Pompei Safetys

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  1. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    Not sure whats with the William Moore love. Just cut that guy his name was Roy Williams.:laugh1:

    2009 NFL Draft: Dan Pompei's top safeties
    12:26 AM CDT, April 23, 2009
    1. Louis Delmas, Western Michigan

    He is a physical, tough, aggressive safety who reminds scouts of Bob Sanders. He flies around with little regard for his body and strikes the ballcarrier explosively. He has good speed and is aware in coverage, but his value is as a box safety. He is the type of player who can give a defense its identity. He has a balky knee that could affect his draft status, and teams are concerned about his overall durability given his playing style and lack of bulk.

    2. William Moore, Missouri

    His stock went down after a disappointing senior season. But he has the size and speed to develop into a fine pro safety. Moore is a big hitter who does his best work close to the line. Missed assignments and marginal instincts could be an issue with him. He did not have a great Senior Bowl or combine, but he did work out well at his pro day.

    3. Patrick Chung, Oregon

    This is a tough, smart player with decent speed and instincts. He is aggressive, but is not an explosive tackler. He is the type of player and leader who can be a quarterback for the defense. Chung is shorter than ideal and would be utilized best as a strong safety. He can contribute on special teams immediately.

    4. Rashad Johnson, Alabama

    A former walk-on who became a two-time captain, Johnson lacks vertical speed, ideal size and athleticism. But he is an outstanding football player who is like a defensive coordinator on the field. He has good ball skills. He is not a huge hitter, but he doesn't miss many tackles. Johnson makes game-changing plays and makes the players around him better.

    5. Michael Hamlin, Clemson

    He is a four-year starter, but he didn't have a great senior season. He is tall, rangy and tough. He is aware in coverage and he gets a good break on the run. Hamlin is versatile enough to play free or strong. He is average athletically, and better in zone than man-to-man. He plays physically.

    6. Chip Vaughn, Wake Forest

    Vaughn has an NFL body and plays a physical style. He is an inconsistent tackler, however, and he also makes some mental mistakes. Vaughn has excellent speed but is average athletically. This former wide receiver needs to continue to improve his technique, but his potential is considerable.

    7. Courtney Greene, Rutgers

    A solid strong safety prospect, Greene is big, aggressive, tough, and he tackles well. He sometimes plays a little out of control. He has average tools. Greene was a four-year starter but did not have a great senior year.

    8. Chris Clemons, Clemson

    He has great speed, which he showed at the combine, and good size. He is a little bit of a straight-line player, however. Clemons is tough and likes to hit. He would be best at free safety.

    9. Brandon Underwood, Cincinnati

    An Ohio State transfer, Underwood moves well for a 6-1 defender. He has some experience at cornerback and could be considered at that position as well. He is not the biggest hitter.

    10. Darcel McBath, Texas Tech

    This is an athletic safety with quick feet and some ability to cover. He has good ball skills. McBath is a willing hitter who helps in run support.

    11. Sherrod Martin, Troy

    He is a cornerback/safety tweener who could develop into a decent free safety. Martin has range and decent ball skills. He has not shown a great feel for the game and his technique is raw. Martin does not backpedal fluidly. He has worked out well.

    12. Curtis Taylor, Louisiana State

    This is a good athlete with size who can match up with tight ends. He has misplayed some passes and has questionable coverage skills.

    13. David Bruton, Notre Dame

    He didn't play very well, but he has helped himself by working out impressively. He had a great combine and has climbed draft boards since. Bruton does not have great instincts, but he is a willing hitter. He is not very fluid in coverage and will be exposed if asked to play man-to-man. NFL teams like his size, work ethic and leadership ability. He should be a good special teams player.

    14. Troy Nolan, Arizona State

    He has decent size, athletic ability and instincts and has been a very productive player. He can go get the ball and he plays tough. Nolan has questionable speed and did not help himself with a 4.63 40-yard dash at the combine.

    15. Emanuel Cook, South Carolina

    A poor man's Bob Sanders, Cook lacks ideal size (5-9, 197) and speed but is a very aggressive, physical player. He flies around the field with reckless abandon. Coverage is not his strength, and he lacks ideal ball skills.

    16. Glover Quin, New Mexico

    He played cornerback in college but projects to safety in the NFL. Quin had a nice workout to boost his stock. He is aggressive and tough, and he shows good instincts.

    17. Stephen Hodge, Texas Christian

    He played safety in college but some teams are considering him at linebacker because he weighs 234 pounds. He worked out well. Hodge is a big hitter. Some teams fear he isn't quick enough for safety and isn't big enough for linebacker.

    18. Al Afalava, Oregon State

    This is a physical, tough safety at his best in the box. He had a very good workout, showing how explosive he can be. He is mechanical and stiff in coverage, however.

    19. Reshard Langford, Vanderbilt

    A very physical and aggressive player, Langford is a weapon best used close to the line. But he is a bit one-dimensional, and he lacks the range, speed and fluidity to excel in coverage.

    20. Otis Wiley, Michigan State

    Wiley is a good athlete with ball skills who can play up or back, but was inconsistent on tape. He is coming off a knee injury, and durability could be an issue.

    21. Derek Pegues, Mississippi State

    He isn't the biggest or fastest, but he is tough, aggressive and he doesn't get fooled often. Pegues has some ball skills. He helped himself at the Senior Bowl.

    22. Jamarca Sanford, Mississippi

    Sanford is a big hitter who can be a force against the run despite being only 5-9. He has a good motor and is a team leader. In the back end, he takes poor angles and doesn't always read the play well. He is stiff in space.

    23. C.J. Spillman, Marshall

    This is an explosive, athletic player with some striking ability. Spillman did not have a great showing at the East-West Shrine game, and his instincts are questionable.

    24. Lendy Holmes, Oklahoma

    An athletic safety with a good feel for zones, Holmes can play free safety and might be able to contribute in spots as a corner. He is not very physical and is not the best tackler. He has not worked out well at all.

    25. Anthony Scirrotto, Penn State

    He is smart, tough and industrious enough to make a roster and find a way to contribute. He is a solid tackler. Scirrotto has been a leader and a producer. However, he is undersized and lacks ideal play strength.
  2. RS12

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    After last year a guy who does not miss tackles would be a nice addition.:)
  3. BAT

    BAT Mr. Fixit

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    The best secure tackling safety in this draft class is actually Pat Chung.

    I think Al Afalava is underrated. He was a Pac-10 honorable mention, no small honor in a division stocked w/blue chip safeties (Taylor Mays, Pat Chung).
  4. Shinywalrus

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    Because they're both big and tackle hard?

    People need to lay off the mock drafts and actually watch games. William Moore's occasional weakness in coverage was a function of injuries, marginal play recognition and excessive aggressiveness, which are potentially fixable problems and ones many safeties have coming out of school. Roy Williams was simply too lethargic, too slow to react to plays and too easily distracted out of position...and had he started and been developed in our current system, RW could probably have been serviceable as well.

    I swear, a guy plays on a sprained ankle for a half a season, hits like a ton of bricks, covers better than most SS prospects and because some draft website got it in his head that he's "slow", now the guy's Roy Williams?

    At some point here before Saturday, could we start cheering for safeties by something besides their 40-times, perhaps? :)

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