The Philadelphia Eagles may have signed Malcolm Jenkins, but there is still a need to add depth at the safety position. Nate Allen played better last year (although some failed to see this), but Earl Wolff was slowed by injuries almost all season. The Eagles have lacked a game-changer at the position since Brian Dawkins left, so getting back to that style of defense should be a priority.
Here are cover32’s top 10 safeties in the 2014 NFL draft.
1. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Alabama)
2. Jimmie Ward (Northern Illinois)
3. Calvin Pryor (Louisville)
4. Terrence Brooks (Florida State)
5. Deone Bucannon (Washington State)
6. Dion Bailey (USC)
7. Craig Loston (LSU)
8. Ed Reynolds (Stanford)
9. Kenny Ladler (Vanderbilt)
10. Brock Vereern (Minnesota)
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is probably the only prospect of the group that looks like he’ll be gone when the Eagles pick at No. 22. I’m very surprised to see Jimmie Ward ranked as high as he is, considering he’s not a very big player nor does he have that great of ball skills. To me, Calvin Pryor is the second-bast safety next to Clinton-Dix. After that, the field is pretty wide open.
Keep an eye on Washington State’s Deone Bucannon. The Eagles have visited with him previously, and have even hosted him for a private workout. Bucannon still needs some work against the pass, but he’s a heavy hitter who sets the ton on defense. He would be a good option for the Eagles in the second round.
As always, be sure to head over to cover32’s home page for in-depth analysis on each player listed above.