Colts NFL Draft: Safety Prospect Watch

As we move on with our positional prospect watch, we are gonna take a look at the Safety position. The Colts Safeties have been inconsistent most of the year. Laron Landry, when healthy, has been very good against the run, but with a guy like him, you are always gonna battle with injuries. Antoine Bethea has been decent. He’s more than capable of being a perineal Safety in this league, but as of late, he has been lost in coverage. Rookie QB Case Keenum really exposed him in the first half of the Colts vs Texans game just a few weeks ago, when Andre Johnson had an outstanding game. With our backups, I’m actually a big fan of Delano Howell, who was placed on IR earlier this year, and Sergio Brown. Sergio Brown has been outstanding on special teams, and is hoping to get a chance to play in the Pro Bowl this year.

It’s not clear yet, but I think there is a 50/50 chance that we resign Antoine Bethea, who is a free agent after this year. I think with his lack of production and age, there is a great chance we let him go. With the injury history of Laron Landry, it’s evident this team needs a starter to replace Bethea.

With that said, let’s take a look at some prospects the Colts should be looking at

LaMarcus Joyner, Florida State- Joyner is also capable of being a nickel Cornerback, but with his size (5’8 180 pounds), I think his best fit would be at safety. With Joyner, you’re getting a high motor, extremely athletic guy. He has good ball skills and is a phenomenal tackler. He also could help out with special teams as a returner. When watching Joyner, I see flashes of a Troy Polamalu.

Ahmad Dixon, Baylor- Dixon is a senior that is projected to go in the 2nd-3rd round in this years draft. He is fast and great in the run game (like Laron Landry). He’s got good footwork but at times takes bad angles to the ball. He is also good in coverage, jumps routes at times, but shows a lot of confidence.

Calvin Pryor, Louisville- Pryor is quickly becoming one of my favorite prospects in this years draft. He is a big hitting guy that is not afraid to stick his nose in the ball. Some of his hits might lead to helmet-to-helmet penalties in the NFL, but his tackling ability is very good. Has good size for his position, which helps in the passing game. He shows at times that he can be a factor in coverage, but needs to be more consistent. Reminds me of former Colt, Bob Sanders (when healthy).

I think Safety is a big need for this team. They need a physical guy that is good in both coverage and against the run. Picking a Safety in the early rounds of the draft is going to be important, but it’s a bit of a deep safety class nonetheless.

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