- Jul 23, 2012
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Seems like there is a good mix to me.
Abram, Rapp, and Gant are, in my opinion, guys you only want in a traditional SS role.
Thompson and Tell are the only guys who I look at and think they had better spend almost all of their time in a FS role.
Adderley, Thornhill, Savage, and Blair all have skillsets and body types that lean a little more towards roles that we tend to associate with FS, but who could be combo safeties.
Hooker is the opposite to me, in that his skillset leans harder towards SS/Slot responsibilities than FS, but you could ostensibly ask him to do anything.
The one guy I see as a true, ideal combo safety is Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. I think he could play slot corner, free safety, strong safety, and dime linebacker at a high level and would be a stellar fit next to Amos. Mike Edwards of Kentucky is, in my opinion, a poor man's version.
Actually I wasn't talking about specific players in this year's draft but that it's easier for rookies in general to have an immediate impact as a box safety compared to lining up at free safety.