The NFL Network’s scout Daniel Jeremiah made some interesting tweets yesterday regarding two potential New England Patriots 2013 NFL Draft targets at the safety position in Matt Elam of the Florida Gators and D.J. Swearinger of the South Carolina Gamecocks.
It seems like Elam is falling in the view of several scouts, and that’s coincided with the rise of Florida International DB Jonathan Cyprien on many boards. As Cyprien starts to get first-round tags by scouts, Elam is starting to be viewed as a second-rounder. Jeremiah tweeted that he views Elam as a second-rounder after a follower asked about Elam. He said he loves his aggressiveness, but chalk up Jeremiah as somebody who is likely concerned with Elam’s coverage ability and range.
Chalk me up as somebody who isn’t quite as concerned from a Patriots perspective, because those concerns on Elam are at free safety. The Patriots already have Devin McCourty locked in place at FS and are looking for a replacement at strong safety. Elam’s coverage ability translates well to the strong side, and that’s why I still view him as worthy of a late first-round choice if the Pats still have a need at SS.
D.J. Swearinger was the other safety that a follower asked Jeremiah about, and he responded that he hasn’t watched Swearinger yet but that the South Carolina safety is “getting a lot of buzz in scouting circles”.
All I can say is “finally”. Swearinger is a very underrated safety, in my opinion, and is a perfect fit at strong safety. He’s great in run support and is an electrifying hard-hitter worthy of a high or mid second-round choice as one of the top 50 prospects in this draft class. I’ve fallen in love with Swearinger’s ability at strong safety, and he would be an excellent pick for the Pats if he falls in the late second and the Pats don’t choose a safety in the first. It’s good to hear that Swearinger is finally getting some “buzz”.
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