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Draft breakdown at the forgotten position

Reader John Williams was looking at my Dolphins early draft needs analysis and realized I forgot a very important position of need: Safety.

Sure enough, the safety spot will be an issue for the Dolphins in the coming offseason in that starting strong safety Yeremiah Bell and starting free safety Renaldo Hill are unsigned and the Dolphins don't really have apparent stars waiting in the shadows behind them. Remember that Jason Allen, the first-round pick in 2006, has been moved to cornerback.

Anyway, here is the look at the safety spot in the draft:

Taylor Mays of USC and William Moore of Missouri are the consensus first-round picks. Mays is a monster at 6-4 and 225 pounds and he runs a 4.47 which is stunning. The fact is he is not a robot back there but actually shows coverage as well as hitting ability.

Moore is more fluid, perhaps because he is slightly smaller. But he's not small at 6-1 and 225 pounds. In 2007 Moore had seven interceptions and was a second team All-American but he has had little impact this year without a pick. Some folks are blaming the Missouri defensive scheme for this because it asks Moore to play as many as three different positions in a game.

The next tier of guys includes Nic Harris of Oklahoma, Derrick Pegues of Mississippi State and Patrick Chung of Oregon.

Harris has played cornerback. He has spent time at linebacker. He is also something of a freak in that he is 6-3 and 230 pounds and runs a 4.5 in the 40.

Pegues is not built in the mold of the other two in that he is only 5-10 and 196 pounds. But what he lacks in size he more than makes up in agility and speed. He run a 4.42 and is less than 100 yards from breaking the SEC record for kickoff return yards. He projects as a second or third rounder.

Chung is 6-foot and 210 pounds. He is Oregon's kick returner, he is the second-leading tackler and he is considered a solid leadership guy as a senior. Chung is another one of these versatile athletes that plays mutliple positions. He has been a linebacker and a safety. Now he's listed as a rover for the Ducks.

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