2008 NFL Draft – Safeties

University of Miami (FL) safety Kenny Phillips (#1)
Last Sunday, I examined the cornerbacks that are eligible for the 2008 NFL Draft. Today, I examine the safeties that are expected to be eligible for the draft. Below, you will find the player’s name, school, brief narrative about the player and the team expected to draft him. Here we go:

1. Kenny Phillips, Miami (FL)
Very good size and speed (6’2″, 210; 4.45 40). Extremely aggressive and quick. A big hitter. Footwork and technique is very good. Downside for Phillips – while his aggressiveness is a positive, it can hurt him at times, as well.

Team expected to draft him: Baltimore (1st round)

2. Reggie Smith, Oklahoma
A big hitter and ballhawk. Good size and speed (6’0″, 196; 4.45 40). Has value as a kick returner. Is versatile (played some CB in college). Downside for Smith – Can be a bit too aggressive. Instincts need to be refined.

Team expected to draft him: Kansas City (2nd round)

3. Thomas DeCoud, California
A natural athlete, with very good size and speed (6’2″, 204; 4.55 40). Excellent vs. the run. Physical and aggressive. Excellent range. Is versatile, having played CB at Cal. Downside for DeCoud – Instincts are marginal. Needs to keep pad level lower. Prone to fakes by receivers. Still learning the position.

Team likely to draft him: Minnesota (3rd round)

4. Marcus Griffin, Texas
Excellent tackler. Good vs. the run. Very active motor. Smart with good intangibles. Downside for Griffin – Speed is just OK (4.60 40). Struggles in coverage at times. Has trouble shedding blocks.

Team likely to draft him: Philadelphia (3rd round)

5. Josh Barrett, Arizona State
Huge for a safety (6’3″, 231), with excellent speed (4.50 40). Good cover man. Hand technique is very good – helps re-direct receivers. Has good range. Aggressive and can make plays from line of scrimmage. Is a ballhawk; reminds me of Dallas’ Roy Williams. Downside for Barrett – can get beat on deep balls thrown. Footwork needs a bit of work.

Team likely to draft him: Minnesota (3rd round)

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