1 ~ My Vocabulary has evolved and transmogrified in many ways, since I became engulfed with The Draft in 2010!!
2 ~ As a Result, I have changed the Definitions of several Terms along the way!! Sorry for the Insanity!!
3 ~ I have thought long and hard over whether it best served you who honor my Site with your Visitations to leave everything as originally published or to retroactively change previous Posts to employ current Nomenclature, and have decided at long last to go back and change everything so that the Terminology is consistent. I hope you approve.
4 ~ My 2011 & 2012 Reports were all Republished in January of 2013 when I ReBooted the Site!!
Strong Safeties are of course more oriented towards Run Support, so with them I'll be paying especially close attention Core Strength, Fluidity, and all that goes into that.
Free Safeties are of course more oriented towards Pass Defense, so there I'll be placing emphasis on Verticity.
* Edit ~ 01/01/16 ~ Strong Safeties = RoverBacks and Free Safeties = CenterFielders
Estimated Market Value
Yankee Market Value
Starter!! Mark Barron's certainly a Thumper. He brings tremendous Core Strength, Vision, and Explosiveness to the table, making him a Force in both Run Defense and the Short Passing Game.
However, I've got concerns about his Athleticism: his Lateral Agility isn't that impressive in the Running Game, which constricts his Range, nor's his Verticity very spry when he needs to Turn + Burn in the Passing Game.
All in all, he is, in my opinion, a good Safety Prospect, not a great one, and benefited from his surroundings.
As such, I think he's somewhat OverRated!!
Beast!! Harrison Smith commands phenomenal Diagnostics+Processing Speed, outstanding Lateral Agility, and spectacular Verticity!!
He Reads + Reacts with lightning speed, constantly getting a jump on almost every play, and then bursts in the right direction to makes things happen.
He boasts excellent Core Strength and Fluidity, as well, and is a reliable tackler.
I believe that Harrison Smith has serious All Pro potential, and is the best Strong Safety in this entire Draft Class. Absolute spectacular Steal!!
Stud Horse!! Tony Dye commands an outstanding collection of skills: tremendous Processing Speed, extraordinary Core Strength, impressive Fluidity, and exceptional Verticity on the Turn + Burn.
In short, he's pretty much a complete Strong Safety.
Because of health concerns, his Market Value has sunk all the way to UFA ~ as best I can assess it ~ but he looked terrific on his Pro Day, last week!!
Even if his true Market Value is as high as Day 3, that is still far below what he warrants!! Super Sleeper!!
Potential Starter!! George Iloka exhibits a decent level of Verticity when he Turns + Burns, but it's not overly impressive, and I can't give him very good grades for Diagnostics or Processing Speed, either.
And I'm not thrilled with his Run Support, either. The Core Strength is there, but the Fluidity is not, and his Diagnostics + Processing Speed are indeed subpar.
All in all, I think he can compete, especially with the weak Safety field that currently populates the NFL.
But he might be more of a Sub Pack Specialist: he's cross-trained as a Corner, and as a Nickel + Dime Man Coverage guy against Tight Ends, he could be pretty effective. But I think he'd really struggle to win and to keep a starting gig. OverRated!!
Potential Starter!! Markelle Martin is certainly very fast, makes a big hit from time to time, and shows some definite Savvy out there.
But there isn't much about his Verticity, when he needs to Turn + Burn in Pass Defense, nor in his rather dubious Run Defense, that impresses me.
There's enough Diagnostic Skill, Processing Speed, and Athleticism, though, to say he's got definite starting potential at the next level. Fair Value!!
Trulon Henry is 27.
5 of those 27 were spent in Prison, because he was convicted for Armed Robbery.
And, guess what?? He just took a bullet at 0325 or so ~ The Hour With No Name ~ sometime between the end of Saturday Night and the beginning of Sunday Morning, on November 12th.
Needless to say, he'll be off many Boards.
He won't be off of mine.
Turns out: In REAL life, sometimes smart people do stupid things. And sometimes good people do bad things.
Anybody reading this will be their own judge, but I would sleep well, placing a bet on Trulon Henry.
Everybody on Wisconsin is behind him 100%. He's a leader, and one they're happy to have.
He's committed to his religion, and he's a family man.
And when he got shot during The Hour That Has No Name ~ he and two others ~ he was a random victim ~ a victim who'd just shown up there to help out a team mate who wanted to get out of there.
They say that which does not kill you makes you stronger. That's only true if you've got a resilient Spirit.
Except that Trulon Henry does.
And I believe that an exceptionally resilient young man has emerged from his travails.
Trulon Henry commands tremendous Diagnostics and Processing Speed, and while he's a bit raw, his Verticity ain't bad, and his Burst is exceptional.
He's also a very effective Run Defender, bringing excellent Core Strength and Fluidity, tremendous Discipline, and remarkable Savvy to the table.
For my money, Trulon Henry is a clear starting caliber Strong Safety prospect, and while I'll back'm off one full Round for his age, he still constitutes an outstanding bargain, in my view. I hope he makes it!! Sleeper!!