Green Bay Packers: Looking at the Top 5 Safeties in the 2014 NFL Draft

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Green Bay Packers: Looking at the Top 5 Safeties in the 2014 NFL Draft
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There is absolutely no doubt about it. General manager Ted Thompson of the Green Bay Packers has to focus on improving the play at the safety position for the team. That position was the biggest eyesore for the Packers all season long.

First of all, there was Morgan Burnett, who hurt his hamstring in training camp. This was after he received a four-year, $24.75 contract extension earlier in the offseason. The hamstring injury caused Burnett to miss the first three games of the season.

When No. 42 returned, he was up and down all season long with his performance. In fact, Burnett led the team in missed tackles with 17, as noted by Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as he handed out individual grades to the players.

Burnett was also involved in multiple blown coverages in the secondary.

But the other safety position was even worse, if you can believe that. M.D. Jennings and Jerron McMillian battled for the starting job in training camp, with Jennings winning the job. That doesn't say much, as the Packers released McMillian later in the season.

Jennings also missed multiple tackles, plus was always late in coverage, as he allowed a team-high 4.5 touchdown passes, as noted by McGinn.

In addition to that, not one safety on the Packers had an interception in 2013. That is a statistic that hasn't occurred in Green Bay in more than 60 years.

When it was all said and done, McGinn gave Burnett a D-plus and Jennings a D-minus.

Needless to say, Thompson and his scouting staff need to find some safety help either through free agency or through the draft. Perhaps both.

In this slideshow, I'm listing the top five safeties in the 2014 NFL draft who Thompson and company should focus on.

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