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Will Bears do safety dance with first pick in 2010 draft?

At a pre-draft press conference on Wednesday, Jerry Angelo addressed the media and fan cries for targeting a safety with their third-round pick. According to Brad Biggs at the Tribune, Jerry said…

“We feel it probably gets to about (six to eight deep at the position) and that’s where it will stop where you feel comfortable that a guy could come in and help you. It’s a pretty good safety board.”

So while you wait for 74 picks to go down before the Bears finally get around to selecting in the third round, watch what happens with safeties during rounds 1 and 2. If there ARE up to 8 guys Jerry would consider with their first pick, here are the best safety prospects, according to Pro Football Weekly’s 2010 Draft Guide: 

  1. Eric Berry, Tennessee – Not a chance at him.
  2. Earl Thomas, Texas – See above.
  3. Taylor Mays, USC – There’s no way, Jose, this guy falls to us.
  4. Nate Allen, South Florida – Won’t be available unless Jerry trades up into the second round (Olsen and pick #75 anyone? Yes, I’m talking to you, Patriots.)
  5. TJ Ward, Oregon – More of a strong than free safety, showed minimal playmaking ability: 3 INTs in 3+ years. Did force 5 fumbles the last 2 years though.
  6. Larry Asante, Nebraska – If ever a guy looked the part, it’s Asante (5’ 11” 210 lbs). Was a three year starter for the Huskers as an in-the-box strong safety with average cover skills.
  7. Major Wright, Florida – This junior was a 3-year starter for the Gators and had 8 INTs over that span. Projected as a strong, not free, safety.
  8. Chad Jones, LSU – Junior only started a year and a half for the Bayou Bengals. Has sub 4.50 speed and is considered a better athlete than football player. Has gone on the record saying baseball is his favorite sport. Boom or bust kind of prospect.

If all of the above fellas are off the board by the time the Bears pick, then say hello again to these familiar faces, two of whom will man the starting safety spots in ‘10:

 Kevin Payne. Craig Steltz. Josh Bullocks. Danieal Manning. Al Afalava.

And you know what they say – if you have 5 safeties, you really don’t have any at all…

If safety isn’t the pick, I’m guessing they’ll go corner, guard or a D-lineman, a position that Jerry loves to stockpile, then watch under-perform.

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One Response to “Will Bears do safety dance with first pick in 2010 draft?”

  1. cgaspard says:

    They will draft Myron Lewis (Vandy) or Morgan Burnet (has played both positions). This a one and done season for many of them.

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