Let's not pull any punches here. The biggest issue that the Green Bay Packers had last year was the lackluster play of the safeties.
Not one interception among the group. Way too many missed tackles. Multiple blown coverages.
And except for two fumble returns for touchdowns, the unit had no big plays to speak about.
We know now that one of the safeties who was on the field quite a bit in 2013 is no longer on the team. The Packers did not tender an offer to restricted free agent M.D. Jennings, and he ended up signing with the Chicago Bears as a free agent.
Did the porous Chicago secondary just get better or worse?
Besides Jennings, the other starting safety was Morgan Burnett, who was coming off a contract extension he had signed last summer. But like so many players in training camp last year, Burnett hurt his hamstring, and he ended up missing the first three games of the season.
When Burnett came back, he just wasn't as effective as he was in 2012. Burnett has talent, but the Packers need to get him some help at the other safety position.
Maybe it will come in the form of Micah Hyde, who played some safety in college at Iowa and appears to be heading to that position in 2014. Head coach Mike McCarthy thinks Hyde should be on the field more often in some capacity.
The Packers also have Sean Richardson and Chris Banjo on the depth chart at safety.
So far, the Packers have not signed a safety through free agency. They haven't even had one come to visit.
That tells you that the Packers most likely are looking for another safety in the 2014 NFL draft.
I'm going to list the top 10 safeties available for the Packers to draft in this slideshow. Some of you might disagree with me regarding the list of prospects.
For instance, I don't have players like Vinnie Sunseri from Alabama, Kenny Ladler from Vanderbilt or former Wisconsin Badger Dezmen Southward on this list. That doesn't mean that they won't play in the NFL, however. They just aren't in my top 10 prospects at the safety position.