Posted this in another thread but got no response. Thought I'd create a separate thread to see if I could get some to bite. The more I think about the more and more intrigued I get about drafting Zach Brown and converting him to a strong safety. Sounds silly but hear me out. Our issue with the safety position is one part attrition due to free agency and the other part, Eric Smith, more specifically Eric Smith's speed, or lack thereof. Zach Brown would address the latter. IMO Brown is an ideal replacement for Eric Smith; he has all his strengths and none of his weaknesses. Like Smith he would would provide in the box play as the 8th man, intelligence (the kid is really smart) and special teams impact (he was a stud on teams early in his collegiate career). Unlike Smith he is crazy fast and not be a liability in coverage. At 230+ dude would still be the close 3rd fastest guy on defense behind our 2 CBs. When the Pats go double TEs in pass/run situations, we can stay in our base defense cause Brown can outrun either Gronk or Gonz. No longer would he have conundrum of being susceptible to the run because we go nickel, pass because we stay in base or penalty because Brady catches us substituting to match the down and distance. Another argument is that it should be a relatively easy transition for him. If you watch NC play, he was use very much like an in the box safety. They lined him just close enough to the LOS to be considered in the box and far enough for him to avoid the trash. You read any of his scouting reports and they all pretty much say that he is a glorified safety because he is so fluid in coverage. My last argument is the freakish athlete angle, call the JPP effect. Sometimes you gamble on speed and athleticism and get rewarded big. My best friend always tells me when it comes to evaluating basketball players, you start with speed and hops and you can teach the rest. There are no better teachers than our defensive coaching staff IMO. So am I crazy?