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Rank the top safeties (Free safeties and strong safeties together)

besides k, s is the position where a rookie can make the most impact and become a starter now.
Here are the guys I am keeping an eye on draft day:

16 Kenny Vaccaro SS Texas
32 Matt Elam # SS Florida
34 Jonathan Cyprien SS Florida International
46 Eric Reid # FS LSU
64 Phillip Thomas FS Fresno State
71 D.J. Swearinger FS South Carolina
87 Tony Jefferson # FS Oklahoma
99 Josh Evans SS Florida
103 Bacarri Rambo FS Georgia
113 Shamarko Thomas SS Syracuse
115 T.J McDonald FS USC
140 Earl Wolff SS North Carolina State
147 J.J. Wilcox SS Georgia Southern
156 Robert Lester SS Alabama
159 Shawn Williams SS Georgia
189 Cooper Taylor SS Richmond
192 Duke Williams FS Nevada
205 Rashard Hall FS Clemson
218 Duke Williams SS Nevada
220 Rontez Miles FS California (PA)
224 Zeke Motta FS Notre Dame
230 Ray-Ray Armstrong SS Miami
241 Bradley McDougald FS Kansas
243 John Boyett FS Oregon
249 Prentiss Waggner SS Tennessee
266 Jordan Kovacs SS Michigan
278 Darren Thellen FS Massachusetts
291 Vaughn Telemaque FS Miami
292 Jarred Holley FS Pittsburgh
294 Brandan Bishop FS North Carolina State

Some others I am still checking out:


Malcom Bronson FS McNeese State
Daimion Stafford FS Nebraska
Kejuan Riley FS Alabama State
Jahleel Addae SS Central Michigan
Orhian Johnson SS Ohio State
Dexter McCoil FS Tulsa
Nick Moody SS Florida State
Drew Frey SS Cincinnati
Kenny Vaccaro SS
Matt Elam SS
Eric Reid SS
David Amerson FS
Johnathan Cyprien SS
Phillip Thomas FS
Originally posted by EezyNiner:
I think Elam fits our style of play much better though. His tackling impresses me as does his hitting. He would be a great replacement for Whitner.

why on earth would we replace Whitner when we haven't replaced Goldson?
Personally, I like Eric Reid.
  • buck
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Kenny Vaccaro will most likely be a top 20 pick.

Given the depth of the safeties in the draft, I would not trade up for him.
If we were to trade up in the first, I would rather take Dantone Jones or Tavon Austin.

I think we need to have both a free safety and a strong safety with good coverage skills.

Of the free safeties that we should be able to get without trading up, I like Phillip Thomas the most.

Bacarri Rambo has the skill set, but his two suspensions in the last two years present a problem.
Drafting David Amerson and moving him to free safety might be a good move, but apparently he got beat fairly often last year.


At strong safety, I like Johnathan Cyprien, but with all the hype he is getting he might be gone before we pick.

Earl Wolff might a sleeper at strong safety who might be worth taking with a later pick.
[ Edited by buck on Mar 16, 2013 at 9:51 PM ]
Originally posted by ninergold:
besides k, s is the position where a rookie can make the most impact and become a starter now.


really? IMO I think its a hard position to learn. Your going to have a rookie as your last line of defense against the run and pass. I think rookies Safeties are prone to making a lot of dumb mistakes
Originally posted by ChaunceyGardner:
Here are the guys I am keeping an eye on draft day:

16 Kenny Vaccaro SS Texas
32 Matt Elam # SS Florida
34 Jonathan Cyprien SS Florida International
46 Eric Reid # FS LSU
64 Phillip Thomas FS Fresno State
71 D.J. Swearinger FS South Carolina
87 Tony Jefferson # FS Oklahoma
99 Josh Evans SS Florida
103 Bacarri Rambo FS Georgia
113 Shamarko Thomas SS Syracuse
115 T.J McDonald FS USC
140 Earl Wolff SS North Carolina State
147 J.J. Wilcox SS Georgia Southern
156 Robert Lester SS Alabama
159 Shawn Williams SS Georgia
189 Cooper Taylor SS Richmond
192 Duke Williams FS Nevada
205 Rashard Hall FS Clemson
218 Duke Williams SS Nevada
220 Rontez Miles FS California (PA)
224 Zeke Motta FS Notre Dame
230 Ray-Ray Armstrong SS Miami
241 Bradley McDougald FS Kansas
243 John Boyett FS Oregon
249 Prentiss Waggner SS Tennessee
266 Jordan Kovacs SS Michigan
278 Darren Thellen FS Massachusetts
291 Vaughn Telemaque FS Miami
292 Jarred Holley FS Pittsburgh
294 Brandan Bishop FS North Carolina State

Some others I am still checking out:


Malcom Bronson FS McNeese State
Daimion Stafford FS Nebraska
Kejuan Riley FS Alabama State
Jahleel Addae SS Central Michigan
Orhian Johnson SS Ohio State
Dexter McCoil FS Tulsa
Nick Moody SS Florida State
Drew Frey SS Cincinnati

Where did you pull this ranking from?
Originally posted by m_brockalexander:
Originally posted by ChaunceyGardner:
Here are the guys I am keeping an eye on draft day:

16 Kenny Vaccaro SS Texas
32 Matt Elam # SS Florida
34 Jonathan Cyprien SS Florida International
46 Eric Reid # FS LSU
64 Phillip Thomas FS Fresno State
71 D.J. Swearinger FS South Carolina
87 Tony Jefferson # FS Oklahoma
99 Josh Evans SS Florida
103 Bacarri Rambo FS Georgia
113 Shamarko Thomas SS Syracuse
115 T.J McDonald FS USC
140 Earl Wolff SS North Carolina State
147 J.J. Wilcox SS Georgia Southern
156 Robert Lester SS Alabama
159 Shawn Williams SS Georgia
189 Cooper Taylor SS Richmond
192 Duke Williams FS Nevada
205 Rashard Hall FS Clemson
218 Duke Williams SS Nevada
220 Rontez Miles FS California (PA)
224 Zeke Motta FS Notre Dame
230 Ray-Ray Armstrong SS Miami
241 Bradley McDougald FS Kansas
243 John Boyett FS Oregon
249 Prentiss Waggner SS Tennessee
266 Jordan Kovacs SS Michigan
278 Darren Thellen FS Massachusetts
291 Vaughn Telemaque FS Miami
292 Jarred Holley FS Pittsburgh
294 Brandan Bishop FS North Carolina State

Some others I am still checking out:


Malcom Bronson FS McNeese State
Daimion Stafford FS Nebraska
Kejuan Riley FS Alabama State
Jahleel Addae SS Central Michigan
Orhian Johnson SS Ohio State
Dexter McCoil FS Tulsa
Nick Moody SS Florida State
Drew Frey SS Cincinnati

Where did you pull this ranking from?

It's just my own watch list
Originally posted by PTulini:
Personally, I like Eric Reid.

I agree, and think he's the guy we're targeting somewhere in the 2nd
Originally posted by 9erguy:
Originally posted by PTulini:
Personally, I like Eric Reid.

I agree, and think he's the guy we're targeting somewhere in the 2nd

Agreed
Originally posted by SFrush:
Originally posted by 9erguy:
Originally posted by PTulini:
Personally, I like Eric Reid.

I agree, and think he's the guy we're targeting somewhere in the 2nd

Agreed

I would like a combination of Eric Reid and Tony Jefferson in the draft.
I like the idea of getting Amerson and making him a FS.
Gimme these three guys to fix the secondary,

Robert Alford, CB
Phillip Thomas, FS
J.J Wilcox, SS

Secondary Fixed.
Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
6-1 210 pounds Extremely smart. Played FS and SS, played man and zone, Good Run stopper, pass rusher, and is a ball hawk. 82 tackles, 4 sacks. 12 TFL, 8 INT, 3 TD's 5 FF last season alone. Thats after missing the entir 2011 season wit a greusome leg injury. Guy is legit. He was asked to do everything, and often came out on top. Also, Fresno State has a history of playing aweful football against Boise.

IMO he may end up being the best FS in the draft. Tim Mcdonald has this kid ready for the NFL.

Better than his own kid, that's for sure.