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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Safeties

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is the most complete safety prospect in this year’s draft class. (Photo: Matthew Emmons — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

The need to be able to stop the run out of nickel and dime defensive packages to match up with spread offensive formations has put the safety position in high demand. Having a safety who can come up and play near the line of scrimmage, but also has the range and instincts to play in single-high looks, goes a long way in being able to field an aggressive defensive scheme.

Two prospects in the 2014 NFL draft in particular offer the ability to perform well in both area, and they received first-round grades as a result.

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2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Louisville S Hakeem Smith

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Louisville’s Hakeem Smith is keeping a positive attitude as he looks to be a potential selection in this year’s NFL draft. (Photo: Howard Smith — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Calvin Pryor is projected to be one of the first safeties selected and potentially a first-round pick in this year’s NFL draft, but he might not be the only Louisville safety to hear his name called this year.

While his counterpart made a name for himself through game-changing plays and explosive hits, Hakeem Smith was a more discreetly productive player. He doesn’t get the early-round projections that Pryor does, but the case could be made that Smith, a four-year starter, was the more reliable and consistent of Louisville’s two starting safeties.

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Teddy Bridgewater, DeVante Parker and Other Prospects to Watch in Russell Athletic Bowl

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will be in the spotlight in Saturday’s Russell Athletic Bowl vs. Miami. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Although the bowl season spotlight shines brightest after New Year’s Eve, few NFL draft prospects will face higher expectations going into their bowl games than Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the projected No. 1 overall pick should he declare for the 2014 NFL draft, will when the Cardinals (11-1) play the Miami Hurricanes (9-3) Saturday in the Russell Athletic Bowl (6:45 p.m. ET, ESPN) in Orlando.

Bridgewater will certainly be in the spotlight Saturday evening, . His leading wide receiver, DeVante Parker, is another potential early-round draft selection if he declares for this year’s draft as a junior. His quarterback adversary in this game, Miami’s Stephen Morris, is also an intriguing NFL prospect.

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