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The safety class is deep and headlined by a stellar trio. William Moore is the best of the strong safeties. The 27-year-old was an all-action playmaker for the Atlanta Falcons in 2012.
A solid run defender, Moore showcases the skills to be a force near the line of scrimmage. However, his coverage attributes are his best. He reads routes well and has a knack for getting his hands on the ball.
Another strong safety to keep an eye on is Kenny Phillips. Like many on the New York Giants defense, Phillips was below his best in 2012. However, he remains a smart athlete, with the versatility to cause havoc at the line and in deep zones.
The elite talent of this class lies at free safety. Dynamic ball hawks Dashon Goldson and Jairus Byrd lead the way.
Goldson endured a postseason to forget, but the versatile San Francisco 49ers safety can be an asset in the right scheme. He has great zone instincts and delivers a fierce hit once he locates the ball.
Byrd is a true center fielder. His opportunism was a rare highlight for an otherwise woeful Buffalo Bills defense. Since entering the league in 2009, he has intercepted 18 passes and forced 10 fumbles.
Teams should be queuing up to secure the services of a player with this kind of big play capability.
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this year's safety class is the status of Super Bowl winner Ed Reed. The ultimate deep zone spy, Reed has vowed to play on, according to The Baltimore Sun.
His age and injury history aside, Reed is still smart and skilled enough to improve any coverage scheme.