2020 NFL Draft - Top Safeties

Most Recent Update: 6/11/2019 7:00 PM EST




Rank O/A Chng Player/School Ht/Wt Elig. BIO
1
7
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Grant Delpit
LSU
6'3"
203
JR
2
32
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Xavier McKinney
Alabama
6'1"
196
JR
3
42
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Isaiah Simmons
Clemson
6'4"
225
RJR
4
47
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Richard LeCounte
Georgia
5'11"
190
JR
5
68
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Brandon Jones
Texas
6'0"
210
SR
6
69
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Jalen Thompson
Washington State
6'0"
190
SR
7
71
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J.R. Reed
Georgia
6'1"
194
SR
8
93
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Jordan Fuller
Ohio State
6'2"
205
SR
9
108
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David Dowell
Michigan State
6'1"
205
SR
10
117
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Alohi Gilman
Notre Dame
5'11"
201
SR
11
137
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Julian Blackmon
Utah
6'1"
195
SR
12
149
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Nigel Warrior
Tennessee
6'0"
191
SR
13
152
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Antoine Brooks Jr.
Maryland
5'11"
210
SR
14
169
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Reggie Floyd
Virginia Tech
6'0"
222
SR
15
174
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Dylan Singleton
Duke
5'11"
190
SR
16
194
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Kenny Robinson Jr.
West Virginia
6'2"
202
JR
17
214
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K'Von Wallace
Clemson
5'11"
210
SR
18
248
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Richie Grant
Central Florida
6'0"
194
RJR
19
255
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Juju Hughes
Fresno State
5'11"
188
SR
20
302
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Damar Hamlin
Pitt
6'1"
195
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).