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Eric Berry (SS)
  • Height:
    6'0"
  • Weight:
    211 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 1/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 5/8 in.
  • College:
    Tennessee
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: Kansas City Chiefs
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 5 (5)
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Pick Analysis: The Chiefs ignore their needs along the offensive line to add a dynamic playmaker in the secondary. As a safety with rare corner-like skills, Berry is capable of roaming the deep middle or covering slot receivers in man-to-man. With his underrated blitz skills, Berry figures to be an important part of Romeo Crennel's aggressive defense.

Overview

Berry has been the most active secondary player for the Volunteers over the past three years. Berry has average size for the safety position but plays bigger than his dimensions would suggest. He is a physical run support player when filling the alley as well as a hard-nosed defender in the passing game. He is a confident player with great leadership skills. Eric shows great vision and instincts reacting to plays as they develop. He anticipates well to jump routes and make a play on the ball. Berry is a good blitz defender that has a good sense of when to hit a crease. He plays with a high motor that works through trash to get to the pile. Berry doesn’t have impressive size but the combination of athleticism, instincts, toughness, production and leadership qualities make him one of the top safety prospects in the 2010 draft.


Strengths

Berry has a supreme blend of strength and athleticism for a defensive back. One of college football’s most productive players during the last three seasons. Is a very smart defender who displays outstanding instincts. Has tremendous range when playing the run or pass. Very aggressive coming up in run support. Has the leadership qualities to mold into a future team captain.

Weaknesses

Not many areas of concern with Berry. Front offices must check shoulder surgery. Only possesses average size for a safety at the next level but plays bigger than his listed measurables.

Grade

8.6

 

Video Playlist

  • Berry All-Access

    Published: April 23, 2010 at 04:46 a.m.

    Follow new Chiefs safety Eric Berry, the No. 5 overall pick, on draft day.

  • Chiefs take Eric Berry

    Published: April 22, 2010 at 08:24 p.m.

    The Chiefs select Tennessee S Eric Berry with the No. 5 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

  • A Berry Busy Day

    Published: April 21, 2010 at 05:16 p.m.

    Eric Berry visits CBS' Early Show and meets with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

  • A New York minute

    Published: April 21, 2010 at 03:10 a.m.

    Spend a day with Eric Berry in the Big Apple as he prepares for draft night.

  • Eric Berry vs. Earl Thomas

    Published: April 15, 2010 at 07:04 p.m.

    Mike Mayock and Charley Casserly debate which player is the top safety in the draft.

  • 2010 Draft Vignettes - Eric Berry, Tennessee

    Published: April 13, 2010 at 02:40 p.m.

    A look at NFL draft prospect Tennessee safety Eric Berry.

  • First Draft: Eric Berry

    Published: April 9, 2010 at 08:47 p.m.

    Find out why Eric Berry believes he's ready for the NFL and draft day in New York.

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