DRAFTTEK BIG BOARD - Ranked by Position
Top 2013 Free Safety Prospects
Most Recent Revision:  4/14/2013


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FREE SAFETY


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The Free Safety plays against the weak side of the offensive formation. His responsibilities include:

1) A "center-fielder" is pass coverage, roaming as the last line of defense and reading the offensive play
2) A sure tackler in run support, ensuring that the plays stay in front of him
3) Rotating zone responsibilities, quarterbacking the defense and deciding on double coverage

This diagram shows the FS in a 4-3 alignment. One FS prospect may be selected over another based on the following factors:

A. Prevailing defensive philosophy: The Free Safety is interchangeable with the Strong Safety with many NFL teams as more opponents run a balanced offense, and pass to establish the run. It is no longer just the "two deep" zone teams that utilize interchangeable safeties for coverage. The recent trend to the 3-4 defenses means that an additional inside LB can reduce the responsibility of the SS for run support.

B. Opponent's offensive philosophy: As stated above, more teams run a balanced offense (same number of players on either side of the Center) - utilizing 2 TE's, 2 WR's and 1 RB to put more receivers in the pattern.
DE43 DE34 DT43 DT34 OLB43 OLB34 WILB SILB SS FS CB
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1 (15)   -1 Texas
Kenny Vaccaro
Sr          6'0"          214
#4
2 (46)  +2 LSU
Eric Reid
Jr          6'1"          213
#1
3 (71)  +7 Fresno State
Phillip Thomas
Sr          6'0"          208
#16
4 (89)  +12 South Carolina
D.J. Swearinger
Sr          5'10"          208
#36
5 (95)   -10 Georgia
Bacarri Rambo
Sr          6'0"          211
#18
6 (128)  +10 USC
T.J. McDonald
Sr          6'2"          219
#7
7 (144)   -17 Oklahoma
Tony Jefferson
Jr          5'10"          213
#1
8 (182)   -9 Florida
Josh Evans
Sr          6'1"          207
#9
9 (198)  +15 California (PA)
Rontez Miles
Sr          5'11"          203
#9
10 (219) +167 South Carolina State
Jakar Hamilton
Sr          5'11"          196

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11 (249) -57 Kansas
Bradley McDougald
Sr          6'0"          215
#24
12 (258)   -10 Nebraska
Daimion Stafford
Sr          5'11"          221
#3
13 (299) +101 North Carolina St
Brandan Bishop
Sr          6'2"          210
#30
14 (301)   -3 Clemson
Rashard Hall
Sr          6'1"          210
#31
15 (330)   -71 Oregon
John Boyett
Sr          5'10"          204
#20
16 (332)  +137 Nevada
Duke Williams
Sr          6'0"          190
#5



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