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NFL's best safeties of 2012

San Diego's Eric Weddle grades out as the league's top safety last season

Updated: August 28, 2013, 9:37 AM ET
By Khaled Elsayed | Pro Football Focus

Last year at Pro Football Focus we graded some spectacular performances. So to give you a glimpse of what really stood out, we're highlighting the top 10 players in every NFL position group during the 2012 season -- as well as how they project in 2013.

Up next, it's the safeties, with the top 10 including both free safeties and strong safeties to bring you the best from last year. The positions aren't completely identical in our grading system, so we've created a common ground to cross-compare the players.

Note: You can find out more about the grading system and process here.


Weddle

1. Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers
2012 Grade: +27.7

Analysis: When you're looking at the most complete safety in the league at the moment, you need not look any further than Weddle. Capable of playing as a deep safety or coming down to assist in the run game, Weddle graded positively in every aspect of the game. He gave up just 0.25 yards per snap in his coverage (the fourth-lowest mark of all safeties) while leading his peers with a 7.3 run stop percentage.

Trending: When you're the best, getting better is hard. However, Weddle has improved over the past three years (he's graded in the top five of our safeties rankings the past three years), and only an injury will see that change.

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