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Last year’s rookie class at safety, Rahim Moore (second round) and Quinton Carter (fourth round), have produced a mix bag. They have been thrust into action with injuries to Brian Dawkins and Syd'Quan Thompson, who was lost early in the season to injury.
While Thompson will be back next season, it is unlikely that one of the defensive leaders, Brian Dawkins, will be, as he is expected to retire after 2011. Dawkins re-structured his contract this offseason to play for a significantly less amount this season and his contract expires in 2011. There is a chance that the Broncos bring him back for one more year, but even if he is back, who knows how much longer he will last.
The Broncos should use their third-round draft pick on Antonio Allen, a 6’1”, 202-pound strong safety out of South Carolina. He’s a big, physical safety who can make plays. He had three interceptions this season, one of which he returned for a touchdown against Georgia. This season he has 8.5 tackles for a loss, and 2.5 sacks, despite missing the first two games of the season. He’s an aggressive player who causes a lot of disruption.
I think that the Broncos will draft a second safety late in the draft much like last year. Tramain Thomas the 6’1”, 204-pound free safety senior from the Arkansas Razorbacks looks very promising. This season he has 88 total tackles and five interceptions. He is an opportunistic safety who will complement the incomparable Champ Bailey over the top in coverage.