While it wasn’t quite a tossup, it was a lot closer than the position group this season.
The long shot I spoke of earlier was just one pick away from cashing. Assuming New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick wanted him no matter what, the legendary head coach shocked many when he took safety Kyle Dugger out of Division II Lenoir-Rhyne just one pick after McKinney was drafted.
Dugger had the fifth-best odds among all safeties to be the first selected at +4000. If there were in fact any Dugger ticket-holders out there, my hat is off to you.
So it’s not to say any of these long shots are bad bets, it just seems highly unlikely to me something that comes close to happening again.
Last season, the class’s best safety also played linebacker in Isaiah Simmons and that was the designation he took on in the draft.
Like the race for the first linebacker or offensive lineman being taken off the board, a bet on the first safety to come off the board will not be on my card come draft night.