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Where are the safe picks?

The most durable, successful selections may defy traditional thinking

Originally Published: April 22, 2011
By Dan Riccio and Kimberly Meyer | ESPN Stats & Information

The 2009 Kansas City Chiefs were the second-worst defense in the NFL when pressuring opposing passers with one or more defensive backs, allowing an opposing passer rating of 101.9 with secondary pressure. This deficiency was among the reasons they used a top-five pick on safety Eric Berry in the 2010 draft.

Although defensive backs traditionally do not come off the board that early, Berry was considered the top safety in the draft class. He helped the Chiefs improve their blitz pressure ...

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