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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Who's the safest pick in the draft?

By Dan Graziano

Posted by's Matt Mosley

Mel Kiper Jr., a frequent contributor to this blog, was asked a few minutes ago to name the "safest player on the board." His initial answer was "nobody," explaining that he never thinks anyone is completely safe.

"[Wake Forest OLB] Aaron Curry would probably fit into that category," Kiper eventually said. "He's not going to be a bust. And he may be a boom. I've had him on top of the Big Board since Oct. 5."

Todd McShay currently has Curry going to the Chiefs at No. 3. He thinks new GM Scott Pioli will fall in love with Curry's versatility.

In other news, Kiper said he didn't think there was a "super elite" quarterback in this draft. If he were drafting for the Lions or Chiefs, he'd try to trade for Matt Cassel before selecting either Mark Sanchez or Matthew Stafford. But he thinks the Patriots will hold onto Cassel for one more season as a "hefty insurance policy."

Who's the player who has the most to lose at the combine? That would be Ohio State cornerback Malcolm Jenkins, according to Kiper. If he runs a solid 40, there's a great chance he's the first defensive back taken. If he runs a mediocre time, there's a good chance he moves to safety. No pressure at all.