2023 NFL Draft - Top Safeties

Most Recent Update: 4/27/2023 7:00 PM EST



Rank O/A Chng Player/School Ht/Wt Elig. BIO
1
19
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Brian Branch
Alabama
6'0"
190
JR
2
58
 -15
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Antonio Johnson
Texas A&M
6'2"
198
JR
3
72
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Sydney Brown
Illinois
5'10"
211
RSR
4
73
 -10
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Ji'Ayir Brown
Penn State
5'11"
203
RSR
5
81
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Jammie Robinson
Florida State
5'11"
191
RJR
6
95
 -20
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Jordan Battle
Alabama
6'1"
209
RJR
7
98
 +5
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J.L. Skinner
Boise State
6'4"
209
SR
8
103
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Christopher Smith II
Georgia
5'11"
192
RSR
9
114
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Marte Mapu
Sacramento State
6'3"
217
RSR
10
130
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Brandon Joseph
Notre Dame
6'0"
202
RJR
11
138
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Daniel Scott
California
6'1"
208
RSR
12
152
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DeMarcco Hellams
Alabama
6'1"
203
RJR
13
155
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Jay Ward
LSU
6'1"
188
SR
14
175
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Jason Taylor II
Oklahoma State
6'0"
204
RSR
15
178
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Ronnie Hickman
Ohio State
6'0"
203
RJR
16
180
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Jordan Howden
Minnesota
6'0"
203
RSR
17
183
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Kaevon Merriweather
Iowa
6'0"
205
SR
18
185
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Trey Dean III
Florida
6'2"
200
RJR
19
189
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Gervarrius Owens
Houston
6'0"
195
SR
20
198
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Brandon Hill
Pitt
5'10"
193
RJR
21
215
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Chamarri Conner
Virginia Tech
6'0"
202
RSR
22
227
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Anthony Johnson Jr.
Iowa State
6'0"
205
SR
23
244
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Khoury Bethley
Arizona State
5'11"
205
GR
24
248
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Rashad Torrence II
Florida
6'0"
193
JR
25
255
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A.J. Finley
Ole Miss
6'2"
202
SR
26
265
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Avery Young
Rutgers
5'11"
207
RSR
27
281
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Quindell Johnson
Memphis
6'0"
195
RSR
28
297
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Kenderick Duncan Jr.
Louisville
6'2"
225
RSR
29
309
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John Torchio
Wisconsin
6'1"
211
SR
30
322
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Bennett Williams
Oregon
6'0"
205
RSR
31
323
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Trevon Flowers
Tennessee
5'11"
200
SR
32
333
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Christian Young
Arizona
6'3"
222
RSR
33
340
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Kendall Smith Jr.
Illinois
6'1"
205
SR
34
350
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Jalen Green
Mississippi State
6'0"
200
RSR
35
369
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Hunter Reynolds
Utah State
6'0"
200
GR
36
388
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Jaiden Woodbey
Boston College
6'0"
231
GR
37
389
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Ja'Von Hicks
Cincinnati
6'1"
205
RSR
38
411
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Darius Joiner
Duke
6'1"
201
RSR
39
426
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Jaydon Grant
Oregon State
6'0"
193
RSR
40
429
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Xavier Henderson
Michigan State
6'0"
210
RSR
41
447
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Kendell Brooks
Michigan State
6'0"
215
SR
42
473
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Stephan Blaylock
UCLA
5'11"
193
RSR
43
506
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Justin Broiles
Oklahoma State
5'10"
192
RSR
44
564
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Devon Matthews
Indiana
6'0"
195
RSR
45
565
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Xavier Bell
Portland State
6'1"
194
RSR
46
577
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Gurvan Hall Jr.
Utah State
5'11"
177
RSR
47
583
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Nico Bolden
Kent State
6'3"
208
RSR
48
584
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Anthony Cook
Texas
6'0"
185
RSR
49
586
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Dorian Hall
FIU
6'4"
190
RSR
50
589
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Marquis Waters
Texas Tech
6'1"
215
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:4/27/2023

Position Rank

1

Overall Rank

19

Brian Branch

Alabama

JR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

190

Position Rank

2

Overall Rank

58

Antonio Johnson

Texas A&M

JR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

198

Position Rank

3

Overall Rank

72

Sydney Brown

Illinois

RSR

Height:

5'10"

Weight:

211

Position Rank

4

Overall Rank

73

Ji'Ayir Brown

Penn State

RSR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

203

Position Rank

5

Overall Rank

81

Jammie Robinson

Florida State

RJR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

191

Position Rank

6

Overall Rank

95

Jordan Battle

Alabama

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

209

Position Rank

7

Overall Rank

98

J.L. Skinner

Boise State

SR

Height:

6'4"

Weight:

209

Position Rank

8

Overall Rank

103

Christopher Smith II

Georgia

RSR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

192

Position Rank

9

Overall Rank

114

Marte Mapu

Sacramento State

RSR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

217

Position Rank

10

Overall Rank

130

Brandon Joseph

Notre Dame

RJR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

202

Position Rank

11

Overall Rank

138

Daniel Scott

California

RSR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

208

Position Rank

12

Overall Rank

152

DeMarcco Hellams

Alabama

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

203

Position Rank

13

Overall Rank

155

Jay Ward

LSU

SR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

188

Position Rank

14

Overall Rank

175

Jason Taylor II

Oklahoma State

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

204

Position Rank

15

Overall Rank

178

Ronnie Hickman

Ohio State

RJR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

203

Position Rank

16

Overall Rank

180

Jordan Howden

Minnesota

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

203

Position Rank

17

Overall Rank

183

Kaevon Merriweather

Iowa

SR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

18

Overall Rank

185

Trey Dean III

Florida

RJR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

200

Position Rank

19

Overall Rank

189

Gervarrius Owens

Houston

SR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

195

Position Rank

20

Overall Rank

198

Brandon Hill

Pitt

RJR

Height:

5'10"

Weight:

193

Position Rank

21

Overall Rank

215

Chamarri Conner

Virginia Tech

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

202

Position Rank

22

Overall Rank

227

Anthony Johnson Jr.

Iowa State

SR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

23

Overall Rank

244

Khoury Bethley

Arizona State

GR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

24

Overall Rank

248

Rashad Torrence II

Florida

JR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

193

Position Rank

25

Overall Rank

255

A.J. Finley

Ole Miss

SR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

202

Position Rank

26

Overall Rank

265

Avery Young

Rutgers

RSR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

207

Position Rank

27

Overall Rank

281

Quindell Johnson

Memphis

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

195

Position Rank

28

Overall Rank

297

Kenderick Duncan Jr.

Louisville

RSR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

225

Position Rank

29

Overall Rank

309

John Torchio

Wisconsin

SR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

211

Position Rank

30

Overall Rank

322

Bennett Williams

Oregon

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

31

Overall Rank

323

Trevon Flowers

Tennessee

SR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

200

Position Rank

32

Overall Rank

333

Christian Young

Arizona

RSR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

222

Position Rank

33

Overall Rank

340

Kendall Smith Jr.

Illinois

SR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

34

Overall Rank

350

Jalen Green

Mississippi State

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

200

Position Rank

35

Overall Rank

369

Hunter Reynolds

Utah State

GR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

200

Position Rank

36

Overall Rank

388

Jaiden Woodbey

Boston College

GR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

231

Position Rank

37

Overall Rank

389

Ja'Von Hicks

Cincinnati

RSR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

38

Overall Rank

411

Darius Joiner

Duke

RSR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

201

Position Rank

39

Overall Rank

426

Jaydon Grant

Oregon State

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

193

Position Rank

40

Overall Rank

429

Xavier Henderson

Michigan State

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

210

Position Rank

41

Overall Rank

447

Kendell Brooks

Michigan State

SR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

215

Position Rank

42

Overall Rank

473

Stephan Blaylock

UCLA

RSR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

193

Position Rank

43

Overall Rank

506

Justin Broiles

Oklahoma State

RSR

Height:

5'10"

Weight:

192

Position Rank

44

Overall Rank

564

Devon Matthews

Indiana

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

195

Position Rank

45

Overall Rank

565

Xavier Bell

Portland State

RSR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

194

Position Rank

46

Overall Rank

577

Gurvan Hall Jr.

Utah State

RSR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

177

Position Rank

47

Overall Rank

583

Nico Bolden

Kent State

RSR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

208

Position Rank

48

Overall Rank

584

Anthony Cook

Texas

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

185

Position Rank

49

Overall Rank

586

Dorian Hall

FIU

RSR

Height:

6'4"

Weight:

190

Position Rank

50

Overall Rank

589

Marquis Waters

Texas Tech

RSR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

215

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