Creating a depth chart at this juncture is really an exercise in futility because odds are we will be changing personnel there both from free agency and then the draft and also because the uncertainty of whether long time S Reshad Jones will return. This is how I see it if Reshad comes back.
S – Eric Rowe , Bobby McCain
S – Reshad Jones, Stephen Parker
In free agency there are a lot of older safeties on the market but there a few younger ones that might be able to help. Damarious Randall has played CB and S for both GB and the Browns, the last 2 years at safety with the Browns. Justin Simmons is a big safety at 6’2 220 and has played both FS and SS. Simmons has 11 INT’s for the Broncos in 4 seasons and last year which is arguably his best season he had 15 pass break ups. Anthony Harris who played for the Vikings for the last 4 seasons played his last season exclusively at safety after splitting time the previous seasons at CB and S. He also had his best season with 6 INT’s. HaHa Clinton-Dix is also a FA and has toiled at S for the Packers, Skins and Bears. He’s only 27, I thought he was older. Tre Boston is also available. Our own Walt Aikens is a FA and I won’t be surprised in the least if he returns here, mostly as a special teams ace.
In the draft, we will have a shot at the best safeties but as you know, we have higher priorities on other positions so I don’t expect us to take a safety until at least the 2nd RD. Supposedly there is a big drop in talent after the first tier. Xavier McKinney from Alabama and Grant Delpit from LSU are the 2 highest rater with McKinney at the top, followed by Antoine Winfield who is only 5’9 with short arms. Ashtyn Davis, Kyle Dugger and Julian Blackmon round out the field.
An awful lot will depend on whether the Dolphins want Reshad back and whether he has the desire to return this season. It seems as though the Bobby McCain experiment is over and he will return to nickel corner which leaves us pretty thin at the position.There are so many more safeties that Flores might have his eye on both in FA and the draft, but we do need to get some depth there for sure and if Reshad isn’t back, a starting caliber player for sure.
Have any of you seen the renderings of the draft stage in Las Vegas? Insane! They’re creating a stage in the fountains at the Bellagio and supposedly they’re going to have a boat bring the Prospects to the stage when they’re name is called. Here’s a pic of the stage that they might build.