Over the past 2-3 years on this messageboard, I have repeatedly made the same point: The majority of teams with a good pass defense have at least one truly dependable, game changing safety. I now think it goes even further. Every team with a great defense requires at least one really talented safety. Here have been some of my past points: 1. Almost every recent playoff team has had probowl level safety play from at least one safety spots. Taking last year as an example: Superbowl Winner - NO Saints - Sharper and Harper - Both had probowl years Superbowl Loser - Colts - Bathea - Probowl year Cardinals - Wilson & Rolle Ravens - Reed Packers - Collins Patriots - Merriweather Eagles - Mikell (I dont think Vikes, Jets, Cowboys or Chargers had a probowl safety) The interesting thing is that 70% of the teams with a probowl safety made the playoffs. And the rest (with the exception of Buffalo) were extremely close. 2. Probowl safety play results in teams winning the turnover battle. You can check previous posts for stats on this. Look at the Steelers with and without Polamalu for a good example 3. And now I have a 3rd stat. Teams that draft 1st round safeties see immediate turn arounds on defense. (Stats will be rankings of opponent passer rating, rather than ypg) 2010 Chiefs - Drafted Berry in 1st round - Currently rank 11, last year ranked 20th Seahawks - Drafted Thomas in 1st round - Currently rank 16th, ranked 28th last year (Philly and Cleveland both drafted 2nd round safeties, philly improved from 11th to 7th currently, and cleveland remained about the same, in the mid 20s, decreasing slightly) 2009 No 1st round safeties were chosen, but 1st 3 safeties picked were (all 2nd rounders): Lions - Delmas - ranked 32nd before, ranked 32nd after (although they improved statistically- they were just that bad) Patriots - Chung - ranked 23rd before, ranked 13th after Bills - Byrd - ranked 17th before, ranked 2nd after 2008 Only 1 1st rounder, and only 1 second rounder. Giants - Kenny Phillips (1st round) - 17th before, 8th after Vikings - Johnson (2nd) - 23rd before, 16th after Counting this years (even though its not a full year), the average improvement a team gets the year after it spends a high draft pick on a safety in terms of qb rating against is approximately 7 ranking points. Moving from 10 to 3 or 17 to 10. Thats a pretty big jump in a 32 team league. Why does our team seem to undervalue the safety position?