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With the cornerback position thought to be set after the Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner acquisitions, many New England Patriots fans started looking toward the strong safeties in the draft. That may change with the news that the Patriots are looking at moving Logan Ryan from corner to safety.
Karen Guregian from the Boston Herald broke the news from the league meetings in Orlando, Fla.:
The Patriots defensive secondary is going to have a new look. That goes without saying with Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, eventually, manning the corner flanks.
But there’s more in store. Currently, the Pats are strongly considering a plan that would have cornerback Logan Ryan, who had five interceptions as a backup during his rookie season, play safety.
According to a source, Ryan would take on the free safety role, while Devin McCourty would move to strong safety.
If that move comes to fruition, the safeties in this draft—Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix (FS, Alabama), Jimmie Ward (FS, Northern Illinois) and Calvin Pryor (SS, Louisville)—will likely be downgraded a bit on the Patriots' list of needs.
Should Ryan stay at cornerback, I wouldn't be shocked to see the Patriots stick with Duron Harmon. If they do want to add a safety, Clinton-Dix and Ward have the best mix of coverage and tackling ability.