2014 DRAFTTEK BIG BOARD - Ranked by Position
Strong Safeties
Most Recent Revision:  3/28/2014


QB Center OG LOT ROT TE RBF RBC WRF WRS FB
DE43 DE34 DT43 DT34 OLB43 OLB34 ILB SS FS CB PK

Big Ten SEC PAC 12 Big 12 ACC Mtn West C USA Sun Belt AAC MAC


1 (29)   0 Louisville
Calvin Pryor
Jr          5'11"          207
#25
BIO
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2 (76)   0 Washington St
Deone Bucannon
Sr          6'1"          211
#20
BIO
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3 (102)   0 USC
Dion Bailey
Jr          6'0"          201
#18
BIO
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4 (115)   0 Northern Illinois
Jimmie Ward
Sr          5'11"          193
#15
BIO
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5 (142)   0 LSU
Craig Loston
Sr          5'11"          217
#6
BIO
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6 (155)   0 Baylor
Ahmad Dixon
Sr          6'0"          212
#6
BIO
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7 (171)   0 Michigan State
Isaiah Lewis
Sr          5'10"          211
#9
BIO
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8 (189)   0 Kansas State
Ty Zimmerman
Sr          6'1"          203
#12
BIO
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9 (196) +205 Alabama
Vinnie Sunseri
Sr          5'11"          210
#3
BIO
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10 (209)   -12 Minnesota
Brock Vereen
Sr          6'0"          199
#21
BIO
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11 (216)   -6 Louisville
Hakeem Smith
Sr          6'1"          188
#29
BIO
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12 (231)   -15 Arizona State
Alden Darby
Sr          5'11"          195
#4
BIO
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13 (243) +158 Georgia Tech
Isaiah Johnson
Sr          6'2"          205
#1
BIO
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14 (249)  +17 Washington
Sean Parker
Sr          5'10"          195
#1
BIO
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15 (251)  +35 Wisconsin
Dezmen Southward
Sr          6'0"          211
#12
BIO
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16 (269)  +5 Utah St
Mo Alexander
Sr          6'1"          220
#5
BIO
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17 (296)  +21 West Virginia
Darwin Cook
Sr          5'11"          203
#25
BIO
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18 (315)  +13 Ohio State
C.J. Barnett
Sr          6'0"          190
#4
BIO
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19 (346)  +20 San Diego State
Nat Berhe
Sr          5'10"          193
#20
BIO
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20 (375)  +11 Alabama
Nick Perry
Sr          6'1"          212
#27
BIO
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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.
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