So one year of product only.
Steelers - Polamalu
Ravens - Reed
Buccaneers - Lynch
49ers - Merton Hanks
Patriots - Harrison
There are more examples. The Bucs, 9ers, and Ravens all had superior front 7s...but the jack hammer / coverage ball hawk protecting over the top limited your ability to pass out of stout run defense. We need this. We need another prototype FS or SS. We had one, RIP, and we may not see another one in our lifetimes. They are so important.
A MONSTER at safety. Don't think we'll find it in this draft, but we need to do something.
Last edited by DaGoonie55; December-27th-2012 at 03:57 PM.
A safety is basically a DB who isn't fast enough to play corner. You might get 4 or 5 special ones who are the exception--in twenty years. Same as any other position.
You absolutely do not have to have a Sean Taylor to have an elite defense.
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And in fact, spending a high first round pick on a safety has pretty much been one of the worst things you could do in the draft short of drafting a kicker in the first round.
"John Wall will never be as good as Kyrie Irving was in his first week in the NBA" - David Falk, published February 14, 2013.
2011 - Giants ran a 3 safety defense this season, plus their pass rush was clicking
2010 - Charles Woodson (although this is sort of cheating, he lined up ****ing everywhere for them)
2009 - Darren Sharper
2008 - Polamalu
2007 - Giants, they had 52 sacks that season.
2006 - Bob Sanders (got healthy in time for the playoff run)
2005 - Polamalu
2004 - Rodney Harrison
2003 - Rodney Harrison
2002 - John Lynch
2001 - Lawyer Milloy
2000 - Rod Woodson
I haven't seen a Top 10 picked safety do anything amazing besides Sean Taylor. Some of the others are Michael Huff, Laron Landry, Donte Whitner, and Roy Williams. A solid group, but arguably not even 1st round worthy.
Edit - But honestly, I feel like Meriweather in our defense plus a solid Free Safety (which we lack), plus our pass rush back and healthy could potentially be enough.
Last edited by Alcoholic Zebra; December-27th-2012 at 04:54 PM.
Im liking what I see out of this Ross Cockrell, CB from Duke. Nice size. Great instincts. Has 5 picks for the year (One a pick-six), and 12 PDs to go with it.
I love Lache Seastrunk. That is all.
Just living the dream of a college kid wanting to be something
NFLDraftMonsters.com--- check it
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All things being equal I think its fair to say that S is a luxury position. However, if you don't have adequate Safety playing specifically assignment sound deep coverage its a game changing liability. In that case it goes from being a luxury to a necessity. By addressing the S (specifically FS) position with a higher draft pick it has the possibility of turning a liability into a position of strength.
Last edited by darrelgreenie; December-27th-2012 at 10:15 PM.
If we could trade our 2nd rounder for a 3rd and 4th, I'd love to have a draft that goes like :
3rd ) Micha Hyde CB - IOWA
3rd) Andrew Jackson ILB WKU
4) Brian Winters OT - Kent State - Good ZBS . Alittle small
4) Margus Hunt - DE - SMU (Had a good bowl game but the other games were sub par. ) . Alittle small but room to bulk up. Very Tall and lengthy. RAW
5) Quenerus Smith OLB WKU- Tore his ACL and won't' be able to compete in time . Stock will fall
5) Duke Williams - S Nevada - More of a Strong Saftey than a FS .
6) Marcus Lattimore RB South Carolina - He said he will go pro and while I don't think he will be healthy enough for combine or this season, we could stash him on IR or PUP and he could be a steal...he is expected to go in rounds 5-7.
7) Joe Vellano - DT Maryland - Needs to bulk up and can be stashed on he practice squad.
7) Mychal Rivera TE - Tennesse - I'm not sure if he could be here. Walterfootball has him at a 3-4 rounder but CBS sports has him as a 7 rounder - FA .
If we couldn't trade down, I'd try to take David Amerson or Xavier Rhodes in the 2nd ( Rhodes is probably a round 1 lock) instead of Micah Hyde , and just remove Margus Hunt from the additional 4th round pick.
Separate we are strong, but together we are invincible.
One of the problems with projecting safeties for us in the draft, is that our defense and Shanahan want versatile players. They want the offense trying to figure out which safety is coming down into the box and which isn't. Tanard Jackson and Meriweather fit that. Madieu doesn't.
DL for Rutgers, #95, is completely dominating against VT.
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