Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Eric Berry makes his presence known
By Bill Williamson
Kansas City second-year safety Eric Berry represents the AFC West well in our safety Power Rankings, which were released Tuesday.
Berry was ranked fifth. That is a tremendous feat for a player after his rookie season. Berry -- the No. 5 overall pick of the 2010 draft -- made a splash as a rookie. He made the Pro Bowl and he became a major part of the upstart defense that keyed a surprising division title for Kansas City.
Berry is surely a player on the rise, who could be the premier player at his position in a few years. I was cautious with my ranking of Berry. I put him eighth because I think there are several fine safeties in the league. However, upon reflection, I have no problem seeing Berry finish fifth. Four voters ranked Berry eighth but he did receive a fourth-place vote. He benefited from the fact that several players received votes.
The only other AFC West safety to receive a vote was San Diego’s Eric Weddle. That came courtesy of my ninth-place vote. I think Weddle is a playmaker, who is a tad underrated around the league. But if Weddle hits the free-agent market, I don’t think he’ll be underrated by teams. He'll be popular.