BearsBeat.com 2009 Draft Board: Safeties

April 19th, 2009 - 12:00 am

Here’s a look at how I feel about the 2009 safety prospects. Cornerbacks and safeties may be used interchangeably due to uncertainty of which position the prospect will play in the NFL. The order may change as draft day nears.

1. Louis Delmas – Western Michigan
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 197 | 40-time: 4.53
What I like about him: Was a four-year starter and is a natural athlete. Has good hitting ability. Solid in run support. Good agility and change of direction.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have a thick frame. Faced inferior competition. Bites on playaction and has had durability issues.

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2. Rashad Johnson – Alabama
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 187 | 40-time: 4.53
What I like about him: Has good instincts and takes proper angles on the ball. Good ball skills and can read and react quickly.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have ideal size and struggles moving through traffic. Doesn’t have strength on contact and doesn’t finish off tackles well.

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3. Patrick Chung – Oregon
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 210 | 40-time: 4.54
What I like about him: Plays with toughness and awareness and fills the box quickly. Has good instincts and reads the quarterback well.
What I don’t like about him: Isn’t a ball hawk and doesn’t have great range. Doesn’t tackle aggressively and can sometimes be late to the pile.

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4. William Moore – Missouri
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 223 | 40-time: 4.50
What I like about him: Great size and versatility, having played both safety positions. He can play well against both the pass and the run.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have great instincts or football intelligence. Average recognition skills. Misses too many tackles.

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5. Kevin Ellison – Southern California
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 230 | 40-time: 4.85
What I like about him: A try-hard type of player who is aggressive and possesses good instincts. Smart player that can position his teammates in the right place.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have good foot speed and struggles in man coverage. Has had durability issues.

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6. Darcel McBath – Texas Tech
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 196 | 40-time: 4.55
What I like about him: Possesses a good combination of size, speed, and athleticism. Plays downhill and has good instincts and leadership ability.
What I don’t like about him: Needs to improve his run support and is often caught by playaction. Needs to add bulk and play more physically.

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7. Chip Vaughn – Wake Forest
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 215 | 40-time: 4.51
What I like about him: Solid athlete with ideal size and straight-line speed. Played well on special teams. Good body control and change of direction.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have natural instincts and needs to improve in run support. Had only three career interceptions despite being recruited as a receiver.

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8. Michael Hamlin – Clemson
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 205 | 40-time: 4.58
What I like about him: He’s got good height, body length, and solid hands. He’s good in run support and plays with anticipation. Good work ethic and leadership skills.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have top-end speed or quickness. Lacks acceleration and will struggle in man-to-man coverage.


9. Emanuel Cook – South Carolina
Height: 5-10 | Weight: 214 | 40-time: 4.66
What I like about him: Great athletic ability and he’s good in both pass coverage and run support. Can cover tight ends as well as help with receivers over the top.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have ideal size and may struggle against quick slot receivers. Character could be a concern.


10. Curtis Taylor – Louisiana State
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 208 | 40-time: 4.55
What I like about him: Great speed and can track down running backs from behind. Has good size, natural hands, and leaping ability.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t always take proper angles. Needs to improve his toughness. Doesn’t have great fluidity.


11. Nic Harris – Oklahoma
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 233 | 40-time: 4.70
What I like about him: Excellent size and good instincts. Reads the quarterback well and reacts to passes thrown in front of him. Good timing on blitzes.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have great foot speed or fluidity in his hips. Doesn’t play physical.


12. David Bruton – Notre Dame
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 180 | 40-time: 4.46
What I like about him: Has ideal size and fills the box well. Good deep zone coverage and closing speed. Was a team captain with good work habits and leadership skills.
What I don’t like about him: Lacks fluidity and change of direction ability. Too high while backpedaling. Doesn’t have great read-and-react ability.


13. Troy Nolan – Arizona State
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 204 | 40-time: 4.64
What I like about him: Good size and ball-hawking ability. Decent athleticism and has big-play ability. Good leadership and production in college.
What I don’t like about him: Lacks ideal strength and doesn’t play strong. Lacks consistency and misses tackles. Often takes bad angles due to aggressiveness.


14. Derek Pegues – Mississippi State
Height: 5-10 | Weight: 196 | 40-time: 4.56
What I like about him: Versatile player who played both cornerback and safety as well as returned kicks. Excellent athlete with good hands and ball skills.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have ideal size. Struggles in man-to-man coverage. Character could be a concern.


15. Courtney Greene – Rutgers
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 211 | 40-time: 4.54
What I like about him: Has good size and experience. Shows a willingness to deliver hits. He’s a tough player who has played through injuries.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t always show good wrap-up technique on tackles while trying to deliver a big hit. Takes too long to accelerate. Only has average cover skills.


Others:
Al Afalava – Oregon State
Anthony Scirrotto – Penn State
Bryan Williams – Akron
C.J. Spillman – Marshall
Chris Clemons – Clemson
Dahna Deleston – Connecticut
Eric Thatcher – Pittsburgh
Glover Quin – New Mexico
Jamarca Sanford – Mississippi
Justin Garrett – Missouri
Kevin Fitzhugh – Mississippi State
LaDarius Webb – Nicholls State
Lendy Holmes – Oklahoma
Marcus McClinton – Kentucky
Otis Wiley – Michigan State
Randy Phillips – Miami
Reshard Langford – Vanderbilt
Stephen Hodge – Texas Christian
Trimane Goddard – North Carolina
Uche Anyanwu – Nevada