Thursday, February 3, 2011

2011 NFL Draft Prospects - Safeties

1 – Deunta Williams (UNC; inj.)
2 – Quinton Carter (Oklahoma)
3 – Rahim Moore (UCLA)
4 – Robert Sands (West Virginia)
5 – DeAndre McDaniel (Clemson)
6 – Tyler Sash (Iowa)
7 – Ahmad Black (Florida)
8 – Jeron Johnson (Boise State)
9 – Jaiquawn Jarrett (Temple)
10 – Jermale Hines (Ohio State)

I love Williams’ range and the way he diagnoses the action in front of him. He has desired size for the position; nice frame with room for a little bulk. Another thing I like about Williams is how he goes all out to create a turnover when the ball is in the air rather than just lay out the receiver. Unfortunately he broke his leg in his bowl game and won’t be able to perform at the Combine. He’s far from a finished product, but I think he’s an ideal FS candidate for the Bucs.....Carter is a really active, physical safety who, like Williams, can handle himself in coverage. He doesn’t look as fluid/smooth when changing direction, but when you watch him play you see how quickly he reacts and closes when the ball is in the air.....Moore isn’t the thickest safety prospect, but he has plus closing speed and covers more ground than any other safety in this class. He lacks upper body strength and is at his best in open space where he can use his speed and quickness to latch onto a ball carrier long enough for fellow defenders to clean up the play. He’ll probably be the first safety chosen, but I worry just a bit about his size.....Sands is a big dude and has a lot of talent for pro coaches to work with. When he learns the position a little more, I think he’s going to be one hell of a playmaker.....At SS, McDaniel and Sash top the list for me. McDaniel is a solid, hard hitter who can make plays on balls in the air. Sash plays with more discipline and instincts but lacks McDaniel’s athleticism.

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