YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- S Rankings

  • Back in the 1970’s, the safety was simply not as important a position as it is today.  Safeties then were normally either washed up corners, or a slower cornerback.  Then Ronnie Lott came along and transformed the position to what it is today.  Here are the traits of an effective safety in the NFL.
  • Instincts- Anticipating a run or pass, knowing where the ball is at all times and beating the opponent to the spot.
  • Range- Playing the deep-halves and adjusting to vertical receivers, close in quickly, taking the proper angles, reading the quarterback’s eyes, man-up in the slot 1 on 1 and tracking down the running backs out of the backfield.
  • Tackling- The safety is the last line of defense so tackling is crucial, securing tackles in the open field, filling the alley in run-support, laying the lumber to intimidate receivers going over the middle.

FS Rankings

(Ed Reed)

  1. Ed Reed (9)
  2. Nick Collins (8)
  3. Brian Dawkins (8)
  4. Antoine Bethea (7.75)
  5. O.J. Atogwe (7.5)
  6. Antrell Rolle (7.5)
  7. Darren Sharper (7.5)
  8. Kerry Rhodes (7.5)
  9. LaRon Landry (7.25)
  10. Jairus Byrd (7.25)
  11. Louis Delmas (7.25)
  12. Eric Berry (7.25)
  13. Tanard Jackson (7.25)
  14. Michael Griffin (7.25)
  15. Thomas Decoud (7.25)
  16. Ryan Clark (7.25)
  17. Eric Weddle (7.25)
  18. Earl Thomas (7.25)
  19. Dashon Goldson (7.25)
  20. Charles Godfrey (7)
  21. Madieu Williams (7)
  22. Michael Huff (7)
  23. Reggie Nelson (7)
  24. Nate Allen (7)
  25. Brodney Pool (7)
  26. Chris Crocker (7)
  27. Eugene Wilson (7)
  28. James Sanders (7)
  29. Josh Bullocks (7)
  30. Alan Ball (6.75)
  31. T.J. Ward (6.75)
  32. Tyrone Culler (6.75)

SS Rankings

(Troy Polamalu)

  1. Troy Polamalu (9)
  2. Adrian Wilson (8.75)
  3. Bob Sanders (8)
  4. Brandon Meriweather (7.5)
  5. Yeremiah Bell (7.5)
  6. Bernard Pollard (7.5)
  7. Chris Hope (7.5)
  8. Quinton Mikell (7.25)
  9. Kenny Phillips (7.25)
  10. Dawan Landry (7.25)
  11. Jim Leonhard (7.25)
  12. Tyvon Branch (7)
  13. Roman Harper (7)
  14. Atari Bigby (7)
  15. George Wilson (7)
  16. Gerald Sensabaugh (7)
  17. Ko Simpson (7)
  18. Gerald Alexander (7)
  19. Erik Coleman (7)
  20. Jarrad Page (7)
  21. Michael Lewis (7)
  22. Tyrell Johnson (7)
  23. Abram Elam (7)
  24. Roy Williams (7)
  25. Jordan Babineaux (7)
  26. Renaldo Hill (7)
  27. Kevin Ellison (7)
  28. Sean Jones (7)
  29. Chris Harris (7)
  30. Reed Doughty (6.75)
  31. James Butler (6.75)
  32. Sherrod Martin (6.75)
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