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Position Outlook- Safety

This is my latest installment of my series called Position Outlook, where I will be profiling each position and the players that Dallas has for that position. I will be giving MY opinion on the relative strength of the position, and how likely I think Dallas will be drafting that position in the 2012 NFL Draft. I will include All current players+ practice squad in this evaluation.

Now I will be using Stats from NFL.com(where applicable) and NFLDraftScout.com(where applicable) as the basis for my Evaluation. I will also be giving the Contract Info via Rotoworld.com. Once I have shown the players, I will rank them using the 5 star method as Follows:

5 Stars- Minimum Amount of Quality Starters at Position and At least one quality Backup for Position= BPA only if player is ranked significantly higher than any other player, and would not be a factor in FA

4 Stars- Minimum amount of Quality Starters at position, Unproven Depth = Address as BPA and FA for Depth

3 Stars- Minimum of one Quality player at starter, young, but unproven Depth=slight need, BPA in rounds 4-7 preferably, look to fill need in FA

2 Stars-Serviceable Starter(s), No Depth = solid need, BPA if within rounds 1-3 if not taken care of in Free Agency

1 Star- No Quality players at starter nor in depth= major need, Draft no later than 2nd round, would take precedence over BPA if Gap is close enough, and is a must target in Free Agency

The series so far:


QB position 3 stars

Offensive Tackle position 4 stars

Offensive Guard position 3 stars

Offensive Center position 5 stars

Cornerback position 2 stars

It seems that there is some confusion to the rankings. The grade is merely what I think the relative strength of the position itself is. I am not saying that any one group is "better than another" To Illustrate: I gave the Tackle position 4 stars, yet I gave the center position 5 stars. This is not to say that Costa and Kowalski are more talented than Doug Free, Tyron Smith and Jeremy Parnell. What the Rankings signify is the combination of TOTAL talent, age, and Contract status of ALL rostered players+Practice squad player FOR EACH Position. I am grading as a Group not individuality. While the Individual grades do impact the overall ranking, a "higher" ranking does not mean "better" or more talented. I hope that this clears up any confusion.

So with out Further ado, here is the Safety Depth Chart;

Free Safety

Gerald Sensabaugh

Danny McCray

Strong Safety

Abram Elam

Barry Church


Practice Squad Players: None

Yeah that is right Dallas only has 4 players on the roster+PS as a safety....and if that gets you upset wait till you see how many WR's Dallas has on the PS, (it is 3 BTW)

Abram Elam

#26 SS
Height: 6-0 Weight: 212 Age: 30
College: Kent State
Experience: 7th season

Combine Invite:
Height: 6000
Weight: 206
40 Yrd Dash:
20 Yrd Dash:
10 Yrd Dash:
225 Lb. Bench Reps:
Vertical Jump:
Broad Jump:
20 Yrd Shuttle:
3-Cone Drill:


Dates:
Height: 6000
Weight: 206
40 Yrd Dash:
20 Yrd Dash:
10 Yrd Dash:
225 Lb. Bench Reps:
Vertical Jump:
Broad Jump:
20 Yrd Shuttle:
3-Cone Drill:



CAREER STATSMORE
Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2011 Dallas Cowboys 12 12 51 40 11 0.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 1
2010 Cleveland Browns 16 15 79 65 14 2.0 0 10 2 18 9.0 18 0 2
2009 Cleveland Browns 16 16 91 74 17 1.0 -- 2 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 1
2008 New York Jets 16 9 69 48 21 2.0 0 3 1 92 92.0 92T 1 3
2007 New York Jets 13 8 53 39 14 0.0 -- 2 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2006 Dallas Cowboys 15 0 13 12 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 1
TOTAL 356 278 78 5.0 0 17 3 110 -- 92 1 8

Contract Information: 8/3/2011: Signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

Gerald Sensabaugh
#43 FS

Height: 6-1 Weight: 208 Age: 28
College: North Carolina
Experience: 7th season

Combine Invite: yes
Height: 6004
Weight: 214
40 Yrd Dash: 4.44
20 Yrd Dash: 2.60
10 Yrd Dash: 1.55
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 17
Vertical Jump: 46
Broad Jump: 11'01"
20 Yrd Shuttle:
3-Cone Drill:


Dates: 03/22/2005
Height: 6004
Weight: 214
40 Yrd Dash:
20 Yrd Dash:
10 Yrd Dash:
225 Lb. Bench Reps:
Vertical Jump:
Broad Jump:
20 Yrd Shuttle: 3.98
3-Cone Drill: 6.80

CAREER STATSMORE
Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2011 Dallas Cowboys 12 12 60 50 10 0.0 -- 3 2 11 5.5 11 0 2
2010 Dallas Cowboys 16 14 71 59 12 2.0 -- 10 5 26 5.2 10 0 0
2009 Dallas Cowboys 15 15 66 47 19 0.0 -- 8 1 0 0.0 0 0 0
2008 Jacksonville Jaguars 16 13 70 59 11 0.0 -- 8 4 38 9.5 23 0 0
2007 Jacksonville Jaguars 2 2 3 3 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2006 Jacksonville Jaguars 16 7 44 37 7 0.0 -- 2 2 8 4.0 8 0 1
2005 Jacksonville Jaguars 16 2 24 19 5 0.0 -- 1 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
TOTAL 338 274 64 2.0 0 32 14 83 -- 23 0 3

Contract Information: 12/9/2011: Agreed to terms on a 5 year 22.5 million contract extention

Barry Church

#42 DB

Height: 6-2 Weight: 220 Age: 23
College: Toledo
Experience: 2nd season

Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6014
Weight: 222
40 Yrd Dash: 4.69
20 Yrd Dash: 2.63
10 Yrd Dash: 1.60
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 19
Vertical Jump: 36
Broad Jump: 10'01"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.17
3-Cone Drill: 6.65
40 Time Range: 4.69-4.83

Dates: 03/16/10
Height: 6014
Weight: 222
40 Yrd Dash: 4.64
20 Yrd Dash: 2.78
10 Yrd Dash: 1.58
225 Lb. Bench Reps:
Vertical Jump:
Broad Jump:
20 Yrd Shuttle:
3-Cone Drill:

CAREER STATSMORE
Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2011 Dallas Cowboys 12 0 26 19 7 0.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2010 Dallas Cowboys 15 0 20 15 5 0.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 1
TOTAL 46 34 12 0.0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 0 1

Contract Information: 4/25/2010: Signed a three-year, $1.227 million contract. The deal included a $12,000 signing bonus. 2011: $405,000, 2012: $490,000, 2013: Restricted Free Agent

Danny McCray

#40 DB

Height: 6-1 Weight: 222 Age: 23
College: LSU
Experience: 2nd season

Combine Invite:
Height: 6006
Weight: 214
40 Yrd Dash:
20 Yrd Dash:
10 Yrd Dash:
225 Lb. Bench Reps:
Vertical Jump:
Broad Jump:
20 Yrd Shuttle:
3-Cone Drill:


Dates: 03/15/10
Height: 6006
Weight: 214
40 Yrd Dash: 4.45
20 Yrd Dash: 2.63
10 Yrd Dash: 1.62
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 23
Vertical Jump: 34
Broad Jump: 09'09"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.36
3-Cone Drill: 6.70

CAREER STATSMORE
Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2011 Dallas Cowboys 12 0 16 13 3 1.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 1
2010 Dallas Cowboys 16 0 22 16 6 0.0 -- 1 1 0 0.0 0 0 0
TOTAL 38 29 9 1.0 0 1 1 0 -- 0 0 1

Contract Information: 4/27/2010: Signed a three-year, $1.215 million contract. 2011: $405,000, 2012: $490,000, 2013: Restricted Free Agent

As you can see Dallas has a couple of decent starting safeties, with a couple of young backups. However both Elam and Sensabaugh are on one year deals and there is no telling if they will be back next year I was however pleasantly surprised , yet disappointed with the Safety Depth. I was impressed with McCray's Speed(sud 4.5 is pretty good, but his explosion and Agility are lacking.... Church is the complete Opposite, poor Speed(4.6+ won't even catch Marion Barber in the open Field) but his Agility and Explosion are dare I say Lee-like. so As it stands with Sensabaugh and Elam not signed past this year, and no depth beyond Church and McCray, who while have shown talent, are deeply flawed,(though together they might be able to play to their strengths, thus limiting their weaknesses). I Have to give this position 2 stars, and that is mostly due too Elam's and Sensabaugh's play this year. So the safety position is the second position to get this: 3 Stars-Minimum of one Quality player at starter, young, but unproven Depth=slight need, BPA in rounds 4-7 preferably, look to fill need in FA

I now Leave you with the Poll, as Always I welcome an Comments and Critiques that you guys have....

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