Berry should and will absolutely be in the top 10. I''m surprised anyone accepted this challenge. Berry's talent alone suggest he "should" be in the top 10, and honestly, you could easily discuss this guy among the top 5 picks overall.
If he slips out of the top 10, some teams with major issues at safety just don't know how to run their franchise.
The Redskins and Chiefs both will look long and hard at Berry, regardless of whether they draft him or an OL player. But does Berry drop much past 5 if they don't take him? No way. The chance at getting an Ed Reed-type safety does not come often.
Reed was picked in the 20's, Troy picked I think 15 or 16. DB's drop while QB's move up the board. You can always find a safety. You mentioned the Skins who have drafted safeties twice in the top 10 in the last 6 years. Sadly Sean Taylor was killed so that didn't work out but has LaRon Landry done anything? Darren Sharper, Mike Brown and Brian Dawkins were all second rounds picks while John Lynch was a third rounder.
This is an absolute NO BRAINER! If the question were whether or not he would go in the top 5, it might be a little tougher. I would go so far as to say he's one of the top 3 prospects in the draft and the only reason he won't be drafted that high is because of team needs. If he gets by either the Skins or the Chiefs (which is a big IF), there is absolutely no way he gets by the Browns. Reed and Palamalu are precisely why he won't fall past 10. My Browns have been getting tortured by those two guys for years, so they know firsthand what a difference a play-making safety can make.
There is a reason those guys don;t get drafted high and it is because you can find them later in the draft. Safety is not a high need spot where you have to have a first rounder. Like QB very few make it who weren't first round picks. Someone like Myron Rolle will fall into the right spot and overall make a bigger impact then Berry that is how is goes
The thing is, there are a few elite safeties who can change the way an offense gameplans. Ed Reed is one. Troy Polamalu is another. Having those guys makes everyone around them better. You WANT guys like that on your team. Polamalu went 15th overall and because there were teams who thought like you and figured "we can pick one up later", they missed out on greatness. I think if you can see right off the bat that someone is going to be a truly elite player in the league, you'd be stupid to pass on that guy if you pick in the top 10 regardless of position. You are in the top 10 for a reason. Get the incredibly talented guy and show some guile. Berry is a top 3 talent in this draft. That is why he needs to be picked top 10.
Ronnie Lott is the only hall of fame safety who was selected in the top 10. You don't build around a safety who plays 15 to 20 yards off the ball. There is a reason guys like Suh and McCoy are going in the top three and that is because you win football games in the trenches. Interceptions and touchdowns look nice but they aren't what win championships
I actually agree that you win the game in the trenches. However, these days, safeties are becoming leaders of defenses. It's no longer just MLBs that take that leadership role. I agree that the pro bowlers come from different rounds, but factor in that they didn't get there or to the Super Bowl in their rookie year. For many of those guys, it took time to make a true impact. It won't take Berry that long. He will make an impact from the first place he steps on the field. You know he's incredible now and that's why you cannot pass on him unless you have a troy polamalu or something. I mean, would you pass on Michael Jordan because generally, dominant centers win championships? Oops, sorry Portland......
It is becoming clear the masses agree with you but you aren't going to change my mind. A safety is only as good as the guys in front of him. If a team like the Eagles wanted to trade up and take him then I would say that's a good move but a team like the Browns of Bucs who have so many holes at other key spots would be making a mistake
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