Originally Posted by PonyExpress
Mike Lombardi has great things to say about Reggie Nelson, and predicts he will be a pro bowl performer. This is interesting, because there was a great debate on this site about Reggie Nelson's ability, with many people disparaging his pro prospects prior to the draft.
Lombardi today suggests he will be a better NFL safety than Laron Landry.
It was a good safety class, Landry, Nelson, Griffin and Merriweather. I am still stunned that NE took the 4th Safety in round 1.
Nelson - I haven't seen much of Nelson as a pro but he was a playmaker in college, he is a little thin but if he can hold up physically then he could be a really good FS.
Landry - He has looked damn good, he makes some bone headed plays but has all he tools. I expect him to be a pro-bowl player.
Griffin - The few games I saw he was actually playing CB, CB is more of a premium position than S. If he can cover on the outside he should have no problems at S.
Merriweather - Physical player, he can hit. Good athlete. Took some time to get comfortable with the system. Hands of stone, absolutely brutal cement gloves. Maybe he was nervous last year but you can usually hear the ball clank off his paws.
Eric Weddle - He has looked very good for SD, from what I have seen he would be much more of a difference maker in the NE system than Merriweather. Think Eugene Wilson before his brain got all messed up.