Strong Safety The New Running Back Position?


Kicking around the back of the old Merlin brain is a thought I want to toss out for comments. As we know, our current strong safety, Mike Brown has an injury filled history. Bob Sanders, the elite strong safety of the Colts makes news when he plays a game, not when he is out. Sanders has played in two games this year. Going into his sixth season he has averaged nine games played a year. Another elite strong safety, seventh year player Troy Polamalu had played in five games this year. There are rumors that Troy is done for the year. Troy has played a full season only once in the last four seasons.

This brings me to Eric Berry from the University of Tennesee. If he declares for the draft, he will probably be the best defensive player in the draft not named Suh. We have a huge need for a ball hawk, run stuffing strong safety. However, I am wondering. Is the strong safety postion becoming like the running back position? By that I mean, is it turning into the type of position where a player burns out fast? These players seem to play six or seven years and they break down physically.

With this in mind, would it be more prudent to grab a left tackle in round one? If you hit on a left tackle you should be set for ten years plus. Does the history of elite wrecking ball type strong safties like Sanders and Polamalu give you pause?

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