Now with the 2014 NFL Draft just under two weeks away starting on May 8th in primetime we take a look at the other half of the secondary for the New York Jets. Here are some safeties that could potentially be good fits for the Jets, and if you missed part one on corner backs you may read it here.
Dion Bailey (USC): Six foot tall, weight: 201 pounds (free)
Bailey possesses experience starting both at outside linebacker and safety plus reads the action on the field and quickly reacts properly.He is also unselfish making it easier for fellow teammates to make tackle by taking out blockers. Also has fluid control over his body and the hands to make many interceptions. On the downside, he relies more on instinct than being a physical defender whereas he doesn't drive thru tackles properly when needed.
Ed Reynolds (Stanford): Six foot, one inch tall, weight: 207 pounds (free)
Reynolds has the ability to cover athletic tight ends because he plays physical and instinctive. He also accelerates solidly and possessed good agility to move fluidly in traffic. Also knows that he is last line on the field and makes the proper angles for pursuit when needed. On the flipside, his aggressive play has his lowering his helmet too often, plus missed an entire season in 2011 due to ACL injury.
Craig Loston (LSU): Six foot, one inch tall, weight: 217 pounds (strong side)
Loston possesses a well built athletic body/frame, plus good instincts and the ability to be fearless as a hitter of anything coming near him. Also tends to attack downhill and has both explosiveness and acceleration in the open field. On the flipside, he tends to duck his head on tackles and can rely on hitting than wrap-up tackling on ball carriers.
Ahmad Dixon (Baylor): Six foot tall, weight: 212 pounds (strong side)
Dixon loves to strike through any target and uses his hands to finish strong. He also can play on an island if needed by displaying great body coordination and solid feet plus good speed and bursts to cover all over the field. On the downside, he doesn't always consistently wrap-up when tackling, plus needs to improve his technique and play recognition while in coverage.
Daniel Sorensen (BYU): Six foot, one inch tall, weight: 205 pounds (strong side)
Sorenson can make changes in direction quickly and cannot easily be shaken loose by the moves of ball carriers. He also has the size to cover tight ends plus improved his awareness of plays and all around him, but doesn't have great straight line speed to be anything but a strong side defender.
Jonathan Dowling (Western Kentucky): Six foot, three inches tall, weight: 190 pounds (free)
Dowling has the size and lean muscle to make turnovers and poke balls out of the air. He tends to position himself properly to be able to make plays because of quick reflexes and decent instincts. Also has experience in coverage on special teams. On the downside though he gets blocked out of plays to easily because not quite strong enough to shed them, and a little to reactionary when seeing a ball carrier come his way.
So there you have it a look at some of the safeties in the 2014 NFL Draft that could be a good fit for the New York Jets and the defense of Rex Ryan and coordinator Dennis Thurman. When we continue this series next week we will feature wide receivers and tight ends in an article each especially since receivers are a deep position.
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