Dowling is best last line of defense
What Scouts Inc. looks for: To be a sound safety versus the pass, it takes a player who has both route recognition and ball skills. He must break quickly from the middle of his zone or from the hash to make a play on the pass or separate the receiver from the football on contact. The safeties who have good leaping ability are extremely valuable in jump-ball and deep-pass situations. Even though safeties aren't asked to play man-to-man coverage as much as corners, they must be able to go one-on-one in certain situations and consistently shut down the big play.
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