NFL Draft 2012: Safety Options Outside Of Round One

Yesterday we took a look at some options the Eagles might have at linebacker outside of their first round pick. Today ESPN's draft blog has some possibilities at another potential area of need. Safety.

T.J. McDonald*, USC (77)
McDonald committed three personal fouls in the Arizona State game, and the Pac-12 suspended him for a half after a hit on Stanford WR Chris Owusu, so, with the NFL placing such a high premium on player safety, McDonald has to become a more fundamentally sound tackler. He also needs to take better angles at times, but he's a big hitter capable of bolstering the run defense and can make plays in coverage.

Harrison Smith, Notre Dame (70)
At 6-2 and 213 pounds, Smith is an effective tackler who is big enough to line up in the box. He doesn't have the speed or agility teams covet at safety, but he isn't a below-average athlete, either. He's fluid enough to stay with most tight ends and has enough range to cover the deep half.

George Iloka, Boise State (68)
Iloka would struggle if asked to match up with slot receivers in man coverage, and, like McDonald, will miss the occasional hit trying to deliver a knockout blow. However, 6-3 and 216-pound Iloka has the long arms to keep blockers off of his frame and the strength to hold his own when asked to line up at linebacker depth in run support.

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