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Steelers NFL Draft Forecast: Safeties

Friday, April 20, 2001

By Ed Bouchette, Post-Gazette Sports Writer

Adam Archuleta
6-0, 210
Arizona State
1 Too small to play linebacker, he's a projected strong safety and the best of a sorry lot. Teams rarely draft pure safeties , preferring to sign veterans, free agents or moving aging cornerbacks.

Derrick Gibson
6-1 1/2, 216
Florida State
2 He has all the measurables, but not all of the immeasurables. Not a good tackler nor interceptor. Three-year starter. Good size and speed. Likes to hit, but doesn't wrap up.

Tony Dixon
6-1, 210
3 For some reason, he's been zooming up the charts. It can't be based on speed or production. He was only a part-time starter last season. He does have good size and loves to hit and can go inside and play the run. A strong safety.

Idrees Bashir
6-2, 205
4 Has played both free and strong safety. Not a great ball hawk with just three career interceptions and not a good tackler. Had a year of eligibility left and should have used it.

Hakim Akbar
6-0 1/2, 210
5 He has the total package of size, decent speed and aggressive play. Some say he is too aggressive and overplays the ball. Does not have good ball skills.

Jarrod Cooper
6-0, 220
Kansas State
6 Great workouts have propelled him higher than where he would have been drafted based on his play last season when he was hampered by an injury. Excellent size. He runs better than he plays.

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