4. Corner to Free Safety Transition isn’t a big leap
Jan 4, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) makes a catch as New Orleans Saints cornerback Corey White (24) defends during the third quarter during the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Saints defeated the Eagles 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
More and more cornerbacks are being asked to make the transition to safety and it is paying off for teams. Current Saints safety Jairus Byrd played cornerback and made the move to free safety. He’s been an all-pro ever since.
Patriots safety Devin McCourty was a cornerback when he came into the league. Both players were instinctive and had experience in zone coverage, just like White.
Devin McCourty had this to say about his transition from corner to safey,
"I think that’s the biggest difference. I think corner is all about repetition and technique. You don’t have to talk as much or really know as much about what’s going on defense. But you have to be very sound technique-wise. I say it’s easier for me to go from corner to safety than to go back to corner. That’s a tougher transition."