Brahn wrote:Anyone know who the top safeties in the draft for 2015 are? I would like to watch more college ball this season and would like to know who to look out for. The only reason is I swear we will see a 3 safety set on the field again much like when Lawyer was here. I know we had Mark Baron rated high and probably would of drafted him. I wounder if they would take a top talent to use in a 3 Safety set.
I think the Seahawks are looking pretty strong at safety for the next few years. Chancellor and Thomas are locked up through 2017 and 2018. The rookie Eric Pinkins, who possesses some strong measurables, will likely takeover Jeron Johnson's role as Chancellor's primary backup. They have exclusive rights to DeShawn Shead, and I imagine they wil want to exercise those so they have a strong backup to Earl Thomas. If they take a flyer on a rookie safety, it will probably be later in the draft-- fifth round or below.
Here are three guys to look out for as potential safety/DB candidates:
USC's Josh Shaw- 6'1, 200 with 4.4 speed . . . he's started the last couple seasons at FS, SS, and CB. He's an instinctual athlete and very physical in coverage. Last year, he had 67 tackles, including 5.5 for losses of 17 yards, 4 interceptions with one for a TD and 7 deflections, plus he returned a blocked punt 14 yards for a TD. Right now, he's slotted to start at CB once against for the Trojans. Pete recruited him out of high school, but he initially committed to Florida after Pete took the Seahawks job. He has better hips than Pinkins for the CB position, but could also play nickel or either safety position.
Auburn's Robenson Therezie- 5'9, 210 with 4.4 speed . . . physical and very instinctual player who had 57 tackles and a team-leading four INTs last year.
Eastern Washington's Tevin McDonald- 5'11, 190 with 4.5 speed . . . he could be an under-the-radar guy after getting kicked out of UCLA. Great instincts, tackling ability, and ball skills. He could be developed behind Thomas.