ProfootballWeekly: Draft Dose:Who Needs a Safety

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    Draft Dose: Who needs a safety?.
    About the Author Alex Mayster
    Editorial assistant
    .By Alex Mayster
    The safety position is often the last line of defense in the NFL. Not only are these players responsible for making sure no one gets behind them, but with the complexity of current-day NFL defenses, many are expected to protect against the run, as well. Players like Troy Polamalu and Ed Reed have shown how elite safeties can change the game, while it is no secret how badly a poor secondary can hurt a defense. In the 28th installment of the Draft Dose series, PFW takes a look at five teams who need help at the safety position:

    The Broncos have a pair of veteran safeties in FS Brian Dawkins and SS Renaldo Hill, but will look to get younger in the secondary by adding another player to the mix. Both in their 30s, Dawkins and Hill have a combined 25 years of service in the league. As important as experience is, both are past their prime and seem to have lost both speed and playmaking ability. S Darcel McBath was taken in the second round of the 2009 draft to provide depth at the position, but a series of injuries have kept him from reaching his full potential. With one of the league's oldest secondaries, expect the Broncos to take a safety in the middle rounds of the draft.

    Jerry Jones might be looking for two safeties before the next football season begins. Gerald Sensabaugh has started 29 games for the Cowboys over the past two seasons, but the potential free agent is not expected to return. Alan Ball was a 16-game starter opposite Sensabaugh last season, but might become a backup if Dallas can acquire more talent at the position. It is still not known what type of defense the Cowboys will run next season, so determining which type of player to bring in is difficult at this point. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, a fourth-round pick in ’10, could compete for a starting spot.

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