2020 NFL Draft - Top Safeties

Most Recent Update: 4/21/2020 7:00 PM EST




Rank O/A Chng Player/School Ht/Wt Elig. BIO
1
18
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Xavier McKinney
Alabama
6'0"
201
JR
2
30
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Antoine Winfield Jr.
Minnesota
5'9"
203
RSO
3
35
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Grant Delpit
LSU
6'2"
213
JR
4
44
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Kyle Dugger
Lenoir-Rhyne
6'1"
217
SR
5
86
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Jeremy Chinn
S. Illinois
6'3"
221
SR
6
87
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Ashtyn Davis
California
6'1"
202
RSR
7
93
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Terrell Burgess
Utah
6'0"
194
SR
8
114
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K'Von Wallace
Clemson
5'11"
206
SR
9
135
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Kenny Robinson Jr.
West Virginia
6'2"
198
XFL
10
148
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Brandon Jones
Texas
5'11"
198
SR
11
149
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Antoine Brooks Jr.
Maryland
5'11"
210
SR
12
153
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J.R. Reed
Georgia
6'1"
199
SR
13
164
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Julian Blackmon
Utah
6'1"
195
SR
14
196
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Shyheim Carter
Alabama
5'10"
194
SR
15
199
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Tanner Muse
Clemson
6'2"
231
SR
16
214
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Michael Ojemudia
Iowa
6'1"
199
JR
17
218
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Kamren Curl
Arkansas
6'2"
198
JR
18
226
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Rodney Clemons
SMU
5'11"
205
SR
19
229
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Harrison Hand
Temple
6'0"
192
SR
20
233
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Alohi Gilman
Notre Dame
5'11"
201
SR
21
257
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Jeremiah Dinson
Auburn
6'0"
191
SR
22
259
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Myles Dorn
North Carolina
6'1"
198
SR
23
270
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Geno Stone
Iowa
5'10"
210
SR
24
294
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Daniel Thomas
Auburn
5'10"
215
SR
25
306
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Eric Lee Jr.
Nebraska
6'0"
215
JR
26
324
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Nigel Warrior
Tennessee
6'0"
190
RJR
27
375
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David Dowell
Michigan State
6'1"
205
SR
28
378
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Jaquarius Landrews
Mississippi State
5'11"
197
JR
29
389
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Josh Metellus
Michigan
5'11"
215
SR
30
415
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Jared Mayden
Alabama
6'0"
205
SR
31
439
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Brian Cole II
Mississippi State
6'2"
210
SR
32
443
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Jaylinn Hawkins
California
6'1"
208
SR
33
454
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Jordan Fuller
Ohio State
6'2"
205
JR
34
478
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Reggie Floyd
Virginia Tech
6'0"
222
SR
35
483
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Jalen Elliott
Notre Dame
6'0"
207
SR


Glossary of Terms
Safety Position
Strong Safety (SS)

A safety that often plays closer to the line of scrimmage and is more often responsible for covering backs/tight ends and defending the run, though is often interchangeable with the Free Safety depending on offensive formation/motion.

Free Safety (FS)

A safety that often plays the deeper portion of the field, with more deep zone coverage responsibilities, though is often interchangeable with the strong safety depending on offensive formation/motion.

Monster/Monsterback

When a strong safety drops down into the box as an extra linebacker in a hybrid role.

Moneybacker/Money LB

Popularized by Deone Buchannon and the Arizona Cardinals, similar to a monster backer but often stays on the field with both safeties present, creating a 3-safety alignment.

"Rock-n-Roll"

A term used when safeties are interchangeable and will move up or down between the strong and free positions based on formations/offensive shifts

Cover 0

All defensive backs are either blitzing or in man coverage (no help over the top).

Cover 1

All defensive backs are in man coverage except for the free safety who is responsible for the deep middle of the field.

Cover 2

Each safety is in charge of half of the deep portion of the field, CBs can be in man or zone coverage.

Tampa 2

Similar to cover 2, made famous by Tony Dungy in Tampa Bay, but with a twist; the middle linebacker drops into a deeper zone than usual, creating a hybrid cover 2/cover 3 look.

Cover 3

Zone coverage in which two CBs cover one third of the field (each on the outside) while the FS mans the middle third

Quarters

Sometimes called cover 4, is similar to cover 3 except each CB has an outside quarter and each safety has an inside quarter.

Nickel

A formation in which 5 defensive backs are in the field (one in the slot).

Dime

A formation in which 6 defensive backs are in the field (two in the slot).