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Mayock Ranks The Top 5 Safeties

Though the weigh-ins and interviews have begun at the Scouting Combine, the workouts don't begin until Friday. So now it's time to take a look at Mike Mayock's ranking of the safety position. The Eagles drafted two safeties in 2010, but with Nate Allen recovering from a torn patellar tendon and Quintin Mikell a feee-agent-to-be, could the Eagles make a move for another youngster deep in the secondary? The notes on each player were provided by NFL.com from their Combine section.

Mayock's Top 5 Safeties
Name Height Weight College
1. Rahim Moore 6-1
196
UCLA
Note: Moore is a true difference maker at the safety position, and he projects to be an immediate starter at the next level. He is extremely rangy with the deep speed to hold up in cover-3, and he has a great closing burst when the ball is in the air.
2. Ahmad Black 5-9
190
Florida
Note: Black's an undersized safety prospect who should be able to contribute immediately in sub-packages and as a special teams cover guy even if he never becomes a starter. Has excellent instincts, plays tough and is durable despite his size.
3. Marcus Gilchrist 5-11
190
Clemson
Note: Gilchrist is an experienced, durable defensive back with good intangibles who could potentially become a starter at corner in a zone-based scheme or make a move to free safety. Has experience as a kick returner.
4. Quinton Carter 6-1
200
Oklahoma
Note: Carter has plenty of savvy and the right attitude to make up for less than ideal speed and will likely be a middle round pick. He is a smart football player that understands his responsibilities in zone coverage.
5. Deunta Williams 6-2
215
North Carolina
Note: Williams is a supremely confident safety who has the speed and cover skills to eventually develop into a starter at the next level. He puts in time in the film room and always appears to be in position to make a play in coverage.

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 2:00 p.m., February 24

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