Daimion Stafford to Titans: How Does Safety Fit with Tennessee?
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For three days, Tennessee Titans fans waited for the team to pick up a safety, and with its final pick on the final day, it was Daimion Stafford.
What flavor of safety is Stafford, you may ask?
He's an in-the-box guy, the kind of player who can remove a player from the football if necessary. If need be, he can cover a running back or tight end. He may not have the secret to covering tight ends that the Titans defense has been missing for the past couple of years, but it's worth a shot.
Here's what Bleacher Report's Marques Eversoll had to say about Stafford's tools:
As a rotational safety playing mainly in the box, Stafford has the tools to be effective early in his career. At 6'0" 221 pounds, Stafford is built like a small linebacker, rather than a safety.
He lacks ideal speed and agility for the position, but his 21 reps on the 225-pound bench press prove his above-average strength.
He's strong and can hit. A Titans safety making a form tackle was a rare event in 2012. Bernard Pollard and George Wilson will help, but they are getting to the ends of their careers. There's really no one else currently on the roster who can play a strong safety role. Al Afalava and Robert Johnson have had their opportunities and probably won't get past the first set of roster cuts.
Additionally, Stafford has played in a two-deep system, so he's not limited to playing the run. It's going to be hard for a pure run defender to stick around as a safety for long in the modern NFL.
Because he was a draft pick, Stafford's going to have a slight edge over the UDFA crop the team's going to sign in the next couple of days. But he's still going to have to work hard to make the roster.
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