Does a great job of reading the quarterback's eyes
Gets out of backpedal cleanly and breaks on ball
Good route recognition
Doesn't miss tackles
Elite range in pass coverage
Turns INTs into TDs
Aggressive against the run
Closes in on ball-carrier quickly
Scheme and position versatility (FS or SS)
Plays through pain
Elite skill set
Nice work ethic
Lacks some upper body strength
Inconsistent when taking angles against the run
Could perfect his backpedal as he has a tendency to get too high
Left shoulder needs to check out medically
Summary: Eric Berry is an elite talent and a top-10 pick. It is as simple as that, barring injury next season. Berry is one of those few individuals where it just seems like this is what he was born to do. He is a natural on the football field with the intangibles to boot. He will also be coached by one of the best defensive coordinators of all time in Monte Kiffin who knows how to coach the strong safety position (John Lynch and Jermaine Phillips).
What really impresses me about Berry is he reportedly played all of the 2008 season with a nagging shoulder injury, which he then had surgery on in December. Berry is the No. 1 prospect in the 2010 NFL Draft, in my opinion.
Player Comparison: Ed Reed. Both players are 5-11 with a surreal knack for the game of football and have the ball skills, range, and playmaking ability you look for.
@billsfan1234 I do agree that Howard is a HOF talent but I don't see him as a good fit for the Bills at this time. They still have Clay, a talented TE, and Taylor does not show a desire to throw the ball down the seam into tight coverage. The Bills effectively have nothing at WR, especially if you consider Watkins is likely out 4-6 games. So I think Williams is a better pick especially considering that they would have to move up to get Howard. They done that a few times in recent history with less than spectacular results. Plus there are other TE's in this draft that can help them. None like Howard of course but you don't build a franchise off a TE.