2023 NFL Draft - Top Safeties

Most Recent Update: 1/29/2023 7:00 PM EST



Rank O/A Chng Player/School Ht/Wt Elig. BIO
1
18
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Antonio Johnson
Texas A&M
6'3"
200
JR
2
29
 -10
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Jordan Battle
Alabama
6'1"
206
RJR
3
41
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Christopher Smith II
Georgia
5'11"
190
RSR
4
50
 -30
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Brandon Joseph
Notre Dame
6'1"
192
RJR
5
62
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Rashad Torrence II
Florida
6'0"
205
JR
6
72
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Tykee Smith
Georgia
5'10"
198
RJR
7
79
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J.L. Skinner
Boise State
6'4"
220
SR
8
88
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Ronnie Hickman
Ohio State
6'1"
205
RJR
9
90
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Trey Dean III
Florida
6'2"
206
RJR
10
111
 -5
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John Torchio
Wisconsin
6'1"
211
SR
11
115
 -5
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Jammie Robinson
Florida State
5'11"
203
RJR
12
118
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Beejay Williamson
Louisiana Tech
6'0"
195
RJR
13
133
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Ji'Ayir Brown
Penn State
5'11"
208
RSR
14
140
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Stephan Blaylock
UCLA
5'11"
193
RSR
15
146
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Avery Young
Rutgers
6'0"
205
RSR
16
147
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Kenderick Duncan Jr.
Louisville
6'2"
225
RSR
17
152
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Quindell Johnson
Memphis
6'0"
195
RSR
18
157
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Trevon Flowers
Tennessee
5'11"
200
SR
19
193
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Gervarrius Owens
Houston
6'0"
200
SR
20
194
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Khoury Bethley
Arizona State
5'11"
205
GR
21
220
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Kendall Smith Jr.
Illinois
6'1"
205
SR
22
226
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Jalen Green
Mississippi State
6'0"
200
RSR
23
239
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Jason Taylor II
Oklahoma State
6'0"
215
RSR
24
247
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Hunter Reynolds
Utah State
6'0"
200
GR
25
255
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Christian Young
Arizona
6'3"
222
RSR
26
280
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Jay Ward
LSU
6'2"
188
SR
27
289
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Sydney Brown
Illinois
6'0"
205
RSR
28
290
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Ja'Von Hicks
Cincinnati
6'1"
205
RSR
29
292
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DeMarcco Hellams
Alabama
6'1"
208
RJR
30
319
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Chamarri Conner
Virginia Tech
6'0"
205
RSR
31
322
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Jaiden Woodbey
Boston College
6'0"
222
GR
32
326
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Jaydon Grant
Oregon State
6'0"
193
RSR
33
331
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Xavier Henderson
Michigan State
6'0"
210
RSR
34
373
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Kaevon Merriweather
Iowa
6'0"
212
SR
35
390
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A.J. Finley
Ole Miss
6'3"
205
SR
36
416
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Daniel Scott
California
6'2"
215
RSR
37
430
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Brandon Hill
Pitt
5'11"
195
RJR
38
435
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Kendell Brooks
Michigan State
6'0"
215
SR
39
443
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Jordan Howden
Minnesota
6'0"
209
RSR


Safeties Drafted by Round
Round 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 Avg
RD1 3 0 0 0 3 1.2
RD2 3 3 5 4 1 3.2
RD3 3 1 4 2 4 2.8
RD4 2 2 3 5 4 3.2
RD5 2 8 2 2 3 3.4
RD6 6 5 4 3 2 4.0
RD7 4 2 2 1 0 1.8
Total 23 21 20 17 17 19.6


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).


















2023 Position Rankings
-- Safeties --
Most Recent Update:1/29/2023

Position Rank

1

Overall Rank

18

Antonio Johnson

Texas A&M

JR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

200

Position Rank

2

Overall Rank

29

Jordan Battle

Alabama

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

206

Position Rank

3

Overall Rank

41

Christopher Smith II

Georgia

RSR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

190

Position Rank

4

Overall Rank

50

Brandon Joseph

Notre Dame

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

192

Position Rank

5

Overall Rank

62

Rashad Torrence II

Florida

JR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

6

Overall Rank

72

Tykee Smith

Georgia

RJR

Height:

5'10"

Weight:

198

Position Rank

7

Overall Rank

79

J.L. Skinner

Boise State

SR

Height:

6'4"

Weight:

220

Position Rank

8

Overall Rank

88

Ronnie Hickman

Ohio State

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

9

Overall Rank

90

Trey Dean III

Florida

RJR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

206

Position Rank

10

Overall Rank

111

John Torchio

Wisconsin

SR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

211

Position Rank

11

Overall Rank

115

Jammie Robinson

Florida State

RJR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

203

Position Rank

12

Overall Rank

118

Beejay Williamson

Louisiana Tech

RJR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

195

Position Rank

13

Overall Rank

133

Ji'Ayir Brown

Penn State

RSR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

208

Position Rank

14

Overall Rank

140

Stephan Blaylock

UCLA

RSR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

193

Position Rank

15

Overall Rank

146

Avery Young

Rutgers

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

16

Overall Rank

147

Kenderick Duncan Jr.

Louisville

RSR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

225

Position Rank

17

Overall Rank

152

Quindell Johnson

Memphis

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

195

Position Rank

18

Overall Rank

157

Trevon Flowers

Tennessee

SR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

200

Position Rank

19

Overall Rank

193

Gervarrius Owens

Houston

SR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

200

Position Rank

20

Overall Rank

194

Khoury Bethley

Arizona State

GR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

21

Overall Rank

220

Kendall Smith Jr.

Illinois

SR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

22

Overall Rank

226

Jalen Green

Mississippi State

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

200

Position Rank

23

Overall Rank

239

Jason Taylor II

Oklahoma State

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

215

Position Rank

24

Overall Rank

247

Hunter Reynolds

Utah State

GR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

200

Position Rank

25

Overall Rank

255

Christian Young

Arizona

RSR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

222

Position Rank

26

Overall Rank

280

Jay Ward

LSU

SR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

188

Position Rank

27

Overall Rank

289

Sydney Brown

Illinois

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

28

Overall Rank

290

Ja'Von Hicks

Cincinnati

RSR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

29

Overall Rank

292

DeMarcco Hellams

Alabama

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

208

Position Rank

30

Overall Rank

319

Chamarri Conner

Virginia Tech

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

31

Overall Rank

322

Jaiden Woodbey

Boston College

GR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

222

Position Rank

32

Overall Rank

326

Jaydon Grant

Oregon State

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

193

Position Rank

33

Overall Rank

331

Xavier Henderson

Michigan State

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

210

Position Rank

34

Overall Rank

373

Kaevon Merriweather

Iowa

SR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

212

Position Rank

35

Overall Rank

390

A.J. Finley

Ole Miss

SR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

36

Overall Rank

416

Daniel Scott

California

RSR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

215

Position Rank

37

Overall Rank

430

Brandon Hill

Pitt

RJR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

195

Position Rank

38

Overall Rank

435

Kendell Brooks

Michigan State

SR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

215

Position Rank

39

Overall Rank

443

Jordan Howden

Minnesota

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

209

Safeties Drafted by Round
Round 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 Avg
RD1 3 0 0 0 3 1.2
RD2 3 3 5 4 1 3.2
RD3 3 1 4 2 4 2.8
RD4 2 2 3 5 4 3.2
RD5 2 8 2 2 3 3.4
RD6 6 5 4 3 2 4.0
RD7 4 2 2 1 0 1.8
Total 23 21 20 17 17 19.6