B/R NFL 1000 2013: Top 75 Safeties

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B/R NFL 1000 2013: Top 75 Safeties
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Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers


If every NFL roster were blown up and you had to start a team over from scratch with the goal of winning right now, which two safeties would you want?

That’s the idea behind the NFL 1,000 series. We’re not ranking players based on tackles, interceptions or Pro Bowls. Sure, those things factor in, but this is a scouting exercise. Our team of experienced scouts and I have watched film on the top 85 safeties in the NFL last season and narrowed that list down to give you the top 75 players in the league from the 2012 season.

Safeties were evaluated on four weighted criteria—coverage (40 points), run defense (15), tackling (20) and speed (25). 

In the case of ties, I have asked myself, "Which player would I rather have on my team?" and set the rankings accordingly. Subjective? Yes. But ties are no fun.

The following scouting reports and grades are the work of months of film study from our team.

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