Before training camp starts in late July, we’ll take a look at the top players at each position. That’s not necessarily about fantasy football, which is totally based on stats. It’s also based on production, wins and talent. Listed below are the top safeties led by Troy Polamalu.
1)Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers. When healthy, he's a great playmaker and strong against the run. Should go down as one of the all-time greats when his career is over.
2)Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks. Thomas is only 23 and has seven picks in two seasons. He's already one of the best at his position.
3)Ed Reed, Baltimore Ravens. Reed may be towards the end but nobody is smarter or more instinctive. He can't tackle with force due to neck problems.
4)Dashon Goldson, San Francisco 49ers. Goldson intercepted six passes in 2011 and added another pick in the playoffs. He plays the ball very well.
5)Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers. Weddle recorded seven picks and defended 18 more passes. He has a very well-rounded game.
6)Kam Chancellor, Seattle Seahawks. Chancellor is good vs. the pass, evidenced by his 13 passes defensed and four picks.
7)Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs. Berry played just one game in 2011 due to a torn ACL. The previous year, he recorded 92 tackles with four picks in his first season. If healthy, Berry has a chance to be the best safety in the game.
8)Michael Griffin, Tennessee Titans. Griffin has 17 picks in five seasons showing his athleticism. He just has to be more consistent.
9)Jairus Byrd, Buffalo Bills. Byrd has a career-best 98 tackles in 2011 and forced three fumbles. He has great ballhawking skills.
10)Adrian Wilson, Arizona Cardinals. Wilson is built like a linebacker at 6-2, 230 and is great against the run. He also defended 14 passes last year last year. He does turn 33 in October and probably has another year or two left to be an elite safety.