2020 NFL Draft - Top Safeties

Most Recent Update: 10/6/2019 7:00 PM EST




Rank O/A Chng Player/School Ht/Wt Elig. BIO
1
3
 +4
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Grant Delpit
LSU
6'3"
203
JR
2
32
 +1
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Xavier McKinney
Alabama
6'1"
196
JR
3
38
 +8
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Ashtyn Davis
California
6'1"
201
rSR
4
49
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Isaiah Simmons
Clemson
6'4"
225
RJR
5
59
 +10
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Richard LeCounte
Georgia
5'11"
190
JR
6
64
 +15
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Brandon Jones
Texas
6'0"
210
SR
7
71
 +23
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Alohi Gilman
Notre Dame
5'11"
201
SR
8
94
 +57
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Antoine Winfield Jr.
Minneosta
5'10"
207
JR
9
117
 +27
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J.R. Reed
Georgia
6'1"
199
SR
10
135
 -22
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Hamsah Nasirildeen
Florida St
6'3"
216
JR
11
161
 NEW
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Eric Lee Jr.
Nebraska
6'0"
215
SR
12
164
 -41
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Myles Dorn
North Carolina
6'1"
198
SR
13
172
 -16
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Marcelino Ball
Indiana
6'0"
220
JR
14
193
 -29
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Kyle Dugger
Lenoir-Rhyne
6'2"
205
SR
15
204
 -8
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David Dowell
Michigan State
6'1"
205
SR
16
214
 -39
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Jaquarius Landrews
Mississippi St.
5'11"
197
SR
17
215
 +14
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Shyheim Carter
Alabama
6'0"
195
SR
18
234
 -3
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Josh Metellus
Michigan
5'11"
215
SR
19
251
 NEW
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Tyler Coyle
Connecticut
6'0"
207
RJR
20
260
 -19
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Jalen Elliott
Notre Dame
6'0"
207
SR
21
261
 -17
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James Wiggins
Cincinnati
6'0"
206
JR
22
272
 NEW
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Shaun Wade
Ohio State
6'1"
194
RSR
23
292
 -40
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Jordan Fuller
Ohio State
6'2"
205
SR
24
311
 -46
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Julian Blackmon
Utah
6'1"
195
SR
25
332
 -64
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Kenny Robinson Jr.
West Virginia
6'2"
202
JR
26
347
 -55
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Antoine Brooks Jr.
Maryland
5'11"
210
SR
27
372
 -54
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Brenton Nelson
Virginia
5'10"
191
JR
28
388
 -83
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Nigel Warrior
Tennessee
6'0"
191
SR
29
403
 -52
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Dylan Singleton
Duke
5'11"
190
SR
30
409
 -79
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Reggie Floyd
Virginia Tech
6'0"
222
SR
31
439
 -66
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Tanner Muse
Clemson
6'2"
231
SR
32
443
 -61
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K'Von Wallace
Clemson
5'11"
210
SR
33
450
 -51
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Richie Grant
Central Florida
6'0"
194
RJR
34
459
 -45
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Juju Hughes
Fresno State
5'11"
188
SR
35
469
 -57
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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).