2009 Draft Countdown: Safeties

With the 2009 NFL draft only days away, we offer our extensive position-by-position breakdown. Each report includes an analysis of the Dolphins' status at the position, the likelihood of a draft pick being spent at the position, a look at which prospects the Dolphins have worked out or visited with, a list of the top prospects, and the sleepers. We continue with the safeties.

Where the Dolphins stand: As was the case at cornerback, the Dolphins replaced one start lost in free agency with a free agent pick-up, in this case Gibril Wilson coming in to take over for Renaldo Hill. Wilson, however, is a more established player than new cornerback Eric Green and he should start alongside Yeremiah Bell, who re-signed before hitting free agency. The backups at this time include Courtney Bryan, newcomer Ethan Kilmer and special teams standout Tyrone Culver.

Likelihood of the Dolphins using a pick at the position: Unless the Dolphins find themselves staring at a prospect rated much higher than the draft spot at the time, the likelihood is the Dolphins will not be picking a safety in this draft.

The top prospects: 1. Louis Delmas, Western Michigan; 2. Patrick Chung, Oregon; 3. William Moore, Missouri; 4. Chip Vaughn, Wake Forest; 5. Darcel McBath, Texas Tech; 6. Rashad Johnson, Alabama; 7. Michael Hamlin, Clemson; 8. David Bruton, Notre Dame; 9. Emanuel Cook, South Carolina; 10. Chris Clemons, Clemson

Summary: Just like it's not a great year for cornerbacks, the same certainly holds true at safety. Unless you count Ohio State cornerback Malcolm Jenkins at that position — if that's where he ends up in the NFL — there's not a first-round pick in the group. Among the top prospects at safety, perhaps the most intriguing is Moore, who looked like a big-time prospect as a junior but had a disappointing senior season.

Sleepers: Colt Anderson, Montana; Dre'Mail Hardin, Stillman; Allen Nelson, McNeese State

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