Dowling is best last line of defense

Originally Published: December 18, 2009
By Bill Conley | Scouts Inc.
Defensive backs and especially safeties are the last line of defense in preventing the big play. The best safeties are those who can read, react and physically execute the fundamentals and skills of secondary play. A complete safety has the instincts and leadership of a field general, the ball skills of a wide receiver and the tenacity of a linebacker, depending upon the situation at hand. The bottom line for a safety is reliability in terms of making the calls and adjustments as needed, along with physically not allowing the big run or long bomb that can result in a quick score by the opposing offense.

Best pass-defenders

Jonathan Dowling
Michael WhiteJonathan Dowling is the No. 1-ranked safety in the nation.