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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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