NFL Combine: Safeties in demand
Is safety now a 'premium' position in the NFL Draft? Matt Bowen
February 25, 2012 Share
ICONNotre Dame's Harrison Smith.
Looking at this from a draft perspective, here are the NFP’s top five players at the safety position:
1. Mark Barron, Alabama
2. George Iloka, Boise State
3. Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State
4. Harrison Smith, Notre Dame
5. Brandon Taylor, LSU
01 Mark Barron SS, Alabama 6-2 218 7.0 T Full Scouting Report 02 George Iloka SS, Boise State 6-3 216 6.8 Full Scouting Report 03 Harrison Smith SS, Notre Dame 6-2 214 6.4 T Full Scouting Report
01 Markelle Martin FS, Oklahoma State 6-1 198 6.8 D Full Scouting Report 02 Brandon Taylor FS, Louisiana State 6-0 195 6.3 X Full Scouting Report
The way I see it, you need two free safeties as part of your base defensive package to counter offensive schemes. Two players that can align in Cover 2, work out of the middle of the field and win in one-on-one situations. And that includes the skill set to play man-coverage (both press and off-man) vs. a Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham.
Techniques that I talked about when breaking down how to grade the safety position based on film study. The same techniques that apply to Lovie Smith’ Cover 2 defense or the pressure packages with Rex Ryan and the Jets.
Does that mean there is a run on safeties towards the end of the first round? I do expect Barron to come off the board, and based off of what I am hearing in Indy, he might not be the only safety to be selected in the first round.
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