After the initial wave of free agency, everyone seems to agree that the two biggest needs on the Bears roster are safety and defensive tackle. Naturally there has been a lot of discussion about what Emery should do with the #14 overall pick. Now most people tend to be leaning toward DT, but I am thinking back to an /r/nfl thread. How important is an elite safety? Now I approve of Emery's decision to target the defensive line in free agency, it wouldn't matter if we had an elite safety with the state it was in. But Conte, Mundy and Jennings is not a group fit to enter the season with, so Emery will absolutely need to draft a safety. Thinking back to how important an elite safety can be to winning championships, I wanted to know where these players were drafted. So I put together a list of the top 12 safeties of the last decade, and where they were drafted. Note: All Pro selections includes first and second team selections. Ed Reed - FS, #24 draft pick, 8 Time All Pro Brian Dawkins - FS, #61 draft pick, 6 Time All Pro Darren Sharper - FS, #60 draft pick, 6 Time All Pro Troy Polamalu - SS, #16 draft pick, 5 Time All Pro Eric Weddle - FS, #37 draft pick, 4 Time All Pro Adrian Wilson - SS, #64 draft pick, 4 Time All Pro Nick Collins - FS, #51 draft pick, 3 Time All Pro Earl Thomas - FS, #14 draft pick, 3 Time All Pro Jarius Byrd - FS, #42 draft pick, 3 Time All Pro Bob Sanders - SS, #44 draft pick, 2 Time All Pro Antrel Rolle - FS, #8 draft pick, 2 Time All Pro Eric Berry - SS, #5 draft pick, 1 Time All Pro Average Position - 35.5 1st Rounders - 5 2nd Rounders - 6 3rd Rounders - 1 Other - 0 Out of the 12 best safeties of the last decade, all of them were drafted in the three rounds. Adrian Wilson was only two picks away from making them all drafted in the first two rounds! Looking at the success rate of drafting a safety in the first two rounds over the last 10 years, I was blown away by the success rate. 2013 - 1st Kenny Vaccaro, Eric Reid, Matt Elam, 2nd Johnathan Cyprien, D.J. Swearinger 2012 - 1st Mark Barron, Harrison Smith, 2nd Tavon Wilson 2011 - 1st None, 2nd Rahim Moore, Jaiquawn Jarrett 2010 - 1st Eric Berry, Earl Thomas, 2nd Nate Allen, T. J. Ward, Taylor Mays 2009 - 1st None, 2nd Louis Delmas , Patrick Chung , Jairus Byrd, Michael Mitchell, William Moore 2008 - 1st Kenny Phillips, 2nd Tyrell Johnson 2007 - 1st LaRon Landry, Michael Griffin, Brandon Meriweather, 2nd Eric Weddle, Gerald Alexander, Sabby Piscitelli 2006 - 1st Michael Huff, Donte Whitner, Jason Allen, 2nd Daniel Bullocks, Danieal Manning, Roman Harper, Bernard Pollard 2005 - 1st None, 2nd Brodney Pool, Josh Bullocks, Nick Collins 2004 - 1st Sean Taylor, 2nd Bob Sanders, Michael Boulware, Madieu Williams, Sean Jones There were a few duds obviously, but most of them developed into at least solid starters. There averages 4.3 safeties through the first 2 rounds over the last 10 years, so if I am Emery, I am looking at the top 5 or so guys and don't go home without one. Haha Clinton-Dix, Alabama Height: 6-1. Weight: 208. 40 Time: 4.58. Projected Round: 1. Calvin Pryor, Louisville Height: 5-11. Weight: 207. 40 Time: 4.58. Projected Round: 1. Terrence Brooks, Florida State Height: 5-11. Weight: 198. 40 Time: 4.42. Projected Round: 2. Deone Bucannon, Washington State Height: 6-1. Weight: 211. 40 Time: 4.49. Projected Round: 2. Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois Height: 5-11. Weight: 193. 40 Time: 4.59. Projected Round: 2. Credit goes to dmfaber1 from Bears Reddit - http://www.reddit.com/r/CHIBears/comments/20ms62/detailed_look_on_drafting_a_safety/ Thought it was interesting to look at.