Lions draft outlook: Safeties

January, 31, 2014
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The all-star games are over. The combine, which is the next area for potential draftees to prove anything, is less than a month away.

Many of the players selected in May’s draft will come from these three all-star games or from underclassmen who decided the time was right to turn professional. Over the next two weeks, pairing with our position outlook series, we’ll take a quick preview look and look back at some names to become familiar with over the next four months as the NFL draft process crawls along.

Today concludes with safeties. It is a position of medium need for Detroit and could depend on how they view Don Carey and what the Lions plan to do with Louis Delmas.

Also changing the format of this a little bit since the all-star games have concluded.

Previous looks: Quarterbacks; Running backs; Wide receivers; tight ends; Offensive tackles; Interior linemen; Defensive ends; Defensive tackles; Linebackers; Cornerbacks.
  • Jimmie Ward (5-10 3/8, 191, Northern Illinois) Ward led the Huskies with 95 tackles. Also had seven interceptions and 10 pass breakups. Had 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack. No. 5 safety.
  • Ahmad Dixon (5-11 1/2, 205, Baylor) AP Second-Team All-American. Reportedly met with the Lions during Senior Bowl week. Made 81 tackles, broke up six passes and an interception. No. 6 safety.
  • Craig Loston (6-0 3/8, 214, LSU) Had 57 tackles, four tackles for loss, three pass breakups and three interceptions this season. Missed three games due to injury. No. 7 safety.
  • Ty Zimmerman (6-1, 199, Kansas State) Made 74 tackles. Intercepted three passes. Had four pass breakups and forced a fumble. No. 8 safety.
  • Vinnie Sunseri (6-0, 2010, Alabama) Decided to enter the draft early after playing only seven games this season. Had 20 tackles, two interceptions and four pass breakups during those seven games. No. 9 safety.
  • Isaiah Lewis (5-10, 205, Michigan State) Had 58 tackles, eight pass breakups and two interceptions as part of an extremely talented secondary. No. 10 safety.

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ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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