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Tuesday Combine Recap: Safeties Fail To Impress

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Feb 28, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Mark Barron watches others workout during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 28, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Mark Barron watches others workout during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Below average safety crop exposed running 40s - CBSSports.com. There are a couple problems when discussing the Green Bay Packers depth at safety. First, literally no one knows whether Nick Collins can return to football next season. While everyone wants him to come back, it will depend on what the doctors tell him when he's reevaluated in March. Second, the 2012 crop of safeties is really weak.

Alabama's SS Mark Barron is recovering from hernia surgery, but he looks like a heck of a player. He's No. 30 out of the top 30 players, but he's projected to go in the middle of the first round because he's clearly the best safety in the draft.

Notre Dame's Harrison Smith had been mentioned as a possibility for the Packers, but his 4.57 40-yard dash time only looked good by comparison. That's about as fast as Andrew Luck, who's time was really good for a quarterback, but not for a safety. Smith could be a good player, but he shouldn't be a first round pick.