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Safety gaining respect in draft

Harrison Smith (Matt Cashore/USP)

Cornerbacks are usually more highly valued than safety, but Mark Barron and Harrison Smith being selected in the first round showed a respect for the position, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Queried last week about the thinnest positions in this year's draft, a veteran and highly respected personnel executive identified fullback, center, safety and tight end as "definitely among" the most shallow talent pools. So while it was somewhat surprising to see center Peter Konz of Wisconsin and Stanford tight end Coby Fleener still on the board at the end of Round 1 – two prospects...

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