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NFL1000 Safety Rankings: The Good and The Bad

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The Good

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Rafael Bush, #12 (81/100)

"Coverage, 34/40: Rafael Bush (5’11, 200 lbs, three seasons) displays great range playing deep safety. He breaks well on the ball and has excellent change-of-direction fluidity when reacting in pass coverage. While most of his time is spent in zone, Bush expertly covers crossing patterns across the middle and has the athleticism to provide cornerbacks help outside of the numbers as well. Tackle, 20/20: When Bush sticks his nose in there, he’s actually an excellent tackler. He does a great job of breaking down and flying in under control when he’s attempting to make a play. Bush missed just one tackle last season."

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Kenny Vaccaro, #5 (86/100)

"Run Defense, 14/15: As a mix between a free and strong safety, Vaccaro’s pre-snap alignment allowed him to key in on the run. He showed up big there, making aggressive plays on the ball and proving reliable in the open field as a tackler. Tackle, 20/20: A sure thing when making a play on a ball-carrier, Vaccaro does an excellent job limiting yards after contact and bringing down the runner the first time. In 14 games, the rookie missed just three tackles. And not only that, he can make the ball-jarring hit, too."

Read the complete analysis here.