Do we finally have enough safeties?
This article hit a nerve with me. Not the article itself, but it seems like the safety position has bled us to death with the endless parade of players we've brought in at the position.
Are we that inept at player personnel evaluation at this position? Or is it just one more "Jerry Angelo problem" that has killed us over the years?
Think of how much better we would be right now if Jerry had "got it right" at safety years ago and spent those draft picks on other positions of need (like oline, CB, LB etc).
NFC North: 2012 NFL hidden treasureExamining a position group that could exceed its preseason expectations: http://assets.espn.go.com/i/teamlogo.../trans/chi.gif
The Chicago Bears
' annual search for long(er)-term answers at safety has turned up some interesting possibilities for 2012.
Rookie Brandon Hardin
, a third-round draft pick, was one of the standouts of offseason practice, in part because of his unusual 6-foot-3 frame. History suggests Hardin will get his starting chance sooner rather than later. Hardin was a cornerback at Oregon State, which can translate well into coverage skills for safeties at the professional level.
Along with Hardin, the Bears have a second-year prospect in Chris Conte
, who made a positive impression last season before suffering a foot injury. Coach Lovie Smith has long been a fan of Major Wright
, and veteran Craig Steltz
hasn't embarrassed anyone in the short stints he has received in recent years.