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Teams look for safeties after first round

Despite the emergence of young stars like Ed Reed, the safety position remains more of an afterthought in the draft.

Updated: April 16, 2005, 2:21 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Of the six safeties who appeared in the Pro Bowl nearly three months ago, half were former first-round draft choices. One of them, Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens, was the league's defensive player of the year for 2004. Four of the six have three seasons or less of NFL tenure.

Those are among the glad tidings for a position which has lately begun to produce young standouts such as Reed, Troy Polamalu of Pittsburgh, Arizona's Adrian Wilson, Dallas' Roy Williams, Michael Lewis of Philadelphia ...

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