Jairus Byrd
FS - Jairus Byrd (#31)
Date of Birth: October 7, 1986
Height: 5 ft 10 in
Weight: 203 lbs
Place of Birth: San Diego, California
College: Oregon

The Buffalo Bills drafted Jairus Byrd with the 42nd pick, in the 2nd round of the 2009 NFL Draft. The son of two-time Pro-Bowl cornerback Gill Byrd, Jairus was born to be a ballhawk. He finished his collegiate career as an All-Pac 10 first-team selection with 83 tackles and 5 interceptions in 2008. It was a bit of a shocker that the Bills drafted a defensive back so early, as it was considered a position of strength, however it proved to be a great choice.

When starting safeties, Donte Whitner and Bryan Scott suffered injuries early in the 2009 season, Byrd was forced to start. He thrived - actually he was sensational - tying the all-time NFL record for two or more interceptions in three consecutive games. He finished the season with 9 interceptions in just 11 games, tied for 1st in the league with New Orleans Saints star Darren Sharper. He was selected to the Pro-Bowl, and was 2nd in Rookie of the Year voting, to convicted steroid user, Brian Cushing.

Since then Byrd has not lived up to his display of play-making he did as a rookie, but has become a much better all-around player, especially at tackling. He is a proven talent at free safety, and will continue to improve. If he can regain some of his turnover ability he showed as a rookie, he could vault himself into the elite level of NFL free safeties.