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Scouts Eye: AFC West safeties

Originally Published: March 28, 2011
By Matt Williamson | Scouts Inc.
Each Monday, Matt Williamson from Scouts Inc. breaks down a key position group in a division. Last week, he reviewed NFC South quarterbacks. Today, he reviews and ranks the AFC West safeties from best to worst.

1. Kansas City Chiefs

[+] EnlargeEric Berry
AP Photo/Ed ZurgaThe Chiefs' secondary, led by Eric Berry, is young and talented.
The Chiefs are very young at safety. But this position, where they are led by Eric Berry, also is extremely promising. Berry has superb playmaking skills to go along with elite athleticism and versatility. He had some recognition issues in his rookie season, but that isn't uncommon for young cover men. Berry's run support is apparent already. Overall, he remains a tremendous second-year prospect and could quickly become one of the best safeties in all of football. Fellow 2010 rookie Kendrick Lewis was a pleasant surprise as well. He logged a lot of snaps and, like Berry, should only improve in his second year. The Chiefs look to be set at this position for years to come. But adding one player -- probably a veteran with versatility and special teams skills -- seems like a logical move for depth. Jon McGraw has been targeted by opposing quarterbacks throughout his career and could end up playing elsewhere because he is a free agent.

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