As I mentioned in the Cornerback article, my secondary is pretty strong, even after I traded 2 potential starters in Diggs and McDougald. As with the Cornerbacks I also have one of my starting Safeties going into a contract year and therefore need to add to the group.
Funnily enough the players that I really like all have the ability to also play as LBs.
Jeremy Chinn – 1st – 2nd Round
One of the true 1st round talents who I 100% like. Very good at covering his assignment, area or man. If he misses a tackle he has the make up speed to chase down. Smooth movements and has a lot of comparable similarities to Isaiah Simmons or Derwin James. Rangy player with speed and agility who could line up at WILL on the next level, but would also make a great safety. The only thing is that he does not yet have the football IQ to match his natural talents.
Ashtyn Davis – 2nd – 3rd Round
5 time all american in athletics, mainly track events such as hurdles and 4x100m. It is said that the best athletes are hurdlers. Free safety prospect with good speed and good body build but was a walk on and is still learning the game. Needs to add some weight and doesn’t have the sideline to sideline speed you would hope for
Kyle Dugger – 2nd – 3rd Round
Tackling, speed and athleticism combined in a rare combo, but you can tell that he is still very raw and not up to the NFL standard. He has to prove himself to the highest level of competition. Having watched his tape, the earliest I would draft him is in the 3rd round for natural gifts.
Josh Metellus – 3rd – 5th Round
Projects as a strong safety at the next level. Doesn’t have the sideline to sideline speed of a free safety but tackles exceptionally well in the open field and can also blitz. Downhill player with a mean attitude who may offer some positional versatility as a LB.
Tanner Muse – 3rd – 5th Round
Could either play as a Strong safety or a Will linebacker and has a frame which he could add to. Intelligent and explosive playmaker with good size. Excellent recognition of angles and manages to get around the ball.
JR Reed – 4th – 5th Round
Always around the ball and has arms that go on with big hands. Not the most athletically gifted, although he performed very well in the broad jump. What could push him up boards is his elevated football IQ.
L’Jarius Sneed – 5th Round
Covers the middle of the field really well and makes plays on the ball. Explosive player with above 90th percentile broad/vert/40, and size that could potentially see him switch to CB. DB more adequately describes him than CB or S.