DRAFTTEK BIG BOARD - Ranked by Position
Top 2012 Free Safety Prospects
Most Recent Revision:  4/27/2012


QB Center OG LOT ROT TE RBF RBC WRF WRP WRS FB
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 (20)  +5 Alabama
Dre Kirkpatrick
Jr          6'2"          186
#21
2 (61)   -8 Oklahoma State
Markelle Martin
Sr          6'1"          207
#10
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3 (72) +20 Montana
Trumaine Johnson
Sr          6'2"          204
#2
4 (86)  +14 Boise State
George Iloka
Sr          6'4"          225
#8
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5 (120)   -2 Michigan State
Trenton Robinson
Sr          5'10"          195
#39
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6 (145) +256 Oregon State
Brandon Hardin
Sr          6'2"          215
#17
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7 (151) +106 South Carolina State
Christian Thompson
Sr          6'0"          211
#33
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8 (160)   -22 Syracuse
Phillip Thomas
Jr          5'11          198
#1
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9 (186)  +3 Wisconsin
Aaron Henry
Sr          6'0"          210
#7
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10 (203)   0 Hampton
Micah Pellerin
Sr          6'0"          195
#15
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11 (217) -73 Virginia Tech
Eddie Whitley
Sr          6'0"          190
#15
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12 (227) -43 McNeese State
Janzen Jackson
Jr          5'11          198
#12
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13 (244)   -9 Penn State
D'Anton Lynn
Sr          6'0"          206
#8
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14 (268)   -1 Kansas State
Tysyn Hartman
Sr          6'2"          205
#2
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15 (315)   -5 Arkansas
Tramain Thomas
Sr          6'0"          195
#5
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16 (332)   0 South Florida
Jerrell Young
Sr          6'1"          208
#1
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17 (375)   -1 Penn State
Nick Sukay
Sr          6'1"          208
#1
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18 (391)  +10 California
D.J. Campbell
Sr          6'0"          201

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