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NFL draft preview: Safeties

NFL draft preview: Safeties

Tenth in a series exploring the April 26-28 NFL draft. Next: Defensive ends.

There are more teams looking for safeties than there are desirable safeties in this draft. As a result, look for some to be drafted too high. Aside from Mark Barron, there aren't any safeties worth considering early in the draft and few worth considering before the late rounds.

The best

1. Mark Barron, Alabama, 6-1, 213. He is tough, smart and competitive and should be a fine leader in the secondary. He is very adept in run support, as he takes good angles and makes secure tackles. Barron has not been asked to cover a lot, and his coverage skills could...