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The Eagles safeties this season have been hot or cold, sometimes they look to be reliable, other times they look to be completely lost.
I like Kurt Coleman a lot, but my views haven't changed since last summer when I wrote that I still envision him as more of a third safety.
Nate Allen has been the epitome of inconsistency, but with another offseason coming off of his ACL injury in his rookie season, I think Allen can provide reliability at free safety.
That brings us to strong safety, a position that was supposed to be manned by Jaiquawn Jarrett. His physicality is why the Eagles reached for him in the second round last draft, but he never showed much of it in his few starts. And he never was a cover man in his college career, so that probably won't translate even if he has a full offseason.
I thought of Jarrett as an in the box type of safety, but in a few games we have seen him, he has not made many plays against the run.
Therefore, I think the Eagles should admit their mistake, they're going to have to if they want to be a Super Bowl favorite, and draft Mark Barron, the 220 pound strong safety out of Alabama.
Barron can be a similar player to Brian Dawkins when he was here in Philadelphia. Barron isn't the greatest cover man, but I think they should exclusively use him in the box making plays against runs and screens, very much how Dawkins was used late in his career.
Barron is a consistent tackler and would be a perfect compliment to Allen, a more rangy player.