Originally Posted by BamaFalcon59
Let's get real. ST was very, very good. But he wasn't on the level of TP or ER at the time of his death. He had a ton of potential, but to say that he would be head and shoulders above two potential Hall of Fame safties is stretching it.
For most of his career, he wasn't, but before he died IIRC he was getting serious DPOY buzz(albeit early in the season). It's far from a given, but based on his potential, his age(24), and the big turn in the right direction his life was taking, I don't think it's too much of a stretch.