The Senior Bowl Showcases Depth at Safety

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Kent State Golden Flashes wide receiver Josh Boyle (19) is tackled by Northern Illinois Huskies linebacker Jamaal Payton (33) and Northern Illinois Huskies safety Jimmie Ward (15). Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Kent State Golden Flashes wide receiver Josh Boyle (19) is tackled by Northern Illinois Huskies linebacker Jamaal Payton (33) and Northern Illinois Huskies safety Jimmie Ward (15). Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Yesterday, we highlighted some of the top 3-4 outside linebacker prospects that the Green Bay Packers might take a close look at in the Reese’s Senior Bowl this weekend. Today, we’ll take a brief look at what the safety prospects offer.

As we all know, safety is one of–if not the biggest–need for the Packers this offseason. Morgan Burnett underperformed and did not live up to his contract extension this past season. M.D. Jennings lacked big-play production and didn’t provide much of a physical presence in the box.

With underclassmen Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Calvin Pryor, and Ed Reynolds all declaring for the draft, the safety position suddenly looks much deeper this year than it first appeared. In fact, it seems these three early-entries may also be the top three safety prospects in the 2014 draft class.

Clinton-Dix is certainly a first-rounder. Depending on who you ask, Pryor is a first or second-round guy, and Reynolds is an early-rounder that could rise up draft boards with good numbers at the NFL Combine and pro day workouts.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to see these players play this week because they’re juniors, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of early-round safety talent among the senior players.

There will be at least four senior safety prospects that could go in the second or third round, and several who could be immediate starters and impact players at the next level. Safety is one of the deepest position groups at the Senior Bowl this week.

As a Packers fan, I would keep a close eye on the following prospects.

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