Free Safeties: TBSD Edition

Realizing that this will take entirely too much space on the site if I continue to post individually for each player, I will instead post the rest by position.....

Robert Johnson:

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
2007 44 26 18 0 0 0 2 0 3 26 8.7 26 0 0
2008 38 16 22 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 1.8 7 0 0
2009 66 33 33 0 0 0 1 0 6 140 23.3 96 1 0

40 time: 4.56 

Projected in the 6th round by CBS Sport, Utah's Robert Johnson is fast rising.  He's visited Chicago, Miami and Houston already.  Johnson is noted for having great hips and quickness (he ran a 4.06 shuttle a this pro day, faster than any player at his position ran at the combine.) and is also noted for his ball-hawking abilities, having 13 interceptions over the last 3 years, and for playing up in big games, having registered 2 INTs against Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl.

Projected as a true "center fielder" type free safety, Johnson has great ball skills, and while on the slighter side, at 6'2 and 203lbs, he doesn't shy away from the running game. He has been compared to Darren Sharper in terms of instincts.  His knocks are that at times his reaction speed has be deficient and that while he is good at everything, he is great at nothing.

Here's some video.....


Pro Day

Sweet home Chicago....Foretelling?

I'll make no bones about the fact that I am very enamored with Robert Johnson.  I think this kid could solve our long standing FS problems......


Morgan Burnett:

Defense Stats
2007 GT 57 37 20 0 1 0 0 3 0 0
2008 GT 93 62 31 0 0 1 0 7 95 1
2009 GT 77 40 37 0 0 0 0 4 40 0

40 time:4.54   Bench: 16 reps.

Another player who has spent his entire career at the safety position, Burnett is also another underclassmen stepping into the draft early.  Heading into the '09 season, Burnett was considered the second best safety prospect behind only Eric Berry.  A sub par (for Burnett) performance in early '09, coupled with excellent years and combines by Taylor Mays and Nate Allen has seen him dropped a bit in the perception games, and some are questioning his decision to skip out on his senior year in college, but Burnett was still a ball-hawking free safety with decent zone coverage skills and decent run pursuit this past season.

Burnett possess reasonable speed and strength, and is being projected as a SS on most teams in the NFL, but also as a possible FS in a Cover 2 scheme.  He is knocked for poor tackling skills, poor man-to-man coverage skills, stiff hips and occasionally over-pursuing and running himself out of plays.

He is credited with great instincts and the ability to read a Qbs eyes very well, as well as great hands, great closing speed, and exceptional play diagnostics.  It seems that all of his shortcomings are fundamental, and thus correctable.

Some video.......


Pick 6

Big hit

Pick, and pick

Insane concentration pick

Burnett could very well end up being one of the best value picks in the draft if he falls into the third or fourth round, as he has been projected by some.

Myron Lewis:

Stats Overview Tackles Misc Interceptions
2006 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2007 48 33 15 0 0 0 2 0 1 24 24.0 24 0 0
2008 76 51 25 5 0 0 1 0 5 -3 -0.6 1 0 0
2009 41 26 15 0 0 0 0 0 4 50 12.5 29 0 0

40 Time: 4.52    Bench: 10 reps

Lewis is kind of an interesting option, as he is projected to make the switch from collegiate corner to NFL free safety........and he fills a yearly requirement for Chicago in that he's from Vanderbilt.  I'm joking (I think) but, seriously, Myron Lewis is no joke.  Rising quickly up the draft chart, the 6'2" 203lb Lewis is impressing enough that he may have taken himself into the second round, and thus out of Chicago's current reach.

His listed assets include his hands, his speed, his instincts, diagnostic ability and the ability to read a QB's eyes, as well as good Zone coverage and decent man-to-man coverage.

And his noted cons include needing to improve his hips, a somewhat slight build, his footwork and backpedaling, and his perchance for taking big gambles.

Some video..... (not much to be found, as the Commodores are seldom televised)

INT with Lewis commenting

So what direction should Chicago go?

<em>This FanPost was written by a Windy City Gridiron member, and does not necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of its staff or community.</em>

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