the line in run support, demonstrating a physical pop Can play nickleback Good change of direction ability Physical with receivers trying to block him in the run game, has the strength to rip off and make a stop Solid open-field tackler Gets physical with running backs standing in his way WEAKNESSES: Can get out of control in his aggression toward the line of scrimmage Can fill downhill out of control, losing his leverage on the ball carrier and missing tackles Doesn’t always take good angles Will duck his head in his attempt to make the big hit and leave cut-back lanes open Must do a better job of wrapping up, rather than leading with his shoulder Can get caught watching the backfield in zone coverage, and will bite on play action Hasn't shown the consistency as ball hawk He was reportedly arrested twice One-speed player who lacks burst Is not quite agile or fast enough to stick with better NFL receivers COMPARES TO: Eric Weddle / Morgan Burnett . . SAFETY "D" STRENGTHS: Athletic, instinctive and quite physical Can be a force near the line of scrimmage while also dropping back into coverage as a single-high safety Drops down to cover slot receivers, getting a strong initial jam Shows good vision and anticipation when fighting through blocks near the line of scrimmage Generally a reliable, physical tackler Uses hands to knock away passes at the last moment Gets downfield very quickly as a gunner in punt coverage WEAKNESSES: Seen standing around far too often Tries to make the big hit far too often, lunges, leads with shoulder, or leaves his feet rather than just wrapping up. Will have ugly misses and leave cut-back lanes, attempting to make the big, out of control hit Good, not great lateral agility and can get left grasping at air Waits on screen rather than attacking while ball is getting there Lack of size results in him losing out on 50-50 balls Little urgency to his game Has twice had run-ins with police with alcohol offenses COMPARES TO: Charles Godfrey / Quintin Mikell . . SAFETY "E" STRENGTHS: Versatile defender who plays with the aggression, physicality and competitiveness Physical striker who looks to intimidate opponents with big hits Aggressive use of hands throughout to jam receivers within the first 10 yards A bit stiff when changing directions but shows good acceleration, including a burst to close when the ball is in the air Willing to take on and shed blocks from linemen and shows the vision and burst to race past them Big hitter over the middle on receivers and pounding running backs Good lateral movement to flow with runs from the back half, yet fly into the hole to prevent big runs Has experience at a variety of positions, and lines up against receivers regularly WEAKNESSES: Too stiff to handle coverage of NFL slot receivers for long A tad shorter than scouts would prefer Tendency to grab hold as the route progresses, which will draw penalties in the NFL Highly aggressive tackler who frequently targets the upper chest/head and has drawn penalties for this Hampered by injuries in 2011 and 2012 Might not have the range to make plays and length to take on deep routes in single-high More of an enforcer against receivers than backs Prone to leaving his feet and goes low on tackles (especially in space) Will aggressively jump underneath routes, leaving the deep routes open Gets overly physical with receivers, causing pass interference because he lacks the pure speed to keep up Straddles the line with trash talk and hits through the whistle Will likely get flagged and fined for overly-aggressive play COMPARES TO: Louis Delmas / T.J. Ward

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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