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Sunday, April 26, 2009
Probably not the right kind of safety in Chicago

By Kevin Seifert

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

Chicago finally found a safety in the 2009 draft, but it doesn't look like he projects as the type of coverage-oriented free safety they're in dire need of.

Oregon State's Al Afalava, taken midway through the sixth round, was a late-rising draft prospect who was not invited to the combine. He was known for his hitting and intimidation in college, not so much for his coverage skills. In fact, one of the first things you find when you Google him is a video clip of a monster hit against Oregon. Note that the receiver held on to the ball.

You can get good value at the safety position deep in the draft, and you would think Afalava has a chance to be a dynamite special teams player. But a starting free safety? At this point, that's probably a stretch.