Safeties: The new breed

Originally Published: November 20, 2006
By Tom Luginbill | Scouts Inc.
The safety position may be the one position that has evolved as much as any over the last decade or so. The old safety -- the big, physical intimidating player who could fill the lane versus the run and "de-cleat" receivers across the middle of the field -- is almost non-existent in today's game, and many of those types have made the transition to outside linebacker, though some still play strong safety.