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2013 NFL draft: Safety rankings

The St. Louis Rams could use help at safety next season. Is there anyone in the draft worth taking a look at?


It's not a stretch to think that the St. Louis Rams will be looking at safeties in the 2013 NFL Draft. In fact, most would consider it to be one of the team's chief needs. This happens to be a better draft class for safeties than previous groups, including a few names that could be on teams' radars with picks late in the first round.

Dan Pompei at the National Football Post has a list of some potential safety prospects that could help an NFL team. A few names to consider:

Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

6-1, 218. One front office man compared him to Rodney Harrison; another said he reminded him of Troy Polamalu. Vaccaro is a high energy safety who plays with instincts and physicality. He is highly competitive and has explosive movements. He can go get the football.

He grades out pretty good in zone coverage, which is what the Rams really need at the position. He's likely a first-round pick in the eyes of most.

Here's another name Pompei mentions:

Bacarri Rambo, Georgia, 6-0, 210. He is a pure free safety with a good feel for the passing game. Rambo has good ball skills and makes plays. He isn't a very physical tackler, but he gets his man on the ground. Two scouts said character issues could affect his draft stock.

The free safety tag could really help the Rams, as mentioned earlier. Pompei isn't a personnel guy, so take this as you should any list of potential drafts picks ... one man's opinion. He doesn't mention Eric Reid from LSU or Tony Jefferson from Oklahoma.