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


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STRONG SAFETY


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The Strong Safety plays against the strong side of the offensive formation. His responsibilities include:

1) Pass coverage against the TE or double coverage with the CB agaisnt the flanker (WR).
2) Run support, taking gap responsibilities between linebackers
3) Rotating zone responsibilities, sometimes serving as the "spy" on the QB

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

A. Prevailing defensive philosophy: The classic run-stopping Strong Safety is diminishing in today's NFL as more teams 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. 3-4 teams have an additional inside LB, which reduces the responsibility of the SS in 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 (think Colts). With more receivers in the pattern, pass coverage skills become paramount for the SS.
DE43 DE34 DT43 DT34 OLB43 OLB34 WILB SILB SS FS CB
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1 (18)  +1 Alabama
Mark Barron
Sr          6'1"          213
#4
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2 (42)  +5 Notre Dame
Harrison Smith
Sr          6'2"          213
#22
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3 (114)   -4 South Carolina
Antonio Allen
Sr          6'1"          210
#26
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4 (128)  +5 LSU
Brandon Taylor
Sr          5'11"          209
#18
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5 (164)   -4 San Jose State
Duke Ihenacho
Sr          6'0"          213
#2
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6 (195)  +4 Duke
Matt Daniels
Sr          6'0"          205
#40
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7 (205)  +10 Kentucky
Winston Guy
Sr          6'1"          218
#21
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8 (237)   -5 Arkansas State
Kelcie McCray
Sr          6'2"          202
#21
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9 (270)  +4 Mississippi State
Charles Mitchell
Sr          5'11"          202
#4
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10 (289)  +1 Oregon
Eddie Pleasant
Sr          5'10"          211
#11
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11 (324)   -1 Oklahoma State
Johnny Thomas
Sr          5'10          206
#12
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12 (336)   -2 California
Sean Cattouse
Sr          6'2"          211
#11
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13 (378)   0 Wake Forest
Cyhl Quarles
Sr          6'1"          213
#5
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