Are Impact NFL Safeties Becoming a Thing of the Past?

July 16, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It wasn't too long ago that impact safeties were part of the makeup of the National Football League. The best defenses in the sport boasted someone on the back end who could either lay the wood or cover like a true shutdown cornerback. 
Those times surely have passed. 
Impact safeties are becoming a thing of the past. That's pretty much not in question at this point. I do, however, plan on addressing why they are becoming irrelevant and exactly what led to what promises to be an inevitable extinction of the Ed Reeds and Ronnie Lotts of the world. 
First, let's focus on how front offices around the league seem to be valuing safeties in the draft compared to a few years back. In doing so, it's important to look past the specific rounds some safeties have gone in the draft and look more at production and performance. 
You might be surprised to know that there has been an uptick in safeties selected in the first round over the past few seasons compar...

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