Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Originally posted by Gore_21:I'm having a hard time finding a SS that I would want to replace Whitner from day 1. Not a huge fan of Bucannon, Bailey, Loston, Dixon. Phoenix brought up Cody Prewitt but he didn't declare. He would probably have been my first choice great production and great size. Has Reid type size and ability. If you made me pick right now I'd consider Clinton-Dix at the end of the 1st and convert him to SS although he has flaws as well. I'm not sure If I'd rather have him at 30 or Gilbert/Verrett/Matthews/Robinson, etc.
Dixon is my favorite, just because of the upside, but in reality, none of these guys are ready to start from Day 1. Best case scenario is Whitner re-signs for 2 more seasons, allowing a rookie to develop in that time. Not a fan of Bucannon, whereas both Dixon and Bucannon aren't superb in coverage,Dixon at least is a very capable and fundamentally sound tackler.
Jimmie Ward SS 5-11 192
Ward had a very good Senior Bowl. He is the best coverage safety in the draft.
In the last two years, Ward has defended 31 passes--10 picks and 21 passes broken up.
Those are cornerback numbers in pass defense.
He has had 199 tackles--127 solo and 72 assists--with 3.5 tackles for a loss, and two forced fumbles.
He should be available in third, but he is moving up draft boards.
[ Edited by buck on Jan 27, 2014 at 7:58 AM ]