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NFL1000 Safety Rankings: The Good and The Bad

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A Look Ahead

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Jairus Byrd, #6 (84/100)

"Coverage, 36/40: One of the top free agents available this offseason, Jairus Byrd (5’10”, 203 lbs, five seasons) provides everything you’re looking for from a safety. Last season he spent a lot of time in single-high looks for the Bills defense, providing good range and great instincts from the safety position. While Byrd excels when in space, he’d drop down and line up in man coverage at times as well. Run Defense, 13/15: Nobody is going to describe Byrd as a physical thumper in run defense, but he isn’t afraid to stick his nose in there and drive through contact, either. A willing and able tackler, Byrd has a great mix of athleticism and physicality when initiating contact with ball-carriers."

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