Baltimore Ravens State of the Corps: Safety

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Unfortunately, the safety class in the upcoming NFL Draft is not very deep, but there are a couple of guys the Ravens might look at after the first round: Adrian Amos out of Penn State and Derron Smith of Fresno State.

Adrian Amos

Jan 22, 2015; Mobile, AL, USA; North squad safety Adrian Amos of Penn State (4) runs through passing drills during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Amos is a versatile defensive back who primarily plays free safety but who also played quite a lot of nickel corner in sub-packages at Penn State. Amos could definitely play free safety in the NFL if he has the speed, but his draft stock may have dropped a little after his 4.52 second 40-yard dash at the Combine.

Amos did address that disappointing time by running a 4.39 second 40-yard dash at his pro day, however. Lance Zierlein, a writer for the NFL, said “Amos checks all the boxes when it comes to strong football intelligence, a willingness to digest tape and cover skills… he can fit with a coordinator looking for playmakers and chance-takers. He must prove that he can play with greater overlap.” A playmaker is exactly what the Ravens need at free safety, so Amos is definitely worth a look.

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