The risk of drafting a safety high

Pete King of Sports Illustrated brought up a great point in his latest column.

Of the safeties taken in the top 10 picks this century, none have become franchise players. That includes Roy Williams (Dallas, 2002), Sean Taylor (Washington, 2004), Michael Huff (Oakland, 2006), Donte Whitner (Buffalo, 2006), LaRon Landry (Washington, 2007).

Even if you don't consider Taylor, that's not a good track record. Also consider some of the bet safeties -- Ed Reed, Troy Polamalu and Bob Sanders. Those three have missed 78 games in a total of 21 seasons.

So although Eric Berry may be a rare find at safety, he may be no sure thing. And if he is, his health may not hold up. But if there's one player who can make it, it's Berry.

John Morgan of Field Gulls is working on his breakdown of Berry, so make sure to head over there and check out his play-by-play analysis. Also make sure to dig the rest of King's column. There's a good bit about Tim Tebow.

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