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Top 5 Safeties available in the draft probably come from these 7 players: Kenny Vaccaro, Texas 6-1 218, Matt Elam, Florida 5-10 206, Jonathan Cyprien, Florida Int'l 6-1 210, Eric Reid, LSU 6-2 208, Zeke Motta, Notre Dame 6-2 215,  Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma 5-11 212, and Phillip Thomas, Fresno State 6-1 215...

But the UFA market is a virtural "who's who" list including these 5:

9 Pro Bowl (03, 04, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12) 8 All-Pro (03, 04, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11)
Ed Reed, 511 205 lbs, 34 yr old, career numbers - 606 tackles, 6 sacks, 61 interceptions, 11 forced fumbles, 11 fumble recoveries, 138 passes defended, 13 touchdowns in his career 3 blocked punts, 1 punt return, 2 fumble returns and 7 interception returns.
Ed has average size but outstanding instincts and deceptive athleticism to make plays on the ball. He has excellent ball skills and will take chances to make game-changing plays. He is a solid open-field tackler and is quick to fill the alley in the running game. Although he's lost some quickness and range, Reed is one of the best all-time playmakers at the safety position.

2 Pro Bowl (11, 12) All-Pro (12)
Dashon Goldson, 62 200 lbs, 28 yrs old, career numbers - 273 tackles, 3 sacks, 14 interceptions, 6 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, 34 passes defended, 1 return touchdown.
Dashon is a young, good-sized safety with excellent skills and above-average playing speed. He is very quick to diagnose plays and is a quick decision-maker who takes good angles and can adjust on the move. He shows good range from center field and is a solid tackler both in the hole and out in space. He will unload and explode into tackles and has caused his share of fumbles with his blow delivery. He shows excellent route recognition as well as the ability to read the quarterback's eyes from off coverage, and he can drop his hips to plant and drive on balls thrown in front of him with a good burst to close. He is a hard worker who has managed to get the most out of his skill set.

5 Pro Bowl (06, 08, 09, 10, 11) 4 All-Pro (06, 08, 09, 11)
Adrian Wilson, 63 230 lbs, 33 yrs old, career numbers - 839 tackles, 54.0 tackles for a loss, 25.5 sacks, 27 interceptions, 16 forced fumbles, 8 fumble recoveries, 100 passes defended, 4 return touchdowns.
Adrian is a big safety with good speed and range from the deep halves. He is more effective closer to the line of scrimmage and is an aggressive, active run-support safety. He's quick to read and react, and he attacks plays with authority and confidence. He's quick to locate the level of the ball and takes good angles. He's a strong tackler who can roll his hips to unload with an explosive pop when tackling in the hole. However, he's a little stiff in the hips and will struggle when locked up with athletic tight ends or running backs in man coverage.

8 Pro Bowl (98, 99, 00, 01, 08, 09, 10, 11) 7 All-Pro (99, 00, 01, 08, 2009, 10, 11)
Charles Woodson, 61 202 lbs, 36 yrs old, career numbers - 778 tackles, 17 sacks, 55 interceptions, 29 forced fumbles, 11 fumble recoveries, 135 passes defended, 12 return touchdowns.
Charles is a 15-year veteran who missed nine games with a broken collarbone in 2012. He returned for the postseason and played at a high level after moving inside to the safety position. He has great length to jam and re-route receivers as a perimeter defender but served as more of a field general this past season. He's excellent at anticipating route progressions and often jumps patterns to make big plays. He's a solid run-support defender. Woodson has lost a step but plays with great instincts and focus. He can be a productive player if he decides to return in 2013.

1X Pro Bowl (12)
LaRon Landry, 6 220 lbs, 28 yrs old career numbers - 365 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 6 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries, 39 passes defended, 1 return touchdowns.
LaRon had arguably the best season of his career in 2012, his first year in New York. He is a tough, hard-nosed run-stopper who is best filling an alley in the running game. He shows good range defending both the run and pass but doesn't have great pure speed in coverage. Landry was able to bounce back from injuries the previous two seasons to bring experience and attitude to the Jets.

Note: Info from ESPN, Pro Football Reference & Wikipedia


 
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