2022 NFL Draft - Top Safeties

Most Recent Update: 4/27/2022 7:00 PM EST



Rank O/A Chng Player/School Ht/Wt Elig. BIO
1
5
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Kyle Hamilton
Notre Dame
6'4"
210
JR
2
27
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Daxton Hill
Michigan
6'0"
195
JR
3
35
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Lewis Cine
Georgia
6'1"
190
JR
4
46
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Jalen Pitre
Baylor
6'3"
198
SR
5
52
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Jaquan Brisker
Penn State
6'1"
210
SR
6
81
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Kerby Joseph
Illinois
6'1"
200
JR
7
82
 +10
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Cam Taylor-Britt
Nebraska
5'11"
196
SR
8
85
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Bryan Cook
Cincinnati
6'1
210
SR
9
89
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Nick Cross
Maryland
6'0"
215
JR
10
111
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Verone McKinley III
Oregon
5'10"
196
RJR
11
125
 +55
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J.T. Woods
Baylor
6'2"
193
SR
12
131
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Tre Sterling
Oklahoma State
6'1"
207
RSR
13
189
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Leon O'Neal Jr.
Texas A&M
6'1"
210
SR
14
197
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Daniel Wright
Alabama
6'0"
195
RSR
15
202
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Smoke Monday
Auburn
6'2"
196
SR
16
204
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Tycen Anderson
Toledo
6'2"
210
SR
17
207
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Brad Hawkins
Michigan
6'1"
218
SR
18
210
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Qwynnterrio Cole
Louisville
6'3"
190
SR
19
214
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Kolby Harvell-Peel
Oklahoma State
6'0"
210
SR
20
216
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Antwan Collier
Florida A&M
6'3"
195
SR
21
219
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Nolan Turner
Clemson
6'1"
205
SR
22
224
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Delarrin Turner-Yell
Oklahoma
5'10"
198
SR
23
235
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Percy Butler
Louisiana
6'0"
194
SR
24
238
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Isaiah Pola-Mao
USC
6'3"
205
RSR
25
243
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Yusuf Corker
Kentucky
6'0"
192
RSR
26
252
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Bubba Bolden
Miami (FL)
6'2"
200
RSR
27
259
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Dane Belton
Iowa
6'2"
205
JR
28
271
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Amari Burney
Florida
6'2"
224
SR
29
286
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Reed Blankenship
Middle Tennessee
6'1"
200
RSR
30
334
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Keith Gallmon
South Alabama
5'10"
205
SR
31
361
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Juanyeh Thomas
Georgia Tech
6'1"
212
SR
32
371
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Kekaula Kaniho
Boise State
5'11"
188
RSR
33
373
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Elijah Hicks
California
5'11"
200
RSR
34
374
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Sterling Weatherford
Miami (OH)
6'4'
221
SR
35
382
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Markquese Bell
Florida A&M
6'3"
205
SR
36
388
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Greg Eisworth
Iowa State
5'11"
198
SR
37
403
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Qwuantrezz Knight
UCLA
6'0"
199
SR
38
407
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Todd Harris Jr.
LSU
6'0"
195
RSR
39
408
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Kyler McMichael
North Carolina
6'0"
210
JR
40
437
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Jack Koerner
Iowa
6'0"
204
SR
41
448
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Quentin Lake
UCLA
6'0"
195
RSR
42
452
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Tariq Carpenter
Georgia Tech
6'3"
230
RSR
43
459
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Drew Hartlaub
Penn State
5'11"
180
RSR
44
487
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Scott Nelson
Wisconsin
6'2"
205
RSR
45
531
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Jahron McPherson
Kansas State
6'0"
205
RSR

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).


















2022 Position Rankings
-- Safeties --
Most Recent Update:4/27/2022

Position Rank

1

Overall Rank

5

Kyle Hamilton

Notre Dame

JR

Height:

6'4"

Weight:

210

Position Rank

2

Overall Rank

27

Daxton Hill

Michigan

JR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

195

Position Rank

3

Overall Rank

35

Lewis Cine

Georgia

JR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

190

Position Rank

4

Overall Rank

46

Jalen Pitre

Baylor

SR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

198

Position Rank

5

Overall Rank

52

Jaquan Brisker

Penn State

SR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

210

Position Rank

6

Overall Rank

81

Kerby Joseph

Illinois

JR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

200

Position Rank

7

Overall Rank

82

Cam Taylor-Britt

Nebraska

SR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

196

Position Rank

8

Overall Rank

85

Bryan Cook

Cincinnati

SR

Height:

6'1

Weight:

210

Position Rank

9

Overall Rank

89

Nick Cross

Maryland

JR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

215

Position Rank

10

Overall Rank

111

Verone McKinley III

Oregon

RJR

Height:

5'10"

Weight:

196

Position Rank

11

Overall Rank

125

J.T. Woods

Baylor

SR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

193

Position Rank

12

Overall Rank

131

Tre Sterling

Oklahoma State

RSR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

207

Position Rank

13

Overall Rank

189

Leon O'Neal Jr.

Texas A&M

SR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

210

Position Rank

14

Overall Rank

197

Daniel Wright

Alabama

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

195

Position Rank

15

Overall Rank

202

Smoke Monday

Auburn

SR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

196

Position Rank

16

Overall Rank

204

Tycen Anderson

Toledo

SR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

210

Position Rank

17

Overall Rank

207

Brad Hawkins

Michigan

SR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

218

Position Rank

18

Overall Rank

210

Qwynnterrio Cole

Louisville

SR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

190

Position Rank

19

Overall Rank

214

Kolby Harvell-Peel

Oklahoma State

SR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

210

Position Rank

20

Overall Rank

216

Antwan Collier

Florida A&M

SR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

195

Position Rank

21

Overall Rank

219

Nolan Turner

Clemson

SR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

22

Overall Rank

224

Delarrin Turner-Yell

Oklahoma

SR

Height:

5'10"

Weight:

198

Position Rank

23

Overall Rank

235

Percy Butler

Louisiana

SR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

194

Position Rank

24

Overall Rank

238

Isaiah Pola-Mao

USC

RSR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

25

Overall Rank

243

Yusuf Corker

Kentucky

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

192

Position Rank

26

Overall Rank

252

Bubba Bolden

Miami (FL)

RSR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

200

Position Rank

27

Overall Rank

259

Dane Belton

Iowa

JR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

28

Overall Rank

271

Amari Burney

Florida

SR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

224

Position Rank

29

Overall Rank

286

Reed Blankenship

Middle Tennessee

RSR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

200

Position Rank

30

Overall Rank

334

Keith Gallmon

South Alabama

SR

Height:

5'10"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

31

Overall Rank

361

Juanyeh Thomas

Georgia Tech

SR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

212

Position Rank

32

Overall Rank

371

Kekaula Kaniho

Boise State

RSR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

188

Position Rank

33

Overall Rank

373

Elijah Hicks

California

RSR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

200

Position Rank

34

Overall Rank

374

Sterling Weatherford

Miami (OH)

SR

Height:

6'4'

Weight:

221

Position Rank

35

Overall Rank

382

Markquese Bell

Florida A&M

SR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

36

Overall Rank

388

Greg Eisworth

Iowa State

SR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

198

Position Rank

37

Overall Rank

403

Qwuantrezz Knight

UCLA

SR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

199

Position Rank

38

Overall Rank

407

Todd Harris Jr.

LSU

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

195

Position Rank

39

Overall Rank

408

Kyler McMichael

North Carolina

JR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

210

Position Rank

40

Overall Rank

437

Jack Koerner

Iowa

SR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

204

Position Rank

41

Overall Rank

448

Quentin Lake

UCLA

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

195

Position Rank

42

Overall Rank

452

Tariq Carpenter

Georgia Tech

RSR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

230

Position Rank

43

Overall Rank

459

Drew Hartlaub

Penn State

RSR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

180

Position Rank

44

Overall Rank

487

Scott Nelson

Wisconsin

RSR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

45

Overall Rank

531

Jahron McPherson

Kansas State

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

205