that's a spot on post..
[quote=Shinywalrus;4978007]I find that safeties are never exciting in the draft these days.
These days, any safety with exceptional speed is more likely to play the more glamorous and lucrative corner position. Any safety without exceptional speed is likely to have knocks on him, that he doesn't have optimal closing speed, that he's more of a thumper, etc.
When you look at the successful safeties, that always ends up being a knock. Jairus Byrd didn't have the straightline speed to be a centerfielder. Eric Weddle had arms that were too short and didn't have the instincts to be a ball-hawk; he also wasn't nearly strong enough to play effectively in the box. The Browns were killed in the press for the TJ Ward pick, having selected a guy who didn't have the explosion or ball skills to play the centerfield and who couldn't disengage from blocks.
...shinywalrus..it's a money thing and a coaching thing as well IMO. Not too many good college defensive coaches anymore teaching that position properly. Maybe 10 in the country : TOPS.