2023 NFL Draft - Top Safeties

Most Recent Update: 5/16/2022 7:00 PM EST



Rank O/A Chng Player/School Ht/Wt Elig. BIO
1
21
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Jordan Battle
Alabama
6'1"
206
RJR
2
30
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Christopher Smith II
Georgia
5'11"
190
RSR
3
35
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Malachi Moore
Alabama
6'0"
190
JR
4
41
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Brandon Joseph
Notre Dame
6'1"
192
RJR
5
50
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Jalen Catalon
Arkansas
5'10"
200
RJR
6
68
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J.L. Skinner
Boise State
6'4"
220
SR
7
74
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Ronnie Hickman
Ohio State
6'1"
205
RJR
8
106
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Demani Richardson
Texas A&M
6'1"
210
RJR
9
115
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DeMarcco Hellams
Alabama
6'1"
208
RJR
10
121
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Tykee Smith
Georgia
5'10"
198
RJR
11
128
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Lathan Ransom
Ohio State
6'0"
205
JR
12
139
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Trey Dean III
Florida
6'2"
206
RJR
13
144
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Kenderick Duncan Jr.
Louisville
6'2"
225
RSR
14
151
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Jammie Robinson
Florida State
5'11"
203
RJR
15
156
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Lannden Zanders
Clemson
6'1"
210
RJR
16
175
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Jordan Toles
LSU
6'1"
203
JR
17
185
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Rashad Torrence II
Florida
6'0"
205
JR
18
205
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Xavier Henderson
Michigan State
6'0"
210
RSR
19
210
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Akeem Dent
Florida State
6'1"
203
RJR
20
219
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Isheem Young
Iowa State
5'10"
210
RJR
21
223
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Ja'Von Hicks
Cincinnati
6'1"
205
RSR
22
253
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Ladarius Tennison
Auburn
5'10"
198
JR
23
255
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Jaydon Grant
Oregon State
6'0"
193
RSR
24
265
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Beejay Williamson
Louisiana Tech
6'0"
195
RJR
25
269
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Ja'Qurious Conley
North Carolina
6'1"
210
JR
26
276
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Quindell Johnson
Memphis
6'0"
195
RSR
27
298
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Evan Williams
Fresno State
6'1"
198
SR
28
299
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Patrick McMorris
San Diego State
6'0"
210
SR
29
307
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Jordan Anderson
Bowling Green
5'10"
200
SR
30
310
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A.J. Finley
Ole Miss
6'3"
205
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).


















2023 Position Rankings
-- Safeties --
Most Recent Update:5/16/2022

Position Rank

1

Overall Rank

21

Jordan Battle

Alabama

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

206

Position Rank

2

Overall Rank

30

Christopher Smith II

Georgia

RSR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

190

Position Rank

3

Overall Rank

35

Malachi Moore

Alabama

JR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

190

Position Rank

4

Overall Rank

41

Brandon Joseph

Notre Dame

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

192

Position Rank

5

Overall Rank

50

Jalen Catalon

Arkansas

RJR

Height:

5'10"

Weight:

200

Position Rank

6

Overall Rank

68

J.L. Skinner

Boise State

SR

Height:

6'4"

Weight:

220

Position Rank

7

Overall Rank

74

Ronnie Hickman

Ohio State

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

8

Overall Rank

106

Demani Richardson

Texas A&M

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

210

Position Rank

9

Overall Rank

115

DeMarcco Hellams

Alabama

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

208

Position Rank

10

Overall Rank

121

Tykee Smith

Georgia

RJR

Height:

5'10"

Weight:

198

Position Rank

11

Overall Rank

128

Lathan Ransom

Ohio State

JR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

12

Overall Rank

139

Trey Dean III

Florida

RJR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

206

Position Rank

13

Overall Rank

144

Kenderick Duncan Jr.

Louisville

RSR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

225

Position Rank

14

Overall Rank

151

Jammie Robinson

Florida State

RJR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

203

Position Rank

15

Overall Rank

156

Lannden Zanders

Clemson

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

210

Position Rank

16

Overall Rank

175

Jordan Toles

LSU

JR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

203

Position Rank

17

Overall Rank

185

Rashad Torrence II

Florida

JR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

18

Overall Rank

205

Xavier Henderson

Michigan State

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

210

Position Rank

19

Overall Rank

210

Akeem Dent

Florida State

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

203

Position Rank

20

Overall Rank

219

Isheem Young

Iowa State

RJR

Height:

5'10"

Weight:

210

Position Rank

21

Overall Rank

223

Ja'Von Hicks

Cincinnati

RSR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

22

Overall Rank

253

Ladarius Tennison

Auburn

JR

Height:

5'10"

Weight:

198

Position Rank

23

Overall Rank

255

Jaydon Grant

Oregon State

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

193

Position Rank

24

Overall Rank

265

Beejay Williamson

Louisiana Tech

RJR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

195

Position Rank

25

Overall Rank

269

Ja'Qurious Conley

North Carolina

JR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

210

Position Rank

26

Overall Rank

276

Quindell Johnson

Memphis

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

195

Position Rank

27

Overall Rank

298

Evan Williams

Fresno State

SR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

198

Position Rank

28

Overall Rank

299

Patrick McMorris

San Diego State

SR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

210

Position Rank

29

Overall Rank

307

Jordan Anderson

Bowling Green

SR

Height:

5'10"

Weight:

200

Position Rank

30

Overall Rank

310

A.J. Finley

Ole Miss

SR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

205