2025 NFL Draft - Top Safeties

Most Recent Update: 7/20/2024 7:00 PM EST



Rank O/A Chng Player/School Ht/Wt Elig. BIO
1
13
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Malaki Starks
Georgia
6'1"
205
JR
2
40
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Rod Moore
Michigan
6'0"
185
SR
3
53
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Xavier Nwankpa
Iowa
6'2"
210
JR
4
57
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Nick Emmanwori
South Carolina
6'3"
220
JR
5
68
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Andrew Mukuba
Texas
6'0"
185
SR
6
77
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Shilo Sanders
Colorado
6'0"
195
GR
7
79
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Malachi Moore
Alabama
6'0"
198
RSR
8
91
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Keon Sabb
Alabama
6'1"
208
RSO
9
93
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Kevin Winston Jr.
Penn State
6'2"
204
JR
10
102
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Billy Bowman Jr.
Oklahoma
5'10"
190
SR
11
129
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Lathan Ransom
Ohio State
6'0"
207
RSR
12
130
 +50
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Hunter Wohler
Wisconsin
6'2"
211
JR
13
145
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Xavier Watts
Notre Dame
6'0"
204
RSR
14
154
 +120
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Kamari Ramsey
USC
6'1"
205
RSO
15
181
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Aubrey Burks
West Virginia
5'11"
202
SR
16
196
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Yam Banks
Ole Miss
6'1"
208
RSR
17
224
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Jalen Catalon
Texas
5'10"
201
RSR
18
228
 NEW
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Akili Arnold
USC
6'0"
200
RSR
19
237
 NEW
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Jeremiah Cooper
Iowa State
6'0"
185
JR
20
248
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Major Burns
LSU
6'2"
193
RSR
21
267
 NEW
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Quinn Schulte
Iowa
6'1"
209
GR
22
279
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Bud Clark
TCU
6'2"
190
RSR
23
289
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Makari Paige
Michigan
6'3"
208
RSR
24
311
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John Saunders Jr.
Ole Miss
6'2"
200
RSR
25
317
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Key Lawrence
Transfer
6'1"
203
RSR
26
325
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Bryce Anderson
Texas A&M
5'11"
195
JR
27
331
 NEW
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Isheem Young
North Texas
5'10"
215
RSR


Safeties Drafted by Round
Round 2024 2023 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 Avg
RD1 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0.9
RD2 4 2 3 3 5 4 1 3.1
RD3 3 3 3 1 4 2 4 2.9
RD4 5 2 2 2 3 5 4 3.3
RD5 4 5 2 8 2 2 3 3.7
RD6 1 3 6 5 4 3 2 3.5
RD7 5 4 4 2 2 1 0 2.6
Total 22 20 23 21 20 17 17 20.0


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).


















2025 Position Rankings
-- Safeties --
Most Recent Update:7/20/2024

Position Rank

1

Overall Rank

13

Malaki Starks

    

Georgia

JR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

2

Overall Rank

40

Rod Moore

    

Michigan

SR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

185

Position Rank

3

Overall Rank

53

Xavier Nwankpa

    

Iowa

JR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

210

Position Rank

4

Overall Rank

57

Nick Emmanwori

    

South Carolina

JR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

220

Position Rank

5

Overall Rank

68

Andrew Mukuba

    

Texas

SR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

185

Position Rank

6

Overall Rank

77

Shilo Sanders

    

Colorado

GR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

195

Position Rank

7

Overall Rank

79

Malachi Moore

    

Alabama

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

198

Position Rank

8

Overall Rank

91

Keon Sabb

    

Alabama

RSO

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

208

Position Rank

9

Overall Rank

93

Kevin Winston Jr.

    

Penn State

JR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

204

Position Rank

10

Overall Rank

102

Billy Bowman Jr.

    

Oklahoma

SR

Height:

5'10"

Weight:

190

Position Rank

11

Overall Rank

129

Lathan Ransom

    

Ohio State

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

207

Position Rank

12

Overall Rank

130

Hunter Wohler

 +50

Wisconsin

JR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

211

Position Rank

13

Overall Rank

145

Xavier Watts

    

Notre Dame

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

204

Position Rank

14

Overall Rank

154

Kamari Ramsey

 +120

USC

RSO

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

205

Position Rank

15

Overall Rank

181

Aubrey Burks

    

West Virginia

SR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

202

Position Rank

16

Overall Rank

196

Yam Banks

    

Ole Miss

RSR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

208

Position Rank

17

Overall Rank

224

Jalen Catalon

    

Texas

RSR

Height:

5'10"

Weight:

201

Position Rank

18

Overall Rank

228

Akili Arnold

 NEW

USC

RSR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

200

Position Rank

19

Overall Rank

237

Jeremiah Cooper

 NEW

Iowa State

JR

Height:

6'0"

Weight:

185

Position Rank

20

Overall Rank

248

Major Burns

    

LSU

RSR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

193

Position Rank

21

Overall Rank

267

Quinn Schulte

 NEW

Iowa

GR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

209

Position Rank

22

Overall Rank

279

Bud Clark

    

TCU

RSR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

190

Position Rank

23

Overall Rank

289

Makari Paige

    

Michigan

RSR

Height:

6'3"

Weight:

208

Position Rank

24

Overall Rank

311

John Saunders Jr.

    

Ole Miss

RSR

Height:

6'2"

Weight:

200

Position Rank

25

Overall Rank

317

Key Lawrence

    

Transfer

RSR

Height:

6'1"

Weight:

203

Position Rank

26

Overall Rank

325

Bryce Anderson

    

Texas A&M

JR

Height:

5'11"

Weight:

195

Position Rank

27

Overall Rank

331

Isheem Young

 NEW

North Texas

RSR

Height:

5'10"

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