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Landry appears poised to be next great safety

Once overlooked, safeties are now a glamour position in the NFL and this year's draft class has a shining star in LaRon Landry, Len Pasquarelli writes.

Originally Published: April 24, 2007
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

In the past 20 years, there has never been an NFL draft in which safeties outnumbered cornerbacks selected in the first round, and not since 1991 has there been a year when as many safeties as cornerbacks were selected in the opening stanza.

In the same two-decade stretch, first-round cornerbacks outnumbered safeties more than 2-to-1, 69-28. Only six times in that period has the first defensive back off the board been a safety and not a cornerback. There were nine drafts in the past 20 years ...

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