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: March 29, 2007, 07:51:55 PM

From NFL.com: http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/10095914

Safety Awareness



Vic's picks: Top 5 safeties in draft

1. LaRon Landry, LSU

Positives: Size (6-foot-plus, 213 pounds), speed, and athleticism. ... Excellent instincts. ... Able to cover tight ends one-on-one. ... Hard hitter. ... Shows superb anticipation and isn't easily fooled by play fakes or misdirection plays. ... Toughness. ... Competitiveness.

Negatives: Very few, although he will sometimes get too carried away with launching himself at an opponent and fail to make contact.

2. Reggie Nelson, Florida (Underclassman)

Positives: Size (5-11-plus, 198 pounds), speed, and athleticism. ... Can cover tight ends and slot receivers one-on-one. ... Hard hitter. ... Plays with aggressiveness, especially in run support. ... Shows excellent discipline; doesn't bite on play fakes. ... Does a nice job of reading the quarterback. ... Outstanding hands and often comes up with the tough interception.

Negatives: Not many, although he occasionally gets a bit too aggressive when attacking the line of scrimmage against the run.

3. Michael Griffin, Texas

Positives: Size (5-11-plus, 201 pounds), strength, speed, and athleticism ... Excels in man-to-man coverage ... Tremendously hard hitter ... Able to hold up well against larger blockers at the line of scrimmage ... Toughness ... Competitiveness.

Negatives: Needs to develop better instincts to avoid being caught out of position ... Could stand to improve his tackling skills.

4. Brandon Meriweather, Miami (Fla.)
   
Positives: Speed, athleticism. ... Able to cover receivers man-to-man. ... Tremendous instincts. ... Avoids biting on play fakes. ... Excellent hands; can make difficult interceptions. ... Plays with aggressiveness and does a nice job of attacking the line in run support.

Negatives: Doesn't have a great deal of bulk or strength, which limits the impact of his hits and can make him vulnerable against larger ball-carriers. ... Character questions.

5. Aaron Rouse, Virginia Tech

Positives: Size (6-4, 223 pounds), speed, and athleticism. ... Outstanding instincts. ... Avoids being fooled by play fakes. ... Reads quarterbacks well. ... Superb hands. ... Uses height to his advantage in out-jumping receivers and knocking down passes.

Negatives: Sometimes his long legs cause him to take a misstep and he finds himself at a disadvantage in coverage.

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#1 : March 29, 2007, 07:53:48 PM

I'm surprised that Aaron Rouse is rated higher than Eric Weddle.

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#2 : March 29, 2007, 08:10:28 PM

Same here


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#3 : March 29, 2007, 08:13:31 PM

Weddle looks like he will be a great value if he falls.


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#4 : March 29, 2007, 08:18:30 PM

Eric Weddle would be a good pick for us with our 2B pick or our 3rd round pick if he falls into the 3rd round.

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#5 : March 29, 2007, 08:51:14 PM

IMO, all 5 of those guys are rated about the same.  I think this is a great safety class with those 5 guys.

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#6 : March 30, 2007, 02:42:12 AM

now im kinda hoping weddle does get push back a little....to the 64th pick


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#7 : March 30, 2007, 02:13:13 AM

round 2/3 safeties Id take is Weddle, or Sabby Piscadelli.

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