Did the WR’s last week, so we may as well just cave in and do every position during this ungodly slow time. We’ll jump around all over. Since we did such a strong NFC East position last time, let’s do one that’s not quite as strong today – Safety. These are rankings of the players themselves (not by team), in order of who I would most want on my roster if I were starting a team. In other words, age and upside matter, although I left contract situations out of the equation, especially since a couple guys are slated to become free agents (Mikell, Sensabaugh, etc). It also doesn’t consider favorable contracts like Kenny Phillips’ or terrible ones like Antrel Rolle’s.
Update – Somehow, I forgot one of my favorite players in the NFL, for no other reason than his profile pictures, the great OJ Atogwe, and had to re-do my chart, so we have 11 instead of 10. Reed Doughty celebrates his inclusion. Sorry – I’m an idiot.
|Redskins||I really struggled with putting Landry at No 1, but I think he’s pretty clearly the most talented safety in the division, even if he has no instincts, no brains, and would rather knock someone out than actually make the tackle. He could be Troy Polamalu if he really knew how to play.|
|Giants||Phillips came into his second year in the league (’09) with all kinds of hype about how great he looked in camp, and he didn’t disappoint in the first two games. Then he had a serious knee injury and that was the end of his season. Played all 16 games last year, but wasn’t the same. The No 2 ranking is based on the belief that he’ll be closer to the player he showed he can be in ’09 than the one he was in ’10.|
|Eagles||Very strong rookie season that ended prematurely when he injured his knee and went on IR. Should be ready to go for Week 1.|
|Giants||In 2007, Rolle had 5 picks with an insane 231 return yards and 3 TD’s, and immediately got this reputation as a bigtime playmaker. While he most certainly was exactly that… in 2007… he has just 8 picks in his other 5 NFL seasons.|
|Redsins||Playmaking machine a couple years ago – 8 picks in 2007, 5 picks and 6 forced fumbles in 2008. Has cooled off some since then, but is still a good NFL safety. Turns 30 in June.|
|Eagles||Soon to be ‘former Eagle Quintin Mikell.’ The 2009 Pro Bowler is going to want more money than the Eagles are willing to pay a safety that turns 31 in September, and he’ll find it elsewhere. Jimmy’s favorite player since Dawkins left. Please don’t go to the Cowboys, Q. (Bias alert)|
|Eagles||Too high for a 2nd round rookie thumper with questionable cover skills? In any other division, definitely. In this craptastic bunch, not really. I’ll take my chances with the rookie over everyone below him.|
|Giants||Has never had less than 60 tackles or 2 INT’s in his 10 year career, but he’s 32 years old.|
|Cowboys||Good athlete, average safety. Played decent football for the Cowboys in ’09, but struggled mightily in ’10, although the atrocious play on the other side by Alan Ball may have hurt Sensi’s play. He did have 5 picks last year, somehow. Likely not to be back in Dallas in ’11.|
|Eagles||After a few injuries, Coleman started 2 games last year and played well. Assuming Mikell leaves, Coleman will be given the chance to compete with Jarrett for the starting SS job.|
|Redskins||Solid player, but nothing about his game intrigues me – 10 or more tackles in 5 games last season. 1 career pick in 5 seasons. Scares nobody.|