I keep reading how Eric Berry is the surest pick in the 2010 draft. That he's the most starter-ready of any amongst the top tier, the next Ed Reed. I haven't seen enough of his play to know, but what I DO know is that we also kept hearing last year how Aaron Curry was the safest and surest pick in the 2009 draft. Obviously he wasn't being compared to Ed Reed, but still.
Notwithstanding Curry's potential, wouldn't you say his rookie season was a bit lacklustre versus, oh, Ryan Clady, who was drafted 8 spots lower? Maybe I'm presuming that safe = ready to play, instead of long-term potential, but that's how it seems this concept is being used.