2023 NFL Draft - Top Safeties

Most Recent Update: 9/30/2022 7:00 PM EST



Rank O/A Chng Player/School Ht/Wt Elig. BIO
1
16
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Malachi Moore
Alabama
6'0"
190
JR
2
22
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Antonio Johnson
Texas A&M
6'3"
200
JR
3
23
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Brandon Joseph
Notre Dame
6'1"
192
RJR
4
24
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Jalen Catalon
Arkansas
5'10"
200
RJR
5
26
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Jordan Battle
Alabama
6'1"
206
RJR
6
36
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Rashad Torrence II
Florida
6'0"
205
JR
7
41
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Tykee Smith
Georgia
5'10"
198
RJR
8
58
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Akeem Dent
Florida State
6'1"
203
RJR
9
76
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Lathan Ransom
Ohio State
6'0"
205
JR
10
80
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Trey Dean III
Florida
6'2"
206
RJR
11
83
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Christopher Smith II
Georgia
5'11"
190
RSR
12
85
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J.L. Skinner
Boise State
6'4"
220
SR
13
93
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Demani Richardson
Texas A&M
6'1"
210
RJR
14
102
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Ronnie Hickman
Ohio State
6'1"
205
RJR
15
120
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Beejay Williamson
Louisiana Tech
6'0"
195
RJR
16
131
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Kenderick Duncan Jr.
Louisville
6'2"
225
RSR
17
166
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Isheem Young
Ole Miss
5'10"
210
RJR
18
197
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Quindell Johnson
Memphis
6'0"
195
RSR
19
214
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Jalen Green
Mississippi State
6'0"
200
RSR
20
222
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Jammie Robinson
Florida State
5'11"
203
RJR
21
234
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Christian Young
Arizona
6'3"
222
RSR
22
237
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Lannden Zanders
Clemson
6'1"
210
RJR
23
243
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Jordan Toles
LSU
6'1"
203
JR
24
247
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Ji'Ayir Brown
Penn State
5'11"
208
RSR
25
258
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Sydney Brown
Illinois
6'0"
205
RSR
26
259
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Ja'Von Hicks
Cincinnati
6'1"
205
RSR
27
262
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DeMarcco Hellams
Alabama
6'1"
208
RJR
28
296
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Chamarri Conner
Virginia Tech
6'0"
205
RSR
29
300
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Jaydon Grant
Oregon State
6'0"
193
RSR
30
305
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Xavier Henderson
Michigan State
6'0"
210
RSR
31
331
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Ja'Qurious Conley
North Carolina
6'1"
210
JR
32
367
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Evan Williams
Fresno State
6'1"
198
SR
33
383
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Patrick McMorris
San Diego State
6'0"
210
SR
34
403
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Jordan Anderson
Bowling Green
5'10"
200
SR
35
434
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A.J. Finley
Ole Miss
6'3"
205
SR
36
481
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Hunter Reynolds
Utah State
6'0"
200
GR

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:9/30/2022

Position Rank

1

Overall Rank

16

Malachi Moore

Alabama

JR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

190

Position Rank

2

Overall Rank

22

Antonio Johnson

Texas A&M

JR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

200

Position Rank

3

Overall Rank

23

Brandon Joseph

Notre Dame

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

192

Position Rank

4

Overall Rank

24

Jalen Catalon

Arkansas

RJR

Height:

5'10"

Weight:

200

Position Rank

5

Overall Rank

26

Jordan Battle

Alabama

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

206

Position Rank

6

Overall Rank

36

Rashad Torrence II

Florida

JR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

7

Overall Rank

41

Tykee Smith

Georgia

RJR

Height:

5'10"

Weight:

198

Position Rank

8

Overall Rank

58

Akeem Dent

Florida State

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

203

Position Rank

9

Overall Rank

76

Lathan Ransom

Ohio State

JR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

10

Overall Rank

80

Trey Dean III

Florida

RJR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

206

Position Rank

11

Overall Rank

83

Christopher Smith II

Georgia

RSR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

190

Position Rank

12

Overall Rank

85

J.L. Skinner

Boise State

SR

Height:

6'4"

Weight:

220

Position Rank

13

Overall Rank

93

Demani Richardson

Texas A&M

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

210

Position Rank

14

Overall Rank

102

Ronnie Hickman

Ohio State

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

15

Overall Rank

120

Beejay Williamson

Louisiana Tech

RJR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

195

Position Rank

16

Overall Rank

131

Kenderick Duncan Jr.

Louisville

RSR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

225

Position Rank

17

Overall Rank

166

Isheem Young

Ole Miss

RJR

Height:

5'10"

Weight:

210

Position Rank

18

Overall Rank

197

Quindell Johnson

Memphis

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

195

Position Rank

19

Overall Rank

214

Jalen Green

Mississippi State

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

200

Position Rank

20

Overall Rank

222

Jammie Robinson

Florida State

RJR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

203

Position Rank

21

Overall Rank

234

Christian Young

Arizona

RSR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

222

Position Rank

22

Overall Rank

237

Lannden Zanders

Clemson

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

210

Position Rank

23

Overall Rank

243

Jordan Toles

LSU

JR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

203

Position Rank

24

Overall Rank

247

Ji'Ayir Brown

Penn State

RSR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

208

Position Rank

25

Overall Rank

258

Sydney Brown

Illinois

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

26

Overall Rank

259

Ja'Von Hicks

Cincinnati

RSR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

27

Overall Rank

262

DeMarcco Hellams

Alabama

RJR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

208

Position Rank

28

Overall Rank

296

Chamarri Conner

Virginia Tech

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

29

Overall Rank

300

Jaydon Grant

Oregon State

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

193

Position Rank

30

Overall Rank

305

Xavier Henderson

Michigan State

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

210

Position Rank

31

Overall Rank

331

Ja'Qurious Conley

North Carolina

JR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

210

Position Rank

32

Overall Rank

367

Evan Williams

Fresno State

SR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

198

Position Rank

33

Overall Rank

383

Patrick McMorris

San Diego State

SR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

210

Position Rank

34

Overall Rank

403

Jordan Anderson

Bowling Green

SR

Height:

5'10"

Weight:

200

Position Rank

35

Overall Rank

434

A.J. Finley

Ole Miss

SR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

36

Overall Rank

481

Hunter Reynolds

Utah State

GR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

200